Doria Loyce Ragland (born September 2, 1956)  is an American former makeup artist, business owner, yoga instructor, and social worker who worked in the [a] mental health sector from 2015 to 2018. Ragland's daughter is  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Doria Ragland was born in
Cleveland, Ohio, to nurse Jeanette Arnold (1929–2000) and her second husband Alvin Azell Ragland (1929–2011), an antiques dealer who sold items at flea markets.  Ragland's maternal grandparents, James and Nettie Arnold, respectively worked as a  bellhop and an elevator operator at the whites-only Hotel St. Regis on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.   Her parents moved to Los Angeles when Ragland was a baby  and later divorced. In 1983, her father married kindergarten teacher Ava Burrow,  who is near to Ragland's age; the two remained close after that marriage also ended in divorce.  Ragland has two older maternal half-siblings, Joseph Jr. and Saundra Johnson, and a younger paternal half-brother, Joffrey Ragland.  
Career and education
Fairfax High School, Ragland worked as a makeup artist and met her future husband,  Thomas Markle, while employed on the set of the television show . She later worked as a travel agent and owned a small business, before filing for bankruptcy in the mid-2000s. General Hospital Ragland went on to complete a  Bachelor of Arts in psychology. In 2011, she earned a  Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.  After passing California's licensing exam in 2015, she was a social worker for three years at the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services clinic in [c] Culver City.     Ragland has also worked as a yoga instructor. 
lighting director Thomas Markle on December 23, 1979, at Hollywood's Paramahansa Yogananda Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in a ceremony performed by Brother Bhaktananda.  They divorced in 1987.   Their daughter,  Meghan, was born in 1981. Both parents contributed to raising her.
Ragland resides in  View Park–Windsor Hills, California,  in a house inherited from her father in 2011.  She has accompanied Meghan to public events and attended her 2018  wedding to Prince Harry in London.  Ragland became a grandmother on May 6, 2019. She flew to the UK to see her grandson,  Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, and his parents. In July, she attended Archie's christening at the private chapel at  Windsor Castle.
^ A genealogical blog published by the
New England Historic Genealogical Society contains an essay by a staff member that says she was born September 15, 1956. 
^ According to information passed down (much of it verbally) from earlier generations, the Ragland name came from William Ragland, a
Methodist who had emigrated during the eighteenth century from Cornwall, England to North America, settling successively in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. It is inferred by family members that her first identifiable  African American Ragland ancestor was Richard Ragland, born in Jonesboro, Georgia, in 1830; he lived long enough to experience the abolition of slavery in 1865. 
magazine mentions that the relationship between Meghan and her mother is close. The article quotes Meghan as saying of their relationship as being an "us against the world". Meghan paid for her mother to attend graduate school when she became wealthy. On Meghan's blog she is quoted as saying in a The New Yorker Mother's Day post "There's no drama", referring to a film in which a light-skinned daughter that has been Imitation of Life passing for white shuns her dark-skinned mother. 
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