Meghan Markle’s proud American mom Doria holds hands with Prince Charles after sitting alone and shedding a tear during emotional ceremony.
Doria Ragland was the picture of pride as she watched her daughter Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel on Saturday.
The 61-year-old appeared to fight back tears as she took her seat in St George’s Chapel, after accompanying her daughter on the short car journey from Cliveden House, where she spent her final night as a single woman.
Her now son-in-law Prince Harry, eager to offer her some reassurance, was seen turning to catch her eye from the altar.
Doria was Meghan’s sole relative inside St George’s Chapel on her wedding day, after her father Thomas Markle – who had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle – revealed he’d suffered a heart attack and would not be travelling from the US to attend.
But following the ceremony, it became clear how quickly Doria has been accepted into the royal fold, as she emerged from the chapel on the arm of Prince Charles, whose wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, was on the other side.
There she posed for her first photograph as the mother to a princess, standing alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen herself, and looking chic in a pistachio green coat and matching dress by Oscar de la Renta.
Doria had accompanied Meghan from Cliveden House, in Taplow, Berkshire, where she spent her final night as a single woman before officially joining the royal family as the wife of the sixth in line to the British throne.
Their journey gave eager royal fans their first glimpse of the bride, who looked stunning in a gown by the British designer Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy – complete with a 15ft veil embroidered with flowers of the Commonwealth.
Doria beamed and gazed adoringly at her daughter in the back of her wedding car as they made the short trip to St George’s Chapel.
The spotlight on Doria Ragland dimmed in the run-up to her daughter Meghan’s marriage into the world’s most famous family, after it was announced the responsibility of accompanying the former Suits actress down the aisle would be given to her father-in-law-to-be, rather than her mother.
It had been expected by some that Doria, a yoga instructor and social worker from California, would take on the role vacated days earlier by Meghan’s father, whose health issues left him unable to perform the duty.
He remained in the US on Saturday as his daughter said her vows.