Doria Ragland’s moving desire for grandchildren: ‘Healthier for normal upbringing’

Royal expert: Doria Ragland should walk Meghan down the aisle

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The Sussexes welcomed their second child and first daughter on June 4. The couple chose to announce their daughter’s arrival, on their website Archewell, by releasing a statement which read: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. “Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.” Baby Lili weighed seven pounds and 11 ounces.

She has been named after both her grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales, and her great grandmother Queen Elizabeth II who was given the nickname “Lilibet” by her father, King George VI.

Her Majesty is said to be “delighted” with the birth of her 11th grandchild and a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

There has undoubtedly been tension among members of the Firm ever since the Sussexes quit the Royal Family in 2020 and then carried out a series of interviews through which they detailed their reasons for leaving their royal duties behind.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Meghan expressed the difficulties she faced while living as a working royal and said she felt “suicidal” when she was pregnant with her son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

She added that she was “worried about not having security” for Archie and that her son “would not be given a royal title”.

However, since relocating to California – which is also where Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland lives – Harry has said that his wife’s mental health had “improved”.

Unearthed reports have revealed that a source believed that Doria felt Meghan and Harry’s decision to relocate to California would be “healthier for a normal upbringing” for her grandchildren.

The source said: “As she raised Meghan to stand strong in her beliefs, [Doria is] thrilled that Archie, too, will be able to grow up having the freedom to make his own decisions in life, which would not have been possible if Harry and Meghan had stayed in the Royal Family.

“She feels that it’s healthier for Archie to have a normal upbringing.

“While Doria never put pressure on Meghan to leave the Royal Family, she’s over-the-moon to have Archie closer to home.

“She can’t wait to spend more time with her grandson and get to know him properly, once the pandemic is over.”

Doria – who is very close to her daughter – took a Doula course in 2019 in a bid to ensure that Meghan received the best after-birth support.

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After completing the course she flew to the UK and moved into Frogmore Cottage with Harry and Meghan to help the couple prepare for the birth of their son who was born on May 6, 2019.

Although she was very much the doting grandmother, Doria was unable to spend much time with her grandson because she lived over 5,000 miles away – and the Sussexes had chosen to remain in the UK to continue with royal duties.

After Doria left, both Harry and Meghan attempted to balance out parenthood with their workload but eventually decided to hire extra nannies to help look after their son so they could carry on with royal tasks.

In an Amazon Prime documentary titled ‘Meghan Markle: Changing Traditions,’ entertainment reporter Ashley Pearson said: “Meghan’s mother Doria has been unfailingly supportive of her daughter, so much so that she took a class on how to be a supportive Doula in the birthing room.

“She was seen actually taking classes on this in LA so her mother was studied up and she came over to help and assist Meghan during the home birth and during the birth process and Doria is said to still be there helping Meghan with the initial weeks of motherhood.

“And I’m sure they are doing some post-baby yoga as well.”

While her daughter was living as a working royal, Doria expressed her concerns for Meghan.

A royal insider said that before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to leave the Firm, Doria had been “really worried about Meghan,” and was “relieved her daughter was putting her mental health and wellbeing first”.

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