Doria Ragland is very tired and ready to talk.
Meghan Markle’s mother, who has been out of the public eye since her daughter’s relationship with Prince Harry became public, has finally broken her silence in the new Harry and Meghan documentary.
Ragland, 66, who was featured in the second episode of the Netflix show, said she was finally ready to discuss her experience when her daughter joined the royal family.
“The last 5 years have been tough,” Ragland said. “I’m ready to make my voice heard, that’s for sure.”
Ragland recalled that while she and her daughter were on the phone, Markle, 41, admitted she was dating the prince and was not allowed to tell anyone about it.
“Mom, I’m going with Prince Harry,” Markle whispered.
Ragland also recalled meeting the 38-year-old Duke of Sussex for the first time.
“You know, he was a handsome man with red hair, like six. Really great manners. He was very nice. And they looked very happy together. “Yes, it was the same person,” Ragland said.
However, according to Ragland, once the relationship became public, everything changed and became about race.
“I told him. I remember it very clearly, it’s about race,” Ragland recalled.
“And Meg said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to hear that.’ And I said, ‘You might not want to hear it, but this is what’s coming down the pike.’
In the week since Harry and Meghan went public, stories have surfaced that Markle “walked straight out of Compton”.
Royal procedure dictated that the couple not respond to taunts and jibes, but rather ignore them.
Since then, Ragland has admitted that she feels “insecure” with the paparazzi constantly following her around.
“Someone was always there waiting for me and watching me go to work. The paparazzi chased me,” he said.