Meghan Markle's mother Doria arrives in UK to reunite with daughter

  • Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, 61, landed in London on Wednesday 
  • Prince Harry's aides carried her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit
  • She is set to meet the Queen and the rest of the royals before the wedding 
  • Doria left her California home on Tuesday and headed to an Los Angeles airport 
  • Meghan's dad Thomas Markle, 73, has confirmed he will not attend the wedding

By Cheyenne Roundtree For Mailonline

Published: 08:20 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 10:37 EDT, 16 May 2018

Meghan Markle's mother received the royal treatment today as she flew into Heathrow's VIP Windsor suite before an emotional reunion with her daughter.

Doria Ragland, 61, landed in London on Wednesday afternoon following a nearly 11 hour flight from Los Angeles that took off yesterday evening.

She was picked up by a Jaguar, which is part of the royal fleet, at the steps of the aircraft and taken to the private Windsor Suite.

Meghan's personal assistant Amy Pickerill greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit.   

The yoga instructor and social worker is expected to see Meghan and Prince Harry first before meeting the Queen and other senior royals for the first time. 

Doria's arrival comes after Meghan's father Thomas Markle announced he would not be attending the royal wedding on Saturday due to heart surgery.   

Meghan Markle's mother touched down in the UK today for an emotional reunion with her daughter as she prepares to meet the royal family for first time. Pictured:  
Meghan Markle's mother touched down in the UK today for an emotional reunion with her daughter as she prepares to meet the royal family for first time. Pictured:  

Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland touched down in the UK today for an emotional reunion with her daughter as she prepares to meet the royal family for first time. Pictured: Doria making her way to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday

Meghan's personal assistant greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit (pictured)  
Meghan's personal assistant greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit (pictured)  

Meghan's personal assistant greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit (pictured)  

 Doria was picked up by a Jaguar, which is part of the royal fleet, at the steps of the aircraft and taken to the private Windsor Suite
 Doria was picked up by a Jaguar, which is part of the royal fleet, at the steps of the aircraft and taken to the private Windsor Suite

 Doria was picked up by a Jaguar, which is part of the royal fleet, at the steps of the aircraft and taken to the private Windsor Suite

Meghan's personal assistant Amy Pickerill (pictured) greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit
Meghan's personal assistant Amy Pickerill (pictured) greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit

Meghan's personal assistant Amy Pickerill (pictured) greeted the future royal's mother as Prince Harry's aides were seen collecting her baggage, including her Burberry wedding outfit

Prince Harry and Meghan will see Doria first before she meets the rest of the royal brood
Prince Harry and Meghan will see Doria first before she meets the rest of the royal brood

Prince Harry and Meghan will see Doria first before she meets the rest of the royal brood

After Doria got off the plane, she was driven to the VIP Windsor Suite, where Miss Pickerill was waiting with an immigration officer. 

The officer reportedly took one look at Meghan's mother before stamping her passport and letting her go. 

Miss Pickerill was seen getting into the Jaguar and driving away with Doria.

Prince Harry and Meghan will see Doria first before she meets the rest of the royal brood. 

She is expected to meet Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and his wife Kate before the big day.

Doria was seen leaving her house on Tuesday afternoon, wearing a low-key ensemble for the 10 and a half hour flight, choosing a chic blazer over a white T-shirt that had a picture of a dog on the front. 

Meghan's mother arrived at LAX's brand new Private Suite, used by the rich and famous, which provides ultimate privacy and luxury facilities, at a cost of thousands of pounds. 

She will stay with the bride at Cliveden House the night before the nuptials, and then travelling with her to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on the day. 

The five star mansion, near the village of Teplow on the border of Buckinghamshire and Berkshire is roughly 15 minutes away by car to the wedding venue. 

It has been chosen for its secluded location and privacy.  

On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX
On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX
On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX
On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX

On the go: The 61-year-old yoga instructor and social worker got picked up at her California home as she made her way to LAX on Tuesday 

The SUV was seen using a private entrance as the mother of the bride made her way to LAX on Tuesday 
The SUV was seen using a private entrance as the mother of the bride made her way to LAX on Tuesday 

The SUV was seen using a private entrance as the mother of the bride made her way to LAX on Tuesday 

Doria has worn Burberry for a public outing before; she wore a peach blouse by the brand to attend the closing ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games with Meghan in September 2017
Doria has worn Burberry for a public outing before; she wore a peach blouse by the brand to attend the closing ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games with Meghan in September 2017

Doria has worn Burberry for a public outing before; she wore a peach blouse by the brand to attend the closing ceremony of Prince Harry's Invictus Games with Meghan in September 2017

Doria has been keeping a low profile over recent weeks in the run up to Saturday's nuptials, and has been photographed out and about near her home in Los Angeles. 

The yoga instructor and social worker has been described by Meghan as a 'free spirited clinical therapist' and she has been seen alongside Meghan at a number of public events.

Prince Harry, who has described her as 'amazing' flew Doria out to Toronto to join Meghan and himself at the Invictus Games last year.

Royal experts said at the time that Harry's decision to invite Meghan's mum to join them at the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games was 'hugely significant.' 

Doria was already expected to have an 'important role' during the ceremony. It is thought she will ride with Meghan in the car to the chapel in Windsor Castle. 

Doria with her daughter Meghan at the Invictus Games closing ceremony
Doria with her daughter Meghan at the Invictus Games closing ceremony
Prince Harry and Meghan
Prince Harry and Meghan

Doria, (left, with her daughter) has been keeping a low profile ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding (the couple, pictured right) 

The former yoga instructor and social worker is expected to see Meghan and Prince Harry first, before meeting the Queen (pictured today) and other senior royals for the first time
The former yoga instructor and social worker is expected to see Meghan and Prince Harry first, before meeting the Queen (pictured today) and other senior royals for the first time

The former yoga instructor and social worker is expected to see Meghan and Prince Harry first, before meeting the Queen (pictured today) and other senior royals for the first time

Inside the paparazzi-proof £2,000 per-use private terminal at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport's 'The Private Suite' has been catering for celebrities and wealthy clients since it opened in May.

Guests will have to pay a $7,500 (£5,500) annual fee to use the facilities, that includes a private check-in bar and lavish seating area.

But every time they visit, they will face an additional charge. Groups of up to four people will cost $2,700 (£2,000) for a domestic flight and $3,000 (£2,200) for an international flight.

The suite features perks such as a BMW car service that will drive members from private TSA screening directly to their planes
The suite features perks such as a BMW car service that will drive members from private TSA screening directly to their planes

The suite features perks such as a BMW car service that will drive members from private TSA screening directly to their planes

The service is expected to draw a celebrity-heavy clientele, with LAX the prime hubs for many celebrities flying in and out on a daily basis
The service is expected to draw a celebrity-heavy clientele, with LAX the prime hubs for many celebrities flying in and out on a daily basis

The service is expected to draw a celebrity-heavy clientele, with LAX the prime hubs for many celebrities flying in and out on a daily basis

The Gavin de Becker & Associates designed venture offers private parking, black car escorts, a private lounge plus 13 additional private rooms and celebrity chef meals, among other perks.

Roasted seaweed is said to be among the snacks on offer to the high-class clientele.  

Once passengers they are screened, they will be driven directly to their planes in a BMW sedan.

Each guest or group of four will interface with a team of eight terminal employees, Forbes reported.

In addition to a 'private lounge,' there are 13 private rooms that include daybeds, dress clothing and snacks including tortilla chips and roasted seaweed
In addition to a 'private lounge,' there are 13 private rooms that include daybeds, dress clothing and snacks including tortilla chips and roasted seaweed

In addition to a 'private lounge,' there are 13 private rooms that include daybeds, dress clothing and snacks including tortilla chips and roasted seaweed

Each of the 13 individual suites also comes with its own bathroom. Pictured: A bathroom in The Private Suite
Each of the 13 individual suites also comes with its own bathroom. Pictured: A bathroom in The Private Suite

Each of the 13 individual suites also comes with its own bathroom. Pictured: A bathroom in The Private Suite

Two staff members assist with entry, two assist with special individual requests, one assists with screening, one acts as a driver, one handles luggage and one walks members right up to the aircraft door. 

The 13 private suites within The Private Suite all come with daybeds, individual bathrooms, snack-stocked refrigerators, flavoured almond dispensers, roasted seaweed and tortilla chips snacks, headphones, dress clothing and raincoats, the Wall Street Journal reported. 

The terminal will be next to LAX's south runway. LAX is about 15 miles southwest of Hollywood
The terminal will be next to LAX's south runway. LAX is about 15 miles southwest of Hollywood

The terminal will be next to LAX's south runway. LAX is about 15 miles southwest of Hollywood

Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, has once again pulled out of his daughter's big day, revealing that he needs to have major heart surgery this morning
Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, has once again pulled out of his daughter's big day, revealing that he needs to have major heart surgery this morning

Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, has once again pulled out of his daughter's big day, revealing that he needs to have major heart surgery this morning

Wedding day: Meghan and Prince Harry are slated to say 'I do' on Saturday, May 19 at St. George's Chapel, which is on the grounds at Windsor Castle 
Wedding day: Meghan and Prince Harry are slated to say 'I do' on Saturday, May 19 at St. George's Chapel, which is on the grounds at Windsor Castle 

Wedding day: Meghan and Prince Harry are slated to say 'I do' on Saturday, May 19 at St. George's Chapel, which is on the grounds at Windsor Castle 

The surgery seems to be the final end to speculation surrounding Thomas' attendance
The surgery seems to be the final end to speculation surrounding Thomas' attendance

The surgery seems to be the final end to speculation surrounding Thomas' attendance

Thomas Markle, 73, revealed that he is having major heart surgery today, coming just hours after it appeared Meghan had convinced her father to change his mind and attend the nuptials, when he announced he wouldn't be coming on Monday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding in numbers

0 - Maids of Honour - all the bridesmaids will be children

1 - Best man - Harry's brother, the Duke of Cambridge

1 - Hour - the length of the wedding ceremony

2 - Diamonds from Diana, Princess of Wales's collection used for Meghan's engagement ring, plus one from Botswana

3 - Diana's siblings at the service

6 - Harry's position in line to the throne

6 - Windsor Grey horses taking part in the carriage ride

7 - Charities Harry and Meghan picked to receive public donations instead of wedding gifts

16 - The wedding will be the 16th royal wedding or blessing to take place in St George's Chapel since 1863 

200 - Guests invited to the Frogmore House evening reception

600 - Congregation in St George's Chapel

2,640 - People specially invited into the grounds of the castle

5,000 - UK and international media accredited in Windsor

100,000 - Estimated number of visitors in Windsor on the day 

He said he didn't want to embarrass his daughter any further after the Mail on Sunday revealed he had staged paparazzi shots for money. 

Before again changing his mind, Thomas said he believed his ex-wife Doria would be a 'good choice' to give their daughter away.

Doria is the clear favorite to walk her down the aisle if Thomas is not cleared by doctors to fly.

Prince Charles is 2/1 with the bookies to step in while Prince William is 5/1 to take Meghan into St George's before starting his duties as Harry's best man.

There have also been a flurry of bets on Meghan walking down the aisle alone. 

Doria made her way to LAX just one day after it was reported that she quit her job at a mental health clinic.   

According to Us Weekly, the 61-year-old social worker she left her role at the Los Angeles clinic she had been working at to pursue her goal of starting her own private practice following her daughter's nuptials.

'Doria is no longer working at the mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area. It was Doria's decision to leave,' a source told the outlet. 'She has talked about starting her own private practice, focusing on working with elderly patients.' 

The reports about Doria's decision to quit her job come just one week after it was revealed that she had met with TV legend Oprah Winfrey at her $88 million Los Angeles home in order to discuss ideas for a tell-all interview. 

According to the Mirror Online, the duo spent six hours together going over potential topics that could be covered during a sit-down, with a source saying that they focused particularly on race and the role that it has played in Harry and Meghan's relationship.  

'Oprah and Doria spent a long time chatting and they got on really well,' the source said.

'The most important and significant issue they spoke about was race and how badly some people had reacted to Meghan and Harry. 

'What happened to Meghan and Harry was disgusting and they and all of their families were horrified. It's an issue close to both Doria and Oprah, who have both suffered racism.' 

However, the interview reportedly needs to be approved by Meghan, Harry, and Buckingham Palace before it is recorded. 

Growing up, Meghan lived with her mother in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.  

The Suits star's mother, Doria, and her father, Thomas, divorced when she was six years old.

Extended family: Meghan's nephews Tyler (R) and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Tracy Dooley (L), are in London for the wedding but they aren't thought to be attending the ceremony
Extended family: Meghan's nephews Tyler (R) and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Tracy Dooley (L), are in London for the wedding but they aren't thought to be attending the ceremony

Extended family: Meghan's nephews Tyler (R) and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Tracy Dooley (L), are in London for the wedding but they aren't thought to be attending the ceremony

'What a journey so far!' Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began sharing images of the trip on his Facebook page
'What a journey so far!' Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began sharing images of the trip on his Facebook page

'What a journey so far!' Shortly after arriving in London, Tyler began sharing images of the trip on his Facebook page

Although Doria is thought to be the only close relative attending the royal wedding, members of Meghan's extended family are in town for Saturday's celebration. 

The former actress' nephews Tyler and Thomas Dooley and their mother, Meghan's sister-in-law Tracy Dooley, seem determined to take part in the big day.

Despite previously revealing they hadn't received an invite to the royal wedding, the trio were seen making their way to the arrivals gate at the London airport on Monday with 13 suitcases.  

The family have been enlisted as 'special correspondents' for Good Morning Britain and are expected to report from Windsor, though are thought not to be attending the ceremony.

Meghan's best friend touches down in London: Fashion queen arrives at Heathrow with family 

Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney arrived in London with her husband and three children this morning, just 72 hours before the royal wedding.

The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport with her husband Ben Mulroney, son of the country's ex-prime minister Brian Mulroney.

They were with their three children - twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four - who are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday's wedding.

Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney arrives at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 - 'The Queen's Terminal' - this morning with her husband Ben Mulroney and their three children
Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney arrives at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 - 'The Queen's Terminal' - this morning with her husband Ben Mulroney and their three children

Meghan Markle's best friend Jessica Mulroney arrives at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 - 'The Queen's Terminal' - this morning with her husband Ben Mulroney and their three children

The couple were with their three children - twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four
The couple were with their three children - twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four
Mrs Mulroney arrives in London today
Mrs Mulroney arrives in London today

The couple were with their three children - twins Brian and John, seven, and daughter Ivy, four

The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport this morning
The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport this morning

The 37-year-old glossy Canadian socialite touched down at Heathrow Airport this morning

Meghan Markle 's best friend arrived in London with her husband and three children today
Meghan Markle 's best friend arrived in London with her husband and three children today

Meghan Markle 's best friend arrived in London with her husband and three children today

It comes amid claims Meghan's father Thomas Markle, who lives in Mexico, will not walk her down the aisle in Windsor because he is due to have a heart operation.

Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney, dubbed 'the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto', runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan choose her gown.

Meghan went on holiday with Mrs Mulroney to Positano on the Amalfi coast in August 2016 in one of her last jaunts as a single woman before her engagement.  

Their friendship has gone from strength to strength since Meghan, then a young ingenue, moved to Toronto in 2011 to play Rachel Zane in the TV show Suits.

By then Mrs Mulroney was married to Ben Mulroney, and one of Canada's top television presenters, and mingled with the cream of Toronto society.

The children are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday's wedding in Windsor
The children are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday's wedding in Windsor

The children are rumoured to be page boys and flower girl at Saturday's wedding in Windsor

Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney has been called 'the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto'
Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney has been called 'the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto'

Professional wedding planner Mrs Mulroney has been called 'the Gwyneth Paltrow of Toronto'

Mrs Mulroney runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan Markle choose her gown
Mrs Mulroney runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan Markle choose her gown
Mrs Mulroney smiles as she arrives with her family
Mrs Mulroney smiles as she arrives with her family

Mrs Mulroney runs a bridal store and is said to have helped Meghan Markle choose her gown

She introduced Meghan to her social circle, which included Canada's First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

The former Jessica Brownstein came from a privileged background as a member of Canada's Browns shoes dynasty, which is worth a reported £50million.

She attended an exclusive all-girls' school, before studying industrial relations and economics at McGill University. She then launched a business importing lingerie.

After a successful career as a stylist - with her own TV slot - and wedding planner, she was propelled to the A-list in 2008 after marrying Brian Mulroney's eldest son. 

She comes from a privileged background as a member of Canada's Browns shoes dynasty
She comes from a privileged background as a member of Canada's Browns shoes dynasty

She comes from a privileged background as a member of Canada's Browns shoes dynasty

Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have previously sought refuge at Mrs Muroney's house
Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have previously sought refuge at Mrs Muroney's house

Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have previously sought refuge at Mrs Muroney's house

Meghan's unofficial wedding planner and best friend Mrs Mulroney posted this picture on Instagram in August 2016 – a month after Meghan had her first date with Prince Harry
Meghan's unofficial wedding planner and best friend Mrs Mulroney posted this picture on Instagram in August 2016 – a month after Meghan had her first date with Prince Harry

Meghan's unofficial wedding planner and best friend Mrs Mulroney posted this picture on Instagram in August 2016 – a month after Meghan had her first date with Prince Harry

Mrs Mulroney and Meghan are said to have bonded over a passion for yoga, Pilates, dogs and philanthropy - and Meghan calls herself as 'Aunty Meg' to the children.

Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have sought refuge at Mrs Muroney's house when news of their relationship broke.

Then last September, as engagement speculation grew, Mrs Mulroney was in a box with Meghan and her mother Doria for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games.

Harry joined them for the final 20 minutes of the show, standing arm in arm with Meghan and planting a kiss on her check as they watched Bryan Adams sing. 

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