Doria Ragland makes a cameo in Meghan Markle's podcast

‘Hi Mommy!’ Doria Ragland makes a cameo in Meghan Markle’s podcast Archetypes after FaceTiming while she was recording – as Duchess praises her mother for ‘juggling so much’ while raising her

  • Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland appeared on podcast Archetypes today
  • Duchess of Sussex, 41, shared soundbite of Doria FaceTiming during recording
  • Said it got her to reflect on ‘all the ways’ mother supported her through the years

Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland made a surprise cameo in her Spotify podcast today. 

In a soundbite shared by Meghan on the podcast, which was releaed this morning, Doria could be heard FaceTiming her and speaking to her daughter for a few seconds as she was recording the show from her Montecito home in California.  

The Duchess of Sussex said the spontaneous moment made her reflect on the way in which Doria, who lives close by in Los Angeles, has supported her throughout her life. 

She also joked that they still do a handshake she came up with when she was eight, and said that being mother can be ‘the most thankless unpaid labor there is.’

Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland made a surprise cameo in her Spotify podcast today. Pictured in 2018 before the royal wedding 

In a soundbite shared by Meghan on the podcast, Doria could be heard FaceTiming her and speaking for a few seconds before they hung up as she was recording the show from her Montecito home in California

Meghan played the soundbite of the FaceTime call during the podcast, explaining Doria had interrupted her recording a few weeks beforehand by calling her. 

‘So, a few weeks ago while I was working on this very episode, my mom called. She actually FaceTimed,’ she said, before the clip played. 

In the outtake, Meghan could be heard saying: ‘Oh sugar, my mom’s FaceTiming me.’

She then picked up the phone and could be heard saying: ‘Hey, Mommy,’ with Doria replying “Hey, how’s my girl?”.

Meghan Markle’s star guest on her new Spotify podcast is First Lady of Canada Sophie Trudeau. Pictured in a photo booth in 2016

‘Hey, I’m okay, I’m hanging in there,’ Meghan could be heard chuckling, before adding: ‘It’s okay, I’m recording right now. Do you want to see?’

‘We’re just doing some podcasting. Can I call you back in a little bit,’ she was then heard asking. 

‘It was just your run-of-the-mill mother-daughter, conversation,’ Meghan can be heard saying in a voiceover playing midway through the soundbite. 

‘I have on a smiley face,’ Doria could be heard saying, with Meghan repeating ‘I have on a smiley face,’ and ‘I love you.’

Meghan took the occasion of her mother calling her while she was recording to bring up something they have been sharing since she was a child.  

Speaking to her guest First Lady of Canada Sophie Trudeau, whom she describes as a close friend, the Duchess of Sussex, 41, revealed what mornings where like for her and Prince Harry in their Montecito home, where they care for their son Archie, three and daughter Lilibet, who is 17-months old  

‘My mom, she did this thing I do. You may have heard this clicking sound that she was doing,’ she said. 

‘All right, gang, my mom literally just pulled out a reference of what I came up with as a cool handshake to do with her when I was about eight, which was snap scissors, cut chicken,’ she said, laughing. 

‘I’m 41-years-old. And she’s like, “okay”,’ she laughed into the microphone. ‘It’s great. And it just put me right back into the past thinking about my childhood and our little quirks together. 

‘And then with this episode on my brain, it got me thinking about all the ways my mom supported me, how she took care of me and the house and herself and how she just juggled so much,’ she went on. 

‘The amount that women carry, that they navigate – it’s immense, and it’s often the most thankless unpaid labor there is,’ she added. 

‘There’s no union, there’s no lunch break. There’s nothing like that. At home, women just work really, really hard,’ she added. 

‘A lot of that work is born out of necessity, but so much of it is also born out of expectations,’ she said. 

Sophie Trudeau attended the funeral of the Queen with her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on September 19, pictured. Meghan described her as a friend 

The Duchess of Sussex’s spoke of her relationship with motherhood in her podcast this week, with First Lady of Canada Sophie Trudeau as a star guest. 

The friends spoke about the challenges of parenting and being a partner to two famous men in an episode called: ‘Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom’.

The pair also described the ‘crushing guilt’ of being a mother in public eye with Meghan admitting Sophie ‘used to send me little meditations during my pregnancy’ and voice notes ‘of encouragement’, adding: ‘I’ve gone to her over the years for advice’.

And Meghan also revealed she threw a pool party this summer for Mrs Trudeau, where the two ‘giggled like schoolgirls’ and drank wine on the terrace of her Montecito mansion.

But Meghan also chatted to comedian Pamela Adlon, best known as the voice of Bobby Hill in the animated comedy series King of the Hill, who became a British citizen in 2020.

Meghan then revealed that she prepared for the ‘Life in the UK’ test ‘a couple of years ago’, although LA born and based Ms Markle is not believed to be a British Citizen, having reportedly ‘abandoned’ the idea after Megxit. Experts said that she did not live in the UK for the three years required to get spousal citizenship after marrying Harry in 2018.

She said: ‘That citizenship exam is so hard. I was studying for it [the test] and I remember going: “Oh my goodness”. I would ask my husband: “Did you know this? Did you know this?” And he would say: “I had no idea”. But she did not expand on whether she ever took the test – or just studied for it.

According to the explosive biography Finding Freedom, when she began dating Harry in 2016, Meghan was urged to take advice from Sophie Trudeau by her friend Jessica Mulroney, who deemed the two women ‘now had a lot in common’ because of their famous husbands.

They would become close pals and confidants with Justin Trudeau urging his country to welcome the Sussexes after they emigrated from the UK in 2020.

Introducing her friend Mrs Trudeau, Meghan calls he a ‘humanitarian mother’ who she met in Toronto at the city’s fashion week around seven years ago, when she was starring in Suits.

She said: ‘Sophie has become a dear friend and someone who I think is so emblematic of strength that comes from embracing your humanity, even in the face of all these family and home and public pressures, keeping that sense of self while holding up the mantle of what comes with being a parent and a spouse, that’s a full plate’.

Ms Markle and Canada’s First Lady became friends when Meghan was filming Suits. The Duchess of Sussex became part of Toronto’s ‘platinum elite’, which also included their mutual friend Jessica Mulroney.

They posed together cheek-to-cheek on a Toronto rooftop bar in 2016 at the exclusive Soho House. And it was Mrs Trudeau’s husband, who has been Canada’s PM since 2015, who urged his country to welcome the Sussexes after they emigrated from the UK. They would later move to LA.

Opening the podcast, Meghan describes a day of laughter and fun at her Montecito mansion with Mrs Trudeau. Their children played in the swimming pool on pizza-shaped floats while they drank wine ‘on the terrace’ and were ‘giddy like absolute schoolgirls.’

Meghan said: ‘This wasn’t our day of being the wives and moms, all perfectly quaffed with updos and pearls and demure smiles.

‘This was the other version of us both with wild curly hair and swimsuits and loose linen and huge belly laughs. Big cuddles with our little ones, quiet whispers of girl talk on the terrace, giddy like absolute schoolgirls. We were just having so much fun.’

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