The Duchess of Sussex’s 64-year-old mother was recently named the CEO of Beverly Hills-based company Loving Kindness, which takes care of the elderly.
Meghan’s lawyer Rick Genow, who represents a string of movie stars, reportedly set up the deal, according to the Express – and one US business expert says it’s “not the usual sort of deal” for someone like Genow to get involved in.
However, considering how high-profile Meghan and her family have become, it’s “understandable” they would want someone on their team with experience of representing famous people, he says.
Just a few months ago, Doria started a new job teaching students how to make jewellery at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles. On the college website, her bio reads: “Doria Ragland is a local artist who has been designing jewelry and clothing for over 10 years.
"She has participated in some of the finest art shows in the country and has received awards for her designs. She loves teaching and believes in wearing handmade jewelry."
However, the classes – which cost between $28 (R482) and $50 (R855) a time – were put on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Doria – who has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California – quit her job as a social worker at a mental-health clinic after Meghan married Prince Harry in 2018.
When she met Meghan’s now-estranged father, Thomas Markle, she was working as a makeup artist on the set of the soapie General Hospital while he worked as a lighting director.
Mom and daughter have remained incredibly close and Doria has a home in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighbourhood of LA, which is just over an hour’s drive from the Sussexes’ home in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
Meghan has described her mom as “amazing” in the past while admitting they’re “so different”.
“My mom has got a nose ring and dreadlocks and she’s super free-spirited and laidback.
“She also calls me ‘Flower’. She’s always called me that.”
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, thesun.co.uk