An influence in the decision is, according to her friends, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. The Mail on Sunday report Ms Ragland’s loyalty towards Harry and Meghan played a vital role in their decision to seek financial independence in North America. One former confidant of Ms Ragland explained: “Harry in particular turns to her for advice.
“She is like the Queen – she never complains and never explains.
“She's laid-back, and people see her nose ring and dreadlocks which are cool – but make no mistake, she has a core of steel.”
They warned: “Underestimate her at your peril.
“Meghan has always trusted her completely but she has become a rock to Harry who, of course, lost his own mother so young.
The dramatic Sussex exit from the royal family has been dubed 'Megxit' (Image: GETTY)
Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother is said to have played a key role in the split (Image: GETTY)
“Doria has a great warmth. She's a brilliant cook and is very motherly, but she isn't someone who seeks attention, and for Harry her discretion and silence mean the world.”
Ms Ragland was the only member of Meghan’s family to attend the couple’s wedding.
The source added: “Doria has always been someone who values her privacy and no more so than now.
“But she has been back and forth for the last few weeks. And when she's not with them, she is on the phone constantly.”
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Ms Ragland joined the Sussex's for the launch of a cookbook to support Grenfell fire victims (Image: GETTY)
After the birth of the couple’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Ms Ragland spent six weeks at Frogmore Cottage to help the first time parents.
The source continued: “Doria comes across as this nose-ring wearing,