Doria Ragland arrives for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria Ragland was the stand-out star of the Royal Wedding in the same way Pippa Middleton was to sister Kate in 2011. As she stood graciously in the pews of Windsor Castle – ever so slightly nodding and smiling, sometimes with the occasional tear – the world wanted to know who Ragland was. Thankfully, Oprah Winfrey was already all over this for us, inviting the then-future-mother-of-a-duchess to her palatial mansion in Los Angeles.

Winfrey has since revealed the pair spent an afternoon together doing yoga and eating cumquats from her garden. The television host hit back at rumours she had showered Ragland with gifts in exchange for an interview.

“The story was that Meghan’s mom had come to my house and she left laden with gifts,” Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight. “You know what the gifts were? First of all, she’s great at yoga, so I said, ‘Bring your yoga mat and your sneaks in case we just want to do yoga on the lawn.’

“So one of the bags was a yoga mat and the other was lunch…“She said, ‘I love cumquats,’ and I said, ‘I have a cumquat tree!’”

“For all of the people who said I am getting her gifts and I’m trying to bribe her for an interview — they were cumquats,” she continued. “If cumquats can get you an interview, I’m all for it!”

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Oprah Winfrey arrives at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ian West – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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