Meghan's mom Doria seems to be warming up to Royal life, while Kate's mom Carole keeps behind the scenes
Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland, recently joined Prince Harry at Kensington Palace for a celebration to mark the publication of 'Together: Our Community Cookbook'
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has had quite a few firsts ever since she met Prince Harry, and she seems to have added yet another first to her ever-growing list this Thursday, by bringing her mother Doria Ragland to her first royal hosting event. Meghan, along with her mother, joined Prince Harry at Kensington Palace for a celebration marking the publication of 'Together: Our Community Cookbook', which the Duchess of Sussex helped create to benefit those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.
At the event, Doria met members of the Hubb Community Kitchen and was all smiles while her daughter spoke about how the women welcomed her. Doria told all the guests how she was “head over heels” about her daughter’s accomplishment. And even though Meghan has only spent a few months being a royal, she is already shaking up things at the Palace by bringing her mom to her royal engagements.
On the other hand, the Duchess of Cambridge's mom, Carole Middleton, has always been seen as the one to take the back seat, although she has been spotted at major events such as the royal wedding of Meghan and Harry in May and her grandson Prince Louis' christening in July. But Carole has never joined her daughter Catherine Middleton and son-in-law, Prince William, on official Palace business.
But that is not because Carole hasn't been accepted fully by the members of the royal family. According to reports by People magazine, Kate’s family got to experience a royal family-favorite location: the Scottish estate of Balmoral Castle.
In one of the pictures, the Queen was spotted behind the wheels of a Range Rover as she chauffeured Carole from a picnic during a late summer getaway to the highlands. The royal family and Kate's family enjoyed one of their favorite pastimes while they were there: a country shoot.
And in the same way, the royal family has welcomed Meghan's mother Doria with wide open arms. At the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Prince Charles, who had walked Meghan down the aisle, also escorted the bride’s mother down the steps of St. George’s Chapel following the ceremony.
In a lot of ways, both the royal mothers-in-law are quite similar to each other, since both are absolute fitness freaks. Carole is a tennis fan, and she has often been seen cheering athletes on at Wimbledon, while Doria has worked as a yoga instructor in Los Angeles and ran the L.A. Marathon. Moreover, both mothers tend to share an extremely close bond with their daughters.
But the one place where both Doria and Carole differ from each other is their styles. According to reports, Carole and Kate share a great love of hats, and the mother-daughter duo have often admitted to borrowing from each other's closets. Carole is a big fan of designer Catherine Walker & Co., and she was involved in choosing her outfits for both Pippa Middleton’s wedding last year as well as Meghan and Harry’s nuptials in May.
Meanwhile, Doria seems to be a fan of the classic boho chic style, and Thursday, at the royal event, she was seen in a head-to-toe beige ensemble, topping a pair of slacks and top with a shell sling over her shoulders. And just like Carole and Kate, Meghan too has been quite influenced by her mother's style over the years.
“I think as you get older you feel more confident and you don’t need to put that much effort in — to be able to throw your hair up in that very French way doing things,” Meghan said in 2017. “If your outfit is on point, one thing has to be off for you to look perfect.”