- Meghan Markle, 36, and her mother Doria Ragland, 61, will enjoy afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth II, 92, today.
- With the royal wedding tomorrow, it will be the first time the mother of Prince Harry’s bride will meet the British Monarch.
- On Wednesday this week, Doria – who has flown in from Los Angeles for the wedding – met Prince Charles, 69, and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, 70.
Meghan Markle will accompany her mother Doria today to meet Queen Elizabeth II for the first time.
Yesterday, Doria met Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall.
This took place at Clarence House and was Doria’s first appointment after greeting her daughter Meghan.
The meeting, which also took place over the very English ceremony of tea, was said to have gone well.
It was described as “a very jolly afternoon,” a source told The Times yesterday.
Despite the turbulence surrounding Meghan’s family in the last week – which including news Thomas has staged paparazzi photos – it is believed the Queen will be “welcoming” towards Doria.
“Given the difficulties of this week, I think she will be as welcoming as possible,” the Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson told Vanity Fair.
“She is always welcoming, but particularly to those who are not familiar with [royalty].
“She’ll be very understanding, I’m sure. She will, I am sure, understand that what has happened this week is beyond the control of her future granddaughter-in-law.”
Meghan is believed to have met the Queen on a number of occasions before the announcement of her engagement to Harry in November 2017.
Meghan’s first meeting with the Queen was said to be over tea, just like Doria’s will be later today.
Doria, who was pictured holding a Burberry garment bag as she left her LA home for the UK, will have an important role in the wedding.
She will accompany her daughter to the wedding venue, St. George’s Chapel, in a car ride tomorrow.
It has also been hotly speculated by bookies she will walk her daughter down the aisle.
This comes yesterday’s confirmation Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle Sr, who was originally supposed to walk her down the aisle, will not attend the wedding.
In a statement yesterday, Meghan confirmed that her dad would not be coming to the wedding for “health” reasons.
“Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health.
“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support.
“Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”