Doria Ragland channelled yoga-obsessed daughter Meghan Markle in sporty leggings

Meghan and Doria
Meghan and Doria (Getty)

It isn't every day that Doria Ragland is spotted out in public. She stunned at the 2018 wedding of her daughter Meghan Markle to Prince Harry and has made the odd red carpet appearance alongside the royal couple but she tends to keep herself to herself.

But it was a series of unearthed photos from 2019 that gave royal fans an insight into what matters most to Prince Harry's mother-in-law. Doria was spotted looking the epitome of sporty chic when she ran the 21st Annual Alive And Running 5K for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles.

Doria Ragland after 5k run
Doria Ragland ran the 21st Annual Alive And Running 5k For Suicide Prevention (Getty)

Meghan's mother was seen crossing the finish line in a pair of fitted black leggings, a peach T-shirt, and burgundy running trainers. She also wore a running jacket tied around her waist and black wraparound sunglasses.

Doria running over finish line
Doria was spotted in fitted leggings and a peach T-shirt (Getty)

The Duchess of Sussex's sporty side clearly comes from her mother. Having previously worked as a social worker in Culver City from 2015 to 2018, Doria became a yoga instructor - a sporting practice that Meghan has made part of her own routine.

Doria running
Doria has passed her sporting passion on to Meghan (Getty)

In 2016, the former actress told Best Health Magazine: "Yoga is my thing. My mom is a yoga instructor and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven. I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, 'Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time.' In college, I started doing it more regularly."

Meghan Markle playing beach volleyball
Meghan Markle showed her sporting side in 2014 when she took part in Directv's 8th Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl (Alamy)

It was reported that Meghan even had yoga studio built in Frogmore Cottage before she moved with her husband back to the US. The Duchess has said that she also loves hot yoga.

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It is hardly surprising that the mother-daughter duo headed off on a yoga retreat to mark a special occasion. In Prince Harry's memoir, Spare, the Duke of Sussex wrote: "Meg took Doria on a yoga retreat in Goa—a belated celebration of Doria's sixtieth birthday."

Her passion for the wellness ritual expanded to their secret trip to Africa where, according to Harry's memoir, Meghan packed only "bare essentials. Shorts, ripped jeans, and snacks. And a yoga mat."

TOPSHOT - Meghan Markle (R) and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan and her mother Doria share a close bond (Getty)

The former Suits star has also picked up her mother's affinity for running. "I do DVDs at home or I go for a run by myself," she told Shape. "I think if you can self-motivate, that's half the battle."

She has also previously called running her "moving meditation", admitting that it allows her to get out of her head.

A young Meghan Markle with Doria Ragland
Meghan grew up seeing her mother do yoga (Netflix)

Royal author Katie Nicholl has offered an insight into Doria's sporting inclinations and how her influence plays into her daughter's bond with her son Archie. "Apparently Doria took up postpartum yoga and baby yoga, and that's all Meghan has been doing," the journalist said.

Meghan Markle in a black dress with Doria Ragland attend UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing
Doria Ragland made a red carpet appearance before Meghan came under the spotlight as a royal (Getty)

More commonly, Doria is seen in her finest dress when out with her daughter and son-in-law. She looked so elegant when she stepped out with Meghan way before she was royal for the 2015 UN Women's 20th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference of Women.

Meghan and Doria
Meghan and Doria on the eve of the royal wedding (Getty)

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She was also seen on the eve of Meghan's wedding at Cliveden House hotel oozing sophistication in a white shift dress, a cropped black tweed jacket, and black stilettos.


Princess Kate wearing black and white polka dots and a hat
Princess Kate wearing black and white polka dots and a hat

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