Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland 'preparing to move to UK' to be closer to her daughter

Ella Wills
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, ahead of the royal wedding: Getty Images

Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland is reportedly "preparing to move to the UK" to be closer to her daughter.

The 61-year-old could be making the move as soon as next month to be closer to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Express reported.

Ms Ragland was the only member of the bride's family to attend the royal wedding in May.

A close friend in Los Angeles told the news outlet: "She is getting ready to move to London. I think she will be going as soon as possible.

"I know that she was eager to live closer to her daughter."

Doria Ragland arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle (AP)

Meghan, grew up in Windsor Hills, California, where her mother still lives in her childhood home.

The news comes as Meghan's father has claimed he hung up on Prince Harry during a heated exchange following his staged paparazzi photos.

In an interview he has claimed will be his last, Thomas Markle said his phone conversation with Duke of Sussex left him feeling upset since it happened while he was recovering in hospital from a heart attack.

Mr Markle sparked a media storm when he staged paparazzi pictures in the run-up to Meghan and Harry's wedding, including shots of him reading about the couple online in an internet cafe.

The retired lighting director, who later pulled out of attending the wedding after suffering a heart attack, has said since that he had apologised to the pair for taking part in the photos.