The Gifts Oprah Gave Meghan Markle’s Mom Show Just How Compassionate She Really Is

Published on 02/11/2020
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Meghan Markle has had quite a difficult time ever since she joined the royal family, even more so since she and Harry announced their decision to step down. This new attention has also been difficult for her family to adjust to, especially Meghan’s Mom, Doria Ragland.  Dora has also received a lot of attention recently because of her interesting relationship with Oprah Winfrey.

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The Gifts Oprah Gave Meghan Markle’s Mom Show Just How Compassionate She Really Is

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When Oprah first met Meghan’s mom, Oprah was supposedly in a terrible mood. She first visited the talk show host’s home, an $88 million residence, in April 2018. Despite her bad mood, Winfrey sent Ragland home with quite the large gift… but what was it?

Moody Woman

Moody Woman

Why Was She Invited?

Ragland was at the residence because Oprah wanted a first-hand interview with Markle’s mother. Many members of Markle’s family had spoken to the press before, aside from Ragland. This was her first time and many speculated that she showered her with presents.

Why Was She Invited@

Why Was She Invited@

Confirming The Rumors

In June 2018, Oprah confirmed the speculations around her visit and said that she did give Ragland a few presents. However, they didn’t exactly meet their expectations. While the story was that she left with “laden with gifts” this wasn’t exactly the case.

Confirming The Rumors

Confirming The Rumors

A Personal Meeting

Oprah Winfrey thought a lot about the meeting between her and Markle’s mother. She carefully planned their time together and even looked into her interests. She knew that she was good at Yoga so she told her to bring her matt in case they wanted to play.

A Personal Meeting

A Personal Meeting

Delicious Dessert

Oprah explained that Ragland expressed her love for kumquats and coincidentally, Winfrey had a tree in her backyard! So one of the gifts she gave her was a basket of fresh kumquats and they enjoyed a delicious dessert served with this favored fruit.

Delicious Dessert

Delicious Dessert

The Truth

Oprah was entertained by the fact that people were saying she was bribing Ragland with lavish gifts. In reality, she just gave her kumquats, and according to Winfrey, “If kumquats can get you an interview, I’m all for it!”

The Truth

The Truth

Setting Them Straight

Although Oprah set everyone straight about what happened with Meg’s mother, the rest of the world wasn’t quick to believe it. There were those who even said that she was spending time with Ragland to score an invitation to the wedding.

Setting Them Straight

Setting Them Straight

Controversial Views

Some commentators went as far as to say “Oh, come on, Oprah, be honest for once. Why else would you invite someone over that you did not know? You also wanted an invite.” On the other hand, many were quick to defend the talk show host.

Controversial Views

Controversial Views

Not Just A Wedding

That wasn’t the last we saw of Oprah and Ragland. These two were seen at Meghan’s wedding with Prince Harry at the Windsor Castle. Oprah told Entertainment Tonight in 2018 that although the ceremony was a wedding, it was really so much more.

Not Just A Wedding

Not Just A Wedding

The Start Of Something Big

Oprah explained that the wedding was essentially a cultural movement and a platform that instilled hope in everyone watching. She added that for those who were actually there or watching on TV could not have missed the change that happened in the middle.

The Start Of Something Big

The Start Of Something Big

On Top Of The World

Oprah spoke about the wedding day in an interview with British Vogue where she commended the sermon by Bishop Michael Curry. She said that she left the celebration inspired by the concept of love and its power.

On Top Of The World

On Top Of The World

Difficult Past

Oprah may be the generous, kindhearted woman she is today because of how she was raised. Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to a teenage mother. She was raised in poverty and had quite a traumatic upbringing.

Difficult Past

Difficult Past

Her Big Break

Although Oprah had a challenging childhood, she put it behind her and established herself. She started out as a news anchor and then started her own show The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, which become the most accomplished daytime talk show in all of American Television.

Her Big Break

Her Big Break

A Gifts Girl

The show lasted for 25 years and it became a ritual that Oprah would give things away every episode. Once she even donated an $8 million car! That’s not all, in 2010 she invited 300 of her top fans to Australia.

A Gifts Girl

A Gifts Girl

Kindhearted Woman

Oprah never got something extravagant for Ragland, but she was involved in compassionate gift-giving with some other people. After her co-star  Mindy Kaling from, A Wrinkle In Time, brought her newborn to the world, Oprah showered her with an over the top present.

Kindhearted Woman

Kindhearted Woman

Exceeding Her Expectations

Kaling admitted to USA Today that everyone’s deepest dreams are to be told that two men will be arriving at your home in  U-Haul truck, sent by Oprah Winfrey. Kaling wasn’t quite sure what it was, but when she saw it she couldn’t believe her eyes.

Exceeding Her Expectations

Exceeding Her Expectations

She Never Saw Something Like It Before

The present Oprah provided the actress with, was a hand-carved bookcase that was more beautiful than she had ever seen before. It was filled with classic and critical books in children’s literature. She gave the same one to Beyonce and Jay-Z when they had Blue Ivy in 2012.

She Never Saw Something Like It Before

She Never Saw Something Like It Before

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But There’s More…

While you follow her generosity on television, there’s so much more behind the scenes. When she reached her fame she founded the charity Oprah’s Angel Network and the South African Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls. That’s not all, she has also donated a huge sum to several charities.

But There's More...

But There’s More…

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