Meghan Markle hasn’t had the easiest time since she’s become a royal, 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. Not only has Dora received a lot of attention because of her relationship with Oprah Winfrey brings her even more into the spotlight. It may be shocking to hear how Oprah actually won over Ragland.
When Oprah first met Meghan’s mom, she supposedly was in a terrible mood. She first visited the talk show host’s home, an $88 million residence, in April 2018. Apparently Ragland went home with her hands full…but what do you think she got?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not Just A Wedding
Let’s get back to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.