The 61-year-old appeared to fight back tears as she took her seat in St George’s Chapel, after accompanying her daughter on the short car journey from Cliveden House, where she spent her final night as a single woman.
Her now son-in-law Prince Harry, eager to offer her some reassurance, was seen turning to catch her eye from the altar.
Doria was Meghan’s sole relative inside St George’s Chapel on her wedding day, after her father Thomas Markle – who had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle – revealed he’d suffered a heart attack and would not be travelling from the US to attend.
But following the ceremony, it became clear how quickly Doria has been accepted into the royal fold, as she emerged from the chapel on the arm of Prince Charles, whose wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, was on the other side.
There she posed for her first photograph as the mother to a princess, standing alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen herself, and looking chic in a pistachio green coat and matching dress by Oscar de la Renta.
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Mother of the bride Doria Ragland has officially been accepted into the royal fold following her daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday
After the ceremony Doria posed for her first photograph as a mother to a princess standing alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen herself
Congratulating Prince Charles, Doria could be seen taking Prince Charles by the arm as they went to sign the register
The pair were then seen leaving the chapel together before heading to St George’s Hall where the Queen will host a lunch
Doria Ragland appeared overcome with emotion as she took her pew in St George’s Chapel ahead of her daughter’s arrival
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Watching daughter Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry was a a big day for Doria Ragland, so she ensured her outfit was the perfect choice for the mother of the bride.
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The co-ordinating look was finished with white floral details that set it off and she matched her hat colour to the embroidery.
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Doria had accompanied Meghan from Cliveden House, in Taplow, Berkshire, where she spent her final night as a single woman before officially joining the royal family as the wife of the sixth in line to the British throne.
Their journey gave eager royal fans their first glimpse of the bride, who looked stunning in a gown by the British designer Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy – complete with a 15ft veil embroidered with flowers of the Commonwealth.
Doria beamed and gazed adoringly at her daughter in the back of her wedding car as they made the short trip to St George’s Chapel.
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Their chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, which was built and delivered to the Queen in 1950, was also used by Kate Middleton for her trip to Westminster Abbey when she married William seven years ago.
The two women could be seen chatting, and a relaxed-looking Meghan gave a brief wave, as the vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, left for the drive to the Windsor Castle.
The spotlight on Doria Ragland dimmed in the run-up to her daughter Meghan’s marriage into the world’s most famous family, after it was announced the responsibility of accompanying the former Suits actress down the aisle would be given to her father-in-law-to-be, rather than her mother.
It had been expected by some that Doria, a yoga instructor and social worker from California, would take on the role vacated days earlier by Meghan’s father, whose health issues left him unable to perform the duty.
He remained in the US on Saturday as his daughter said her vows.
The mother appeared to shed a tear after escorting Meghan to the church before leaving her to walk down the aisle
Concerned Prince Harry, sitting with William, leans forward in an attempt to catch Doria’s eye
Doria sat alone for the ceremony as other members of Meghan’s family were not in attendance
Prince Harry glanced at his mother-in-law to give her a reassuring look as he awaited his bride’s arrival
As her daughter arrived at the altar Doria beamed with pride from her seat
Ahead of a service witnessed by more than 100 inside the chapel, thousands outside, and millions around the world, the car journey afforded Doria her own private moment with her daughter.
From her front-row seat inside the service, surrounded by the bride’s long-time friends Jessica Mulroney, Benita Litt and Genevieve Hillis, the proud mother could be seen enjoying the animated address by Chicago preacher, the Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry.
She smiled, nodded, and appeared to bite her lip slightly during the vows.
Neither Charles nor Doria could wipe the smiles off their faces having just seen their children get married
The trio appeared to be getting along famously as they greeted spectators after leaving the church
And, in a physical totem of her introduction into the Royal family, she accepted the outstretched hand of the father of the groom as they filed to witness the signing of the registers, before her daughter and new son-in-law were left to drink in the warm wishes of the many gathered in Windsor to witness the spectacle.
Last night Meghan looked stunning as she arrived with her mother Doria Ragland, 62, after enjoying afternoon tea with the Queen.
The presence of Ms Ragland, 61, who is extremely close to her daughter and still calls her ‘flower’, will have undoubtedly calmed any pre-wedding nerves for Meghan, during what has been an unexpectedly fraught and hugely emotional week.
The yoga instructor flew into Heathrow on an overnight flight from Los Angeles last week.
The mother of the bride stunned in a lime green dress and matching coat by Oscar De La Renta
Dressed casually in a T-shirt, linen trousers and canvas pumps, and carrying a suit bag containing what is believed to be her Burberry wedding outfit, she was picked up from the steps of the aircraft by a royal fleet Jaguar.
She was driven to Heathrow’s VIP Windsor suite, where Harry’s assistant private secretary Amy Pickerill was waiting with an immigration officer. A member of staff from the private office carried her bags.
Miss Ragland, described as a ‘free spirit’ by her daughter and ‘amazing’ by Harry, was taken straight to Kensington Palace.
She did not have long to shake off any effects of jet lag – just 24 hours later she met with the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The mother-of-the-bride escorted her daughter Meghan Markle to her wedding
Mother and daughter drove away in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, which was built and delivered to the Queen in 1950 and used by Kate Middleton for her trip to Westminster Abbey when she married William seven years ago
The presence of Miss Ragland, 61, who is extremely close to her daughter and still calls her ‘flower’, will undoubtedly calm Miss Markle’s nerves
Doria appeared to fully embrace the experience waving to well-wishers from the car
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Meghan and Harry’s kiss sparked huge cheers from people outside the chapel and the 100,000 watching on the streets of Windsor
Meghan and Harry process out of the chapel after exchanging vows in a quite extraordinary wedding today
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Lady Jane Fellowes (far left) and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland (next to her, in green) stand next to Prince Charles, Camilla, George, William, Charlotte and Kate on the steps of St George’s Chapel today after the wedding