Meghan Markle and Her Mother Doria Ragland Were Reportedly Barred From Going Out for a Coffee
"You're stuck in here."
According to royal reporter Omid Scobie, Ragland had became quite concerned about Meghan's well-being and freedom after a 2019 visit shortly before Archie was born.
"Her [Meghan's] isolated existence stood out in particular to her worried mother, Doria Ragland, who during a summer 2019 visit to Frogmore Cottage was surprised to discover that neither she nor her daughter was able to go out into Windsor town to pick up coffees," Scobie wrote in a Harper's Bazaar article. He added that according to a source, Ragland told her daughter, "You're stuck in here."
While Ragland had commented on the situation to her daughter, she kept quiet on the outside, refusing to speak with the press, something Meghan praised during their interview with Oprah. "She's remained in silent dignity for four years, watching me go through this."
According to the UK publication Express, Ragland was reportedly "delighted" when Meghan and Prince Harry made the first move to take a step back from their senior roles. She had become very worried about Meghan and was "relieved her daughter is putting her mental health and wellbeing first."
Markle opened up to Oprah about her struggle with mental health while at Windsor and feeling trapped by the firm. She told the TV host that during her pregnancy with Archie, she "didn't want to be alive anymore." Scobie wrote in his Harper's Bazaar story that maybe even times with friends could have helped, but Markle was not permitted.
"Lunch with friends could have momentarily lifted her spirits, but social outings were dismissed by royal family members and aides who said it would be better to lie low. Her image was 'everywhere right now,' they told her," Scobie wrote.