Meghan Markle’s mother Doria Ragland – the only member of the bride’s family at the royal wedding – is said to be ‘preparing to move to Britain’ to be closer to her daughter.
The 61-year-old is apparently ‘beside herself with excitement’ at soon becoming neighbours of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
One friend has said Doria could be making the move as soon as next month, in time for her 62nd birthday.
Doria was reportedly ‘deeply impressed’ by the Royal Family, especially the Queen, during and after her daughter’s wedding, revealed the Express.
Unlike her ex-husband Thomas Markle, and the many other relatives who seemingly cashed in on the marriage with exclusive interviews, Doria has never publicly said anything about her daughter’s royal journey.
Mr Markle confessed that he lied to the Prince when Prince Harry asked him if he had co-operated with a paparazzi photographer to pose for shots – one of which showed him apparently being fitted for a wedding suit.
The 74-year-old made global headlines in May when he pulled out of walking his daughter down the aisle days before her wedding at Windsor, blaming a heart attack.
His shock decision came the day after The Mail on Sunday revealed he had been colluding with a paparazzi photographer to pose for staged photos.
Still much in her daughter’s life, Doria has already started to prepare for her departure to London after she quit her job as a social worker for the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services clinic in Culver City, Los Angeles, in May.
She has also been spotted with a security guard since around November who goes with her whenever she occasionally returns back to her home, a close friend in LA said last night.
‘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.
‘She also fell in love with England and told me when she got back that it’s somewhere she believes she too could happily live,’ the source added.
Another neighbour in the LA area of Windsor Hills added: ‘Doria and Meghan have always been inseparable. Doria is beside herself with excitement at the thought of moving to London.
Meghan, who grew up in Windsor Hills, has previously said in interviews that she misses the LA lifestyle of ‘palm trees, the heat of the sun and the ocean breeze’.