Meghan Markle’s mother is her inner strength, says make-up artist

Meghan Markle’s make-up artist said the bond between her and her mother is so strong because she inherited her characteristics and inner strength.

FILE: Meghan Markle arrives at the Windsor Castle for her wedding with Prince Harry. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Meghan Markle “gets her strength” from her mother Doria Ragland.

The 36-year-old Duchess of Sussex - who was known as Meghan Markle before marrying Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle - broke with tradition by walking down the aisle unaccompanied before meeting Prince Charles ahead of the altar, and Markle’s make-up artist Daniel Martin said her “confidence” and “strength” is a characteristic “drawn” from her mother.

He told People magazine: “Markle draws a lot of strength from her mother. Ragland is classy, chic and confident, but not unapproachable. I definitely feel Markle gets a lot of that from her mother.”

Markle’s father Thomas Markle was meant to be walking his daughter to the altar, but he withdrew from the ceremony shortly before he was due to arrive in the UK, after undergoing a heart operation.

However, Ragland was beaming with pride as she arrived with her daughter in the car - driving past thousands of excited members of the public - before she entered the chapel ahead of Markle and took a seat in the front row, opposite Queen Elizabeth, who she had met earlier in the week.

She went on to attend the couple’s intimate wedding reception at Frogmore House and people who met her said she was “lovely to talk to and bursting with pride”, according to a source at the exclusive event.

An insider shared: “(Ragland) has a softness, but I detected a steely core to her, she has come through a hell of a lot.”

The former Suits star’s mother was the only relative to attend the nuptials where her daughter became an official member of the royal family, but Markle’s friends - including the likes of Priyanka Chopra - and former co-stars were also there for support.