Oprah and Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland are basically BFFs. Before the royal wedding last month, the media mogul invited the Duchess of Sussex’s mom over to her house in Los Angeles for a little get-together.
At the time of their hang out, many outlets reported that Oprah was wooing Ragland for an exclusive interview about Meghan, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, it was just a friendly visit to get to know the Duchess’s mom before the highly-anticipated royal wedding in May.
“The story was that Meghan’s mom had come to my house and she left laden with gifts,” Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight. “You know what the gifts were? First of all, she’s great at yoga, so I said, ‘Bring your yoga mat and your sneaks in case we just want to do yoga on the lawn.’ So one of the bags was a yoga mat and the other was lunch.”
“She said, ‘I love kumquats,’ and I said, ‘I have a kumquat tree! You want some kumquats?’ So it was a basket of kumquats, people,” Winfrey continued. “For all of the people who said I am getting her gifts and I’m trying to bribe her for an interview — they were kumquats. If kumquats can get you an interview, I’m all for it!”
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The new friends were reunited in England a few weeks later for Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding, which Oprah describes as “transformative.”
“It was more than a wedding, I thought,” she said. “It was a cultural moment. And you could not be there or watching on television… and not feel that there was a shift that just happened in the middle of it.”
“I think it’s bigger than them and I think it bodes well for hope for all of us,” Winfrey added.