Doria Ragland – the only member of Meghan’s family at her wedding – is said to be “beside herself with excitement” at becoming neighbours of Harry and Meghan.
One friend said yesterday she could make the move as soon as next month, in time to celebrate her 62nd birthday in Britain.
Doria is said to have been deeply impressed by the Royal Family, including the Queen, during and after Meghan’s wedding.
Her unconcealed joy also won her millions of fans. Unlike her ex-husband Thomas Markle, and other relatives who have cashed in on the nuptials with a series of tell-all interviews, she has never publicly uttered a word about her daughter’s fairy tale romance.
Doria has already laid the groundwork for her departure to London. In May, she quit her job as a social worker for the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services clinic in Culver City, Los Angeles. She has also been spotted with a security guard.
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 hasn’t been staying at her house for a while now. She has only visited the house very occasionally and when she is there she has had a security guard with her. He has been with her since about November.
“She is fiercely loyal to Meghan and would never betray her like the rest of them. They are so close.
“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.
“I think this has been coming for a while. Even before the wedding she told me how she misses her Megs so much she would do anything to be closer to her, especially now Meghan will be starting a family of her own.”
Another neighbour in the posh and suitably named 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.
“I’d bet Meghan is just as thrilled at the thought of having her mom close, especially when she and Harry have children. Doria is going to be an absolutely amazing grandma.”
Another friend of Doria said: “She might have looked shy on TV at Windsor Castle, but she’s a real live-wire, full of enthusiasm. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like her.”
Meghan, who grew up in Windsor Hills, has raved about her birthplace in interviews, saying she misses the LA lifestyle of “palm trees, the heat of the sun and the ocean breeze.”