Oprah Gave Meghan Markle's Mom the Sweetest Gifts

Eileen Reslen
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From Redbook

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding brought together more people than just the bride and groom. The nuptials reportedly kickstarted a beautiful friendship between Oprah Winfrey and Markle's mother, Doria Ragland.

According to Oprah, Ragland spent an afternoon with her at her home before the event, and on Monday, the media mogul talked with Entertainment Tonight at the premiere for her new series, Love Is, about their fun day together.

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"The story was that Meghan's mom had come to my house and she left laden with gifts," Oprah shared. "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."

In fact, in a 2014 Tig post called "Love Letter," Meghan described her mother with the following: "Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga instructor. Social worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips & lemon tarts," Town and Country reports.

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Oprah got the yoga part down right, but potato chips and lemon tarts were not part of the equation. Instead, the gardening aficionado said she gave Ragland kumquats, which also happens to be a favorite of Meghan's mom.

"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," Oprah told ET. "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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