Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland Heads to the Airport Amid Thomas Markle Drama

Meghan Markle will soon be reunited with her mother.

Ahead of her daughter's royal wedding to Prince Harry, Doria Ragland was spotted making her way to the Los Angeles airport on Tuesday. The bride-to-be's mother was casually dressed in beige slacks, a white tee, a black blazer and tennis shoes. Doria also carried a black purse and a Burberry garment bag in one hand. Doria is scheduled to arrive in London on Wednesday morning and, according to a source, will be traveling with a palace guard.

Meghan and her mom have always had a close relationship. In an interview with Glamour at the end of last year, the future royal gushed about her mother, saying, "We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I'll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend."

Meghan's mother was already set to have "a significant role" on her daughter's wedding day, a source previously told ET; however, Doria might have to walk Meghan down the aisle after Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, was accused of staging paparazzi photos of himself.

Reports first indicated that Thomas, who reportedly had a heart attack a week ago, would no longer be attending the May 19 nuptials. But on Tuesday, TMZ reported that Thomas had a change of heart after Meghan contacted him to say that she still loves him, and had no ill feelings toward him with regard to the paparazzi scandal.

Thomas is still unsure if he will be able to make it across the pond for the wedding on Saturday since he's back in the hospital due to serious chest pains, the outlet reports. So will Doria end up walking her daughter down the aisle?

"There is no plan in place yet who will walk Meghan down the aisle," a source told ET on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kensington Palace released a statement on Meghan and Harry's behalf earlier this week, asking for "understanding and respect" in the days leading up to their special day.

"This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding," the statement reads. "She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation."

For more on how the royal family is handling the recent scandal, watch the video below.

Keep up with all of ET's coverage of the royal wedding as we count down to May 19.


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