Why Meghan Markle and Her Mom Doria Were Allegedly Barred From Going to Get Coffee

Meghan Markle and her mom Doria Ragland were allegedly told they couldn't even go for coffee because royal officials told Meghan she had to lie low for the sake of her public image.

By Kaitlin Reilly Mar 12, 2021 8:48 PMTags

Meghan Markle's isolation was allegedly once so bad during her time with the royal family, she was barred from going out into town with her mom Doria Ragland, a new report from Harper's Bazaar claims. 

In royal editor-at-large Omid Scobie's new piece for the outlet, he claimed that the former Suits star was once informed that she could not leave Frogmore Cottage, where she was living with her husband Prince Harry, in order to go to town and get coffees with her mom, who was visiting from California at the time. According to a source for Harper's Bazaar, Doria was surprised by the situation, telling the Duchess of Sussex, "You're stuck in here." 

Meghan previously spoke about feeling lonely and trapped inside her home during her and Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7. She explained to the host that lunch out with friends was allegedly banned by "the Firm," aka the royal family and those who keep the operation running. 

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"I remember so often people within The Firm would say, 'Well, you can't do this because it'll look like that. You can't,'" Meghan explained. "So, even, 'Can I go and have lunch with my friends?' [was met with] 'No, no, no, you're oversaturated, you're everywhere, it would be best for you to not go out to lunch with your friends.'"


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She added, "There was a day that one of the members of the family, she came over, and she said, 'Why don't you just lay low for a little while, because you are everywhere right now.' And I said, 'I've left the house twice in four months. I'm everywhere, but I am nowhere.'"

Since stepping back from their roles as senior members of the royal family last year, Meghan and Harry, who now live in California, are able to go out whenever they please. In October, the two were spotted getting dinner with Katharine McPhee and her husband David Foster

A coffee run? Well, that's whenever they're in need of caffeine.