Ragland met several other members of the British royal family Thursday, Kensington Palace said, ahead of her daughter's marriage to Prince Harry, the Queen's grandchild and sixth in line to the throne.
She had tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall -- Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla -- at Clarence House in London. Later, she met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, during wedding rehearsals in Windsor.
Prince Charles -- her future father-in-law -- will escort her down the final section of the aisle, a role originally intended for Markle's father, Thomas, who has been unable to travel to the UK due to ill health.
Markle has spoken publicly about her close relationship with her mother many times, describing her as a "free spirit" and someone she can rely on.
Ragland has apparently also found a huge fan in Prince Harry, who described her as "amazing" in a BBC interview.