In the new series, Ragland, 66, is seen discussing Meghan’s childhood and her belief that Meghan’s race was a factor in negative press reports.
As Ragland is introduced in the show, she says: “I’m ready to have my voice heard, that’s for sure.”
Fans have been sending a lot of love to “Mama Doria” on Twitter after watching the first three episodes of the series, which were released on Thursday 8 December.
“Hearing her viewpoint and story is one of the highlights of #HarryandMeghanonNetflix,” wrote one viewer.
“Bless Doria Ragland,” posted another. “She has been silent throughout this entire period. Never spoke publicly, stood by her child… and this is the first (and most likely only) time she sat down for an interview.”
A third posted: “The #HarryAndMeghanNetflix doc has reaffirmed my love for Doria Ragland.”
A fourth said: “Episode 1-3 of #HarryandMeghanNetflix is fantastic, loving seeing how they met, their friends and Mama Doria speaking about their experiences in Harry and Meghan’s journey. Heartwarming and I feel for Harry and Meghan and what they went through.”
“I’m just gonna pause my watching and say how beautiful and poised and articulate and lovely Doria, Meghan’s mother is,” tweeted a fifth.
See more reactions to “Mama Doria” below.
#HarryandMeghanonNetflix Vol 1 is powerful stuff. Reflections of brilliant Black voices @afuahirsch @DavidOlusoga @kehinde_andrews @misanharriman were spot on. Great to finally hear Doria speak.
H & M are best friends, obstacles they've been put through has made them stronger.
— Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu (@SholaMos1) December 8, 2022
Ep two more serious focussing on how much they think race was a factor in negative press reports. Meghan’s mom Doria warned her daughter about it. The “Straight Outta Compton” headline in the Daily Mail is singled out as being particularly damaging #MeghanAndHarryOnNetflix pic.twitter.com/5VfpM7dznE
— Rachel Richardson (@RachelARich) December 8, 2022
— Mariama Mansaray (@mmansaray35) December 8, 2022
Just watched all 3 episodes, and I'm going to need time to process. It's not at all what I thought we would see. Many things we already knew, while the few revelations we didn't know are massive.
But mostly, DORIA! 👑
— TCNewmanTV (@TCNewmanTV) December 8, 2022
The duchess’s parents, Ragland and Thomas Markle, divorced when Meghan was six years old, and Meghan lived full time with her mother. Ragland lives in Los Angeles, not far from the Montecito home where Harry and Meghan are raising their two children: Archie Harrison and Lilibet “Lili” Diana.
Other people on Twitter shared how moved they were by the documentary.
“If you watch the first episode of #HarryandMeghanNetflix and feel nothing for Harry and his situation, then you have a heart of stone. He lost his mother at the age of 12, no wonder he is so protective of Meghan and his kids. Just heartbreaking,” posted one person.
Another tweeted: “I’m so moved by #HarryandMeghanNetflix. After losing his mother after she was alienated from the RF and hounded by press for dating non-white men, H has dedicated his life to exposing royal racism and leaks so that history won’t repeat itself with his family. What a love story.”
Read The Independent’s four-star review of Harry and Meghan here, in which Jessie Thompson concluded that it was “intimate, self-aggrandising, and wildly entertaining”, all at once.
The first three episodes of Harry and Meghan are out now on Netflix, with the second and final batch arriving on Thursday 15 December.