Oprah shares details about the day she spent bonding with Meghan Markle's mother Doria, revealing they did yoga and then dined on kumquats - as she slams claims that she was angling for a tell-all interview
- Doria had a six-hour meeting with Oprah at the talk show host's mansion in Santa Barbara, California on April 28
- Speaking to ET, the 64-year-old broadcasting legend revealed she asked Doria to bring her yoga mat so they could practice together
- They also ate a dessert made from kumquats freshly picked from Oprah's garden after Doria told her she was a fan of the fruit
- However, she rebuffed rumors that they pair discussed doing a TV interview and Oprah joked that she wished she could secure all interviews with kumquats
By Aoibhinn Mc Bride and Anneta Konstantinides For Dailymail.com
Published: 10:58 EDT, 12 June 2018 | Updated: 12:19 EDT, 12 June 2018
Oprah Winfrey has revealed details about her April 28 meeting with Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland, which took place just three weeks before the Royal Wedding at the TV mogul's lavish California home.
Speaking to ET at the premiere of her new TV series Love Is in Los Angeles, the 64-year-old revealed that she and Doria, 61, spent the afternoon together at her $88 million 'Promised Land' mansion in Santa Barbara bonding, doing yoga, and eating kumquats from her garden.
However, Oprah also took the opportunity to fire back at the suggestion that she had used the meeting in order to discuss the chance to do an interview with Doria in the wake of her daughter Meghan's marriage to Prince Harry.
Big reveal: Oprah Winfrey revealed details about her April 28 meeting with Meghan Markle's mom Doria Ragland while at the Los Angeles premiere for her new show Love Is
Bonding: The 64-year-old broadcaster revealed that before attending Meghan and Harry's big day in Windsor, she spent an afternoon bonding, doing yoga and eating kumquats with Doria
Tips: The meeting took place at Oprah's $88million 'Promised Land' mansion in Santa Barbara and revealed she asked yogi Doria to bring her yoga mat so they could practice together
Doria was seen leaving Oprah's house after a six-hour visit carrying a selection of gifts, including a basket containing some of the broadcasting legend's favorite things.
However, Oprah fired back at suggestions that the gifts had anything to do with her trying to convince Doria to do an interview.
'The story was that Meghan's mom had come to my house and she left laden with gifts,' Winfrey 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.'
Oprah also shared that the pair ate together and snacked on a dessert made from kumquats freshly picked from Oprah's garden.
'She said, "I love kumquats," and I said, "I have a kumquat tree!"' Oprah detailed.
And while her appearance at the royal wedding prompted speculation that Doria was considering giving a tell-all interview to the former talk show host, Oprah confirmed that this was not the case and no interview was going ahead.
'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,' Winfrey quipped. 'If kumquats can get you an interview, I'm all for it!'
At the time of the meeting, multiple sources suggested that it was just the first of many that would take place between the two women in anticipation of a more in-depth interview.
Support: Meghan, who rode to the church with Doria by her side, has previously praised her mother's 'free spirit'
Just friends: It is said Oprah was invited to the wedding as a friend of the couple and was not there in any professional capacity
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'No one knows how to schmooze better than Oprah,' a source told DailyMail.com of the meeting between the two women.
'It’s very much her MO to win people over by showering them with her personal attention – and gifts – to get what she’s after.
‘In this case whether it’s a pre- or post-wedding interview with the mother of the princess bride for her magazine or OWN network, Oprah definitely wants the inside track.
'And this is probably not the first conversation she’s had with Doria – or the last,' the insider added.
Meanwhile, the Mirror Online also reported that the pair had been discussing ideas for a tell-all interview that would touch on the racist abuse that Meghan has suffered as a result of her relationship with the royal.
The source said: 'Oprah and Doria spent a long time chatting and they got on really well. The most important and significant issue they spoke about was race and how badly some people had reacted to Meghan and Harry.
'What happened to Meghan and Harry was disgusting and they and all of their families were horrified. It’s an issue close to both Doria and Oprah, who have both suffered racism.'
Meghan's estranged half-sister Samantha Markle later lashed out at Doria over her meeting with Oprah, accusing her of 'cashing in' by talking to the TV legend.
Ms Markle, who was called a 'vulture' by Piers Morgan for writing a book calling her sibling a 'pushy princess', made the claim when she was called an attention seeker on Twitter.
Plenty of room for yoga! Oprah's $88 million 'Promised Land' mansion is set on a sprawling piece of prime land in Motecito
Expanding: In February 2016, Oprah closed on a deal to buy a $28 million equestrian ranch adjacent to the $50 million mansion she already owned, allowing her to expand the property
She replied: 'Even Doria cashed in talking to Oprah and some of the first photos out there only she could have had.'
Not long after Doria's meeting with Oprah took place, it was then reported that the social worker had quit her job at a mental health clinic near her home in California, sparking further speculation that she was ready to embrace a more public role in the spotlight.
According to Us Weekly, Doria left her role at the Los Angeles clinic she had been working at to pursue her goal of starting her own private practice following Meghan and Harry's wedding, which took place on May 19.
'Doria is no longer working at the mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area. It was Doria’s decision to leave,' a source told the outlet. 'She has talked about starting her own private practice, focusing on working with elderly patients.'
Meghan opened up about her mother and her work with the elderly in an essay published by Glamour last August.
'My mom's a yoga instructor, but she does social work, as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community,' she wrote.
'For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mom has always been a free spirit. She's got dread locks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon.
'We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I'll still find so much solace in her support,' she added. 'That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend.'