Why Meghan Markle's Mother, Doria Ragland, Sat Alone at the Royal Wedding

Here's everything you need to know about the seating arrangements.

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Doria Ragland was the only member of Meghan Markle's side of the family to attend the royal wedding, but the did not mind sitting alone as she watched her daughter marry Prince Harry.

Ragland, who wore a stunning pastel green (designed by creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia), took her seat in the second row of one of the side pews inside St. George's Chapel, where took place Saturday.

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Her seat was reportedly right across from Harry's grandmother, , who sat beside her husband, .

Cameras captured Ragland as she was throughout the ceremony, particularly when Markle and Harry exchanged their vows.

On social media, people commended Markle's mother for attending and sitting at the wedding alone. Ragland and Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr., divorced in 1987, and it was announced that he was after suffering a heart attack earlier this week.

"Beautifiully [sic] dressed Doria sitting alone in such a beautiful historical moment shows strength, & grace that must be an inspiration to Meghan," one user wrote. "This is the reality of many single parents."

"Kudos to #DoriaRagland for sitting there alone representing," another said. "It can't be easy with all that pressure and scrutiny."

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Royal expert Alastair Bruce spoke with leading up to the nuptials, and explained how much input Markle and Harry have in deciding who gets invited and who sits where at the wedding.

"It’s very much a matter for the bride and the groom," Bruce said, adding that the couple enlists the help of when deciding the seating chart. "They will assist him. They know the layout of St. George’s Chapel, and they will guide him."

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