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Meghan Markle celebrating a very special day with family today

The Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria Ragland turns 64 today. Meghan, Harry and their one-year-old son Archie are likely to be doing something special to mark her birthday.

A fan account for the Sussexes on Instagram wished Doria a happy birthday.

The Sussex Daily account posted: “Happy 64th Birthday to Doria Ragland!

“Wishing her a great day and great year ahead! Thank you for raising a wonderful, beautiful and powerful woman!”

Meghan and Harry are living much closer to Doria now after moving to California.

The Sussexes have bought a property in the celebrity hotspot of Santa Barbara for a reported £11million.

The mansion has nine bedrooms and a two-bedroom guesthouse so there is plenty of space for Doria to stay.

Meghan and Harry moved into the huge property in July with their young son.

A spokesman for the couple said last month: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved into their family home in July of this year.

“They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbours, as well as for them as a family.”

The mansion also boasts a games room, home theatre, spa facilities, elevator, gym, swimming pool and tennis court.

The Queen’s grandson and the former actress plunged the monarchy into a period of crisis earlier this year when they announced bombshell plans to step back as senior royals.

The monarch held a summit to discuss the issue with Prince Charles, Prince William and Harry.

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The Sussexes hoped to continue supporting the Queen while becoming financially independent.

But the proposal was rejected over fears it would have led to accusations they were cashing in on their royal status.

It was later announced they would no longer be working members of the Royal Family.

Meghan and Harry officially ended royal duties on March 31.

As they start their new life away from the monarchy, they have signed a major deal with Netflix to make films and series for the streaming service.

The Sussexes said in a statement: “Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection.

“Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.

“As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens.”

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