As a child growing up in Los Angeles it is reported that Meghan did not have “much” however her mother always encouraged her to help others where she could. This guidance from Ms Ragland is said to have inspired Meghan’s recent work alongside Project Angel Food to help deliver meals to those most vulnerable.
A source told People magazine: “Meghan didn’t have much when she was a child, but her mom made sure they always gave back.”
Director of Project Angel Food Richard Ayoub also confirmed that Meghan’s mum motivated her to help the cause over the Easter holidays.
He said: “[Meghan] said she wanted to do something to give back on Easter and was talking to her mom and her mom told her that Project Angel Food needs help and Meghan said, ‘Yes, brilliant,'”
Meghan has previously spoken on her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig about the hardship she faced growing up, and her desire to help those less fortunate.
She wrote: “Both my parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot.
“Buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to patients in hospice care, donating any spare change in their pocket to those asking for it, and performing quiet acts of grace.
“Be it a hug, a smile, or a pat on the back to show ones in need that they would be alright.”
Over on the Sussex Royal Instagram, Meghan has also shared photos of previous charity work she undertook in Africa before she met Prince Harry.
Back in January, a series of snapshots were uploaded of the former Duchess of Sussex to celebrate International Day of Education.
Included in the photos were images of Meghan meeting students in Rwanda back in 2016, just six months before her blind date with Harry.
In a separate photo taken in India, Meghan had partnered with World Visions to advocate for gender equality in the region.
During the trip to India, she highlighted the lack of access to higher education for young girls and access to women’s only toilets.
The post was captioned: “The Duchess of Sussex has focused on this both prior to becoming a member of the Royal Family and now as patron of The Association of Commonwealth Universities.
“Working closely with CAMA, both The Duke and Duchess recognise the benefit both personally and to society at large when a young girl has access to education.
“On their recent tour to Southern Africa, the duke supported the initiatives of @Camfed on the ground in Malawi.
“Over the years, The duchess has worked in developing communities, such as in Rwanda and India, to find the hindrances to girls’ ability to go to school and furthermore to stay in school.
“These can include lack of access to clean water, stigma surrounding MHM, cultural taboo, and many more reasons…
“As President and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess thank all those who are working to give access to education for all.”
It comes after claims that Meghan and Harry would be welcomed back home by the Queen from Los Angeles, where they are now living, with great enthusiasm.
The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to step down in January and have now transitioned to their new lives in Los Angeles.
However should they ever make a U-turn on their decision to step down as senior royals, it would be fully supported by the reigning monarch, according to Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward.
Ms Seward told Sky News: “I think she’s looking at Harry like the prodigal son, that he will come home and she will welcome him with open arms.”