There was plenty of speculation when Oprah Winfrey met Meghan Markle’s mum before the Royal Wedding. But now Oprah has opened up on what really happened.
Paparazzi pictures snapped Ragland leaving Winfrey’s home after a six hour visit, with rumours abounding that Oprah was trying to wine and dine Ragland into an interview.
The Daily Mail even described Ragland as “loaded with gifts”, suggesting that Oprah had included some of her “favourite items” in a gift basket as part of the attempt to get Ragland on camera and on the record.
But now, Oprah has revealed the truth about the meeting – and it’s actually far more boring than the media had made out.
Speaking to TV show Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of her network’s new series, Love Is, Oprah quashed the story.
“The story was that Meghan’s mom had come to my house and she left ‘laden with gifts’,” Oprah said.
“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.”
And the basket “laden with gifts”? Actually just full of… kumquats.
Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight that the pair had eaten a dessert containing kumquat, at which point Ragland expressed her love for the fruit.
“She said, ‘I love kumquats!’ and I said ‘I have a kumquat tree! You want some kumquats?’. So it was a basket of kumquats, people.”
“For all the people who said I am getting her gifts, and I’m trying to bribe her for an interview – they were kumquats. If kumquats can get you an interview, I’m all for it!”.
Winfrey also used the opportunity to speak about the “transformative” nature of the wedding.
“It was more than a wedding, I thought. It was a cultural moment,” she said. “And you could not be there or watching on television and not feel that there was a shift that just happened in the middle of it.
“I think it’s bigger than them and I think it bodes well for hope for all of us.”