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Meghan Markle’s Mom’s Neighbors in ‘Black Beverly Hills’ Pumped for Royal Wedding

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Meghan Markle (right) and her mother Doria Ragland at the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2017. (Reuters)
Meghan Markle (right) and her mother Doria Ragland at the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2017. (Reuters)

*(Via ABS-CBN) – In the upscale Los Angeles community known as the “Black Beverly Hills” where Meghan Markle‘s mother lives, the neighbors are delighting in the frenzy around the upcoming Royal Wedding.

“This has probably been the number one topic for a long time in this neighborhood,” Windsor Hills resident Earl Hutchinson, an author specializing in African American rights and history, tells AFP.

Markle was born and raised an hour’s drive north in the San Fernando Valley, where her father worked as a lighting director for TV shows, and she was educated at exclusive Hollywood private schools.

But in the streets where her mother Doria Ragland has a Mexican-style colonial house surrounded by cacti and agave plants, residents see Prince Harry’s fiancee as one of them.

“A bit like a native daughter, she’s known here, she’s been here. We feel like we have a vested interest in (the wedding) too, almost a bonding,” added Hutchinson.

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Meghan Markle

The future Duchess of Sussex brings the modern touch — and no small amount of glam — to the British monarchy as a successful actress who played a tough, sexy lawyer in the USA series “Suits.”

An American divorcee like Wallis Simpson, whose intended marriage to Edward VIII led to his 1936 abdication, the 36-year-old is a committed feminist and philanthropist.

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She will be the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family, a fact not lost on Windsor Hills-View Park area, the country’s wealthiest African American enclave.

“Who would think that a royal wedding in Britain, thousands of miles away, would connect to (Windsor) Hills-View Park, Los Angeles, which is seen as a mostly African American neighborhood?” Hutchinson wondered.

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