There is an important reason why Meghan Markle needs her mother Doria when she is born this month.
Not only has the Duchess reportedly decided not to employ staff to assist her with her first child with husband Prince Harry, she also said she was living with minimal staff in their new home at Windsor Cottage in Windsor.
But there's one thing every woman needs when she has a baby, and especially the first time.
When a woman becomes a mother, she wants her mother. Nobody can take her place.
And all signs are pointing to Doria Ragland, 62, joining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor for the birth of her first grandchild, and then for an extended stay after.
Doria was by her daughter's side when she married Prince Harry in 2018, and was a source of calm and stability for the Duchess of Cambridge. Now that Meghan is to give birth to a new royal any day, she will be relying on her mother more than ever before.
The moment I became a mother, I was instantly filled with a deep understanding of my own mum, with whom I experienced the typical ups and downs of any mother and daughter.
We loved each other more than we could ever express, but could disturb and irritate each other like no other, especially when I was a teenager and then in my early twenties before I became a mum.
I had my first child when I was 27.
Mum was by my side as I struggled through labor and she was waiting for me after the emergency c-section that ended up happening.
I was wheeled out of the birthing suite a daughter, and I came back a mother, and from that moment my relationship with my mum became that much closer and deeper than I ever thought we could.
"I'm sorry for everything," I said to her as I held my child.
At that moment she decided not to remind me of all the time when I was a brother and she would say stupidly say, "One day you'll have kids, then you'll know what you've put me through!"
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While Meghan and Doria have always been close, the Duchess of Sussex needed her mother more than ever since becoming engaged and then married to Prince Harry, as the world watched on.
They watched as Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex, and they watched as family members gave paid interviews about the former actress.
Doria has quietly supported her daughter through every hardship, and now she will support her daughter through one of the most amazing experiences she'll ever have.
While Meghan is applauded for her reported decision to keep paid staff to a minimum, including royal nannies for her children, she still needs her mum
And Doria will be there for her, not just for the birth and those first few difficult weeks, but for the rest of her life.
As my mother was there for my first child who is now about to turn 15.
She's there for me and for him now more than ever before, the one person we can both reli on to be there whenever we need her.
There's even speculation Doria is planning a permanent move from her home in California in the US to Windsor, which would be a God-send to Meghan whose closest friends continue to live in the US as she navigates the royal life across the pond.
Although they have been doing well, maintaining a dignified silence when it comes to family matters.
It's the royal way.
Although in Meghan, I am hoping for a more realistic version of the royal life as a mum, in contrast to what we have seen from Kate Middleton who has emerged from the birth of each of her three children just hours later looking happy and relaxed and very far from someone who just gave birth.
Meghan is already doing things differently, allegedly booking a private maternity suite in Windsor instead of giving birth to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana gave birth.
She will also reportedly skip the photo call hours after giving birth, choosing instead to ease her maternity privately before presenting her baby to the world.
Meghan, with the full support of Harry, is doing the things her way, which is the golden rule when it comes to parenting.
You have to make the choices that you are most comfortable with and back yourself in them, with the full support of your partner.
If Prince Harry has shown himself to be anything, he has shown himself to be an extremely protective and supporting partner to Meghan, and he is sure to be even more so when their first child arrives.
And nothing is more supportive than being totally comfortable with having your mother-in-law come to stay after your first child arrives.
Well played Harry, well played.