Back when The Oprah Winfrey Show used to be on the air, it was considered winning the ultimate lottery if you made it into the audience for her ‘Favorite Things’ episode. Every year, Oprah would give away her favorite products from the year and they were often big-ticket items.
The famous “You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!” Oprah impression came from somewhere after all and yes, she did once give away cars to every member of her studio audience. What can we say? She’s definitely a giver!
But just because her talk show went off the air more than a decade ago doesn’t mean her generosity has dried up with it. Not at all. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Recently, Oprah attended the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and seems to have hit it off with Meghan’s mom.
The pair apparently hung out together when Oprah and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, were both in London for the wedding, and yes, Oprah brought Doria some incredibly thoughtful gifts.
There was plenty of speculation that the gifts were lavish and were an incentive for Doria to grant Oprah an interview with her, presumably to air on her network, OWN. However, Oprah spoke with Entertainment Tonight to clear up those rumors.
Watch the video below or all the amazing details of when these remarkable women came face-to-face:
It turns out Oprah’s gifts for Doria were not lavish at all but were very well thought out, personal, and likely made a much bigger impact on the newly named Dutchess of Sussex’s mother. And no, there was no ulterior motive at work other than sheer kindness.
“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,’” Oprah explained. “So one of the bags was a yoga mat and the other was lunch.”
Doria Ragland, aside from being a social worker, is also a yoga instructor and is passionate about the practice, so, considering Oprah’s commitment to health and wellbeing, it seems like a perfect fit.
The other item that Oprah gave to Doria was simply a basket of kumquats from the tree in her yard. Doria reportedly had mentioned to Oprah that she loved the citrus fruit, so Oprah thought it would be a lovely gesture to bring her some from her garden, which they ate for dessert.
“For all of the people who said I am getting her gifts and I’m trying to bribe her for an interview — they were kumquats,” Oprah told Entertainment Tonight. “If kumquats can get you an interview, I’m all for it!”
Oprah is still one of the best interviewers in the business, so I’m sure she could have scored Doria as a guest for less than yoga and a basket of kumquats. Plus, considering Doria is the mother of royalty now, surely the thoughtfulness of Oprah’s gift would be worth more than any expensive item.
Sometimes it’s just nice to be kind. That’s what friendship is all about!