She was managing to Wow the Royals! After meeting Queen Elizabeth II for the first time, Prince Harry revealed that Meghan Markle received compliments on her curtseying.
In a new interview, Prince Harry tells us about Meghan Markle’s introduction to the rest of the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex, now 38 years old, will detail the introduction of the Suits star, now 41 years old, to his grandmother and the impromptu curtsy instruction he received from Sarah Ferguson just before that meeting in his forthcoming book, Spare.
We walked into the spacious living room at the front of the house, and she was already there. Granny. King or Queen. The encounter between Harry and Queen Elizabeth II in 2016 is recounted in Harry’s first book, set for release on Tuesday, January 10th, and located dab smack in the middle of the room. The corner of her mouth twitched. Meg walked up to her and curtsied elegantly and deeply.
The BetterUp CIO then detailed the late Queen’s first meeting with the “Archetypes” podcast presenter, including the time she inquired about Trump from the California native. Harry said that after the meeting, “everyone congratulated Meg on her curtsy, “praising how it was “so excellent” and “so deep” despite Meg’s lack of advanced tuition beforehand.
Before the historical event, Harry said, Ferguson, 63, inquired Meghan about her knowledge of the curtsy. This former Tig blogger “imitated” the Duchess of York after she “demonstrated once.” Since “we couldn’t keep Granny waiting,” Harry said, “we didn’t have time for extra practice.”
Meghan was given extra advice on addressing the Queen as they entered the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England. Princess Eugenie and her now-husband Jack Brooksbank were also there, as was Prince Andrew.
For their Netflix documentary series premiering in December 2022, Harry & Meghan, the former actress, said the curtsying instruction was “like going to Medieval Times.”
She didn’t have a great introduction like, “And now you’re going to meet my grandma,” Meghan said. “I was in the vehicle with [Harry], and he said, “You know how to curtsy, right?” and I thought it was a joke.”
Although Harry and Meghan Sussex, who wed in 2018, have two children together—Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 19 months—they decided to step down as senior members of the royal family in 2020. Despite this, they have been open about their close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September 2022 at 96.
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During their joint engagement interview in 2017, the Duchess of Sussex stated of Elizabeth, “I think, you know, a) to be able to meet her through his lens, not only with his regard and respect for her as the monarch but the love that he has for her as his grandmother.” Because of all I’ve gone through, and I met her with a profound sense of understanding and enormous gratitude for the opportunity to spend time with her. Also, she’s a beautiful human being, and we’ve had a great time together.
In September 2022, after the Queen’s death, Harry and Meghan attended her burial. The author of Bench, who the Queen had given pearl earrings, curtsied over her coffin for the last time.