Meghan Markle had kind words for Queen Elizabeth during her and Prince Harry’s televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“The Queen has always been wonderful to me,” she told Oprah during the two-hour special. “I just really loved being in her company... She’s always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.”
The Duchess also offered a sweet anecdote about the 2018 outing she and the Queen went on together, where the Queen offered to share her blanket to keep warm.
Of her first time meeting the Queen when she and Harry were dating, the Duchess also had positive words around the experience, despite not knowing how to curtsy.
“I thought genuinely that [curtsying] was what happens outside,” she told Winfrey, “I thought that was part of the fanfare. I didn’t think that was what happened inside. I said, ‘But it’s your grandmother.’ And he said, “’It’s the queen.’ That was the first moment that the penny dropped.”
The interview, aired on CBS on Sunday (7 March), gives viewers a first look inside the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since stepping down from their roles as senior members of the royal family. A friend of the couple says that the special draws a line under a chapter of their lives and they want to “move on”.
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Prince William is reportedly “livid” at the prospect of his brother and sister-in-law’s tell-all interview with reports saying it could be the “final nail” in the brothers’ relationship. Ahead of its broadcast tonight in the US, Harry has spoken with the Queen and been in regular contact with Prince Charles.
Earlier on Sunday, the Queen spoke of “selfless dedication to duty” in her Commonwealth message. Senior royals including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared together on the BBC One show to mark Commonwealth Day.