It is surely a humble meeting! Meghan Markle hasn’t been shy about talking about how difficult it has been for her to get used to life as a royal, but she’s always been fond of Queen Elizabeth II. Though there were ups and downs between Markle and the royal family, their friendship endured until Her Majesty’s death in September 2022.
Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth II appeared to connect the very first moment they met. Queen really was curious to learn her opinions. According to Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, Queen Elizabeth II once inquired about Meghan Markle’s opinions of President Donald Trump. Accordingly, the Queen questioned him about Trump during one of their first encounters just before the 2016 presidential election.
Though they got off to a good start, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to retire from senior royal duties in January 2020 caused a rift in their relationship with Markle’s grandmother-in-law.
Prince Harry shares how Meghan Markle met his grandmother!
In his biography, Prince Harry, 38, recalled the first time when his now-wife met his grandmother, who passed away in September 2022. The Duke of Sussex wrote, “It was all very pleasant,” adding that his “Granny” had inquired about Markle’s feelings regarding Trump’s first run for president of the United States. The Archetypes podcast host was invited to meet Queen Elizabeth II at her Royal Lodge estate in Windsor, England, by the BetterUp CIO, who started dating Meghan Markle in July 2016. The incident took place just before Donald Trump, then 76, defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential race in November 2016. Prince Harry could understand why Queen Elizabeth II would want an American’s perspective because “everyone in the world” had been talking about the upcoming political contest.
Her Majesty allegedly changed the topic to talk about Canada because she believed it would be a “no-win game” to discuss politics with her. When she and Prince Harry first started dating, Markle lived in Toronto, where she also filmed episodes of Suits. “Granny looked pleased. ‘Commonwealth. Good, fine,'” the co-founder of the Invictus Games, recalled in his memoir. Markle provided her account of what happened in one of the episodes of Harry & Meghan a few weeks ago. She remembered that there wasn’t a bigger moment than this when she was going to meet his grandmother. “You know how to curtsy, don’t you?” Prince Harry said that to her in the car, and “I thought it was a joke,” Markle recalled.
Meghan Markle pleased to meet Queen Elizabeth II
“Pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty,” Meghan Markle said to Queen Elizabeth II while demonstrating her first bow in the documentary. But in her mind, she wondered if the curtsy was appropriate. The Californian was relieved to hear from Eugenie Brooksbank and Michael Ferguson that she “did great” after lunch. Probably, they wanted to inform her that she definitely has won Queen’s heart. However, her beloved grandmother-in-law passed away in September 2022 at the age of 96, and Prince Harry and Markle attended her official state funeral later that month along with the rest of the royal family. The author of Bench, Markle Markle, even wore the queen’s pearl earrings, which she received as a gift from the late Queen.
Prince Harry’s book, Spare, will be available in bookstores in the US and the UK on Tuesday, January 10. While his interviews for ITV and 60 Minutes will air on television, two days before the book’s release on January 8.