‘I thought it was a joke’: Meghan reveals awkward moment she was told to curtsy to Queen


Meghan Markle met late Queen Elizabeth II months before her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

The Duchess, who had previously said in the docu-series the “formality” in the Royal Family was “surprising” to her, then said: “I mean, it’s surreal. There wasn’t like some big moment of, ‘Now you’re gonna meet my grandmother’.

“I didn’t know I was gonna meet her until moments before. We were in the car and we were going to Royal Lodge for lunch, and he was like, ‘Oh, my grandmother is here, she’s gonna be there after church.’

“We were in the car, driving and he’s like, ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke.”

Meghan Markle and the Queen smiling

Meghan Markle met the Queen months before her nuptials with Prince Harry (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle curtsying while sitting on a couch

Meghan Markle joked about curtsying while recalling her first meeting with the late Queen (Image: NETFLIX)

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The Duchess added: “I mean, Americans would understand this. We have Medieval Times, dinner and tournament. It was like that.”

Meghan described the experience of curtsying to the Queen as “intense”.

While this was her first time curtsying to a member of the Royal Family, the Duchess must have done it well, as she recalled Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who were also at the gathering, telling her she had done “great”.

Commenting on the formality people need to abide by when meeting members of the Firm, the Duke said: “How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother? And that you would need to curtsy, especially to an American. That’s weird.”

Meghan Markle speaking to the camera

Meghan Markle was born in California (Image: NETFLIX)

Last year, during her sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan said there “wasn’t a huge formality” at the momentous event.

She said: “We were going for lunch at Royal Lodge, which is where some other members of the family live, specifically Andrew and Fergie, and Eugenie and Beatrice would spend a lot of time there.

“Eugenie and I had known each other before I knew Harry, so that was comfortable and it turned out the Queen was finishing a church service in Windsor and so she was going to be at the house.

“Harry and I were in the car and he says, ‘OK, well my grandmother is there, you’re going to meet her’.

Meghan Markle joking with the Queen

Meghan Markle and the Queen carried out a joint engagement in the summer of 2018 (Image: GETTY)

“(I said) ‘OK, great’. I loved my grandmother, I used to take care of my grandmother.

“(He said) ‘Do you know how to curtsy?’ ‘What?’ ‘Do you know how to curtsey?’

“I thought genuinely that’s what happens outside, that was part of the fanfare.

“I didn’t think that’s what happens inside. I go, ‘But it’s your grandmother’. He goes, ‘It’s the Queen!’”

After saying she briefly practised curtsying with the Duke, the Duchess added: “Fergie ran out and said, ‘Are you ready? Do you know how to curtsy? Oh, my goodness, you guys’.

Prince Harry in a black shirt speaking to the cameras

Prince Harry asked Meghan if she new how to curtsy before her first meeting with the late Queen (Image: NETFLIX)

Netflix released the first three episodes of Harry & Meghan on December 8.

The second half of the docu-series will be released next week, on December 15.


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