‘I understood very quickly’: Kate and William’s awkward first meeting with Meghan revealed


The Duchess of Sussex has shared details of her awkward first meeting with the Prince and Princess of Wales in Harry and Meghan’s new Netflix series.

“I was a hugger, always being a hugger I didn’t realize that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits. I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried through on the inside.

“That there is a forward-facing way of being. And then you close the door and you are like, ‘Oh, great. Okay, we can relax now’.”

The Duke of Sussex also reveals his wife being an American actress had “clouded” his family’s view of her.

Meghan Markle

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has revealed details of her first meeting with William and Kate (Image: Getty)


Harry and Meghan in an image shared in the series (Image: Netflix)

King ‘might have to take action and strip titles’ to clamp down on Prince Harry’s attacks

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s latest attack on the Royal Family could force King Charles to strip the couple of their titles.

The Sussexes have released an explosive trailer of their potentially imminent Netflix series in what royal commentators describe as their latest attempt at upstaging the Prince and Princess of Wales.

King Charles could finally execute his royal power, as Harry and Meghan prepare to once again unleash their “truth”.

Meghan, talking about meeting the Queen during episode two of their Netflix documentary, said: “I didn’t know what I was doing.”

Harry went on: “I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed, some of them didn’t quite know what to do with themselves.

“Because I think they were surprised. They were surprised that a ginger could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.

“But the fact that I was dating an American actress was probably what clouded their judgment more than anything else at the beginning, ‘oh she’s an American actress; this won’t last’.”

Meghan added: “The actress thing was the biggest problem, funnily enough. There is a big idea of what that looks like from the UK standpoint – Hollywood – and it’s just very easy for them to typecast that.”

Meghan Markle

Meghan being interviewed during the series (Image: Netflix)

Prince Harry

Harry and Meghan appear in an episode to their new Netflix series (Image: Netflix)

Harry & Meghan episode 1: All the details from Archie talking to couple’s first date

The first three episodes of the Netflix series, named Harry & Meghan dropped on the streaming giant on Thursday morning.

The highly-anticipated programme may have crashed the site, but Express.co.uk has listed all of the bombshell moments from the first episode:

  • Archie talks for the first time in unseen footage
  • Harry confirms how he and Meghan met via Instagram
  • Harry rejected pressure to marry someone who would fit the mould
  • Meghan and Harry disguised in fancy-dress before their relationship was broadcast to the world
  • Prince Harry almost lost Meghan when they were dating due to his “ego”

In episode two of Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also spoke about how their relationship survived the increased media attention.

Meghan said: “When all of that started happening, my friends and people in my life who love me and care about me were like ‘Is he worth this? Like, we know you’re happy and we know that you love him. Is this worth this? Look what is happening to your life.’

“We just did everything we could to be there for each other. We had to stay connected. We wouldn’t have survived it if we weren’t.”

Harry said: “I don’t know how we did it, but we did it. Most of the time we were on the other side of the Atlantic. She was in Canada working, I would try and get over to see her, and she would come over here and see me a hell of a lot more.”

The Netflix documentary showed text messages between the couple on organising trips back and forth to see each other as Meghan described landing in the UK, getting harassed and going to hunker down in Kensington Palace until she left.

Harry said: “Dating became this combination of car chases, anti-surveillance driving and disguises, which isn’t a particularly healthy way to start a relationship, but we always came at it with as much humour as possible.

“Whenever we saw each other we would just give each other a massive hug and try and have as much of a normal life as possible.”

In the third episode, the Duchess of Sussex said she discovered her father Thomas Markle was not going to attend her wedding “through a tabloid”.

Prince William

The Prince and Princess of Wales during their recent visit to Boston (Image: Getty)

She said: “The week before our wedding we get a call from our joint communications secretary who said this story is going to come out tomorrow saying your father has been staging pictures and taking money from press. That was the first I was hearing of it.”

Meghan then explained the following conversation with her father, in which she said he denied the allegations but refused to be flown to the UK a day early for the wedding.

The Duchess said: “(I said) ‘We’ll just come and get you out a day early to get you out of Mexico’, and he said ‘No no I have things I need to do’. And it felt really cagey. I said ‘it doesn’t make sense’. And when we hung up I looked at H (Harry), I was like ‘I don’t know why but I don’t believe him’.

“Paps and journalists were following him all day, every day, the unravelling happened that week when he wouldn’t pick up my call, and instead you’re talking to TMZ and I’m find out that you’re not coming to our wedding through a tabloid.”


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