Meghan Markle childhood photos show Strong Bond with Queen Elizabeth II

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Meghan Markle ready for royalty: Childhood photos show THIS bond with the Queen

MEGHAN Markle’s love of horses could prove a key bonding opportunity with her future grandmother-in-law the Queen after childhood photos of Prince Harry’s fiancée were revealed today.

The photos of Meghan Markle showed the then-12-year-old enjoying a horse ride through the California countryside with her father Thomas.

The photos show the pair smiling as they ride through an autumnal landscape in Big Bear, an area in San Bernardino National Forest.

Dressed in a black-and-white leather jacket and jeans, Meghan looks very much at ease on the horse while her father looks on with pride – something which could help bring her closer to the Queen.

The Queen is famously a horse lover after being given a Shetland pony named Peggy at the age of just four.

Meghan Markle riding a horse during a California trip with her father Photo (C) COLEMAN-RAYNER
Meghan Markle riding a horse during a California trip with her father Photo (C) COLEMAN-RAYNER

As she grew up she became a skilled rider before eventually moving into owning and breeding race horses.

Horses owned by the Queen have won over 1,600 races, with several races named in her honour.

Earlier this year Meghan appeared to mirror the Queen when she became enamoured with a Shetland pony during a Royal visit to Scotland.

In February Meghan laughed as she was greeted by the pony, named Cruachan, who promptly attempted to bite Prince Harry’s hand.

Meghan Markle's love of horses could prove a key bonding issue with the Queen Photo (C) COLEMAN-RAYNER
Meghan Markle’s love of horses could prove a key bonding issue with the Queen Photo (C) COLEMAN-RAYNER

The Prince chuckled at the little horse’s antics and joked with the horse’s minder.

It was not the first equine incident during a Royal visit to Scotland. The Queen once lost her temper with another pony and told it to “go away” after it tried to eat a bouquet of flowers.

Pulling the blooms swiftly behind her back, the Queen told the pony’s minder: “They always try to eat the flowers.”

Meghan Markle, aged 12, horseback riding in Big Bear, California Photo (C) COLEMAN-RAYNER
Meghan Markle, aged 12, horseback riding in Big Bear, California Photo (C) COLEMAN-RAYNER

Pony Major Mark Wilkinson said at the time: “They were asking about him saying he’s a wee star, he knows he’s on parade and is showing off.

“They said it was lovely to meet him.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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