Moment Meghan Markle met the Queen ahead of Prince Harry engagement – ‘Air of TENSION’
MEGHAN Markle’s first meeting with the Queen ahead of her engagement to Prince Harry was a tense moment, it has been claimed.
Meghan and Harry met the monarch for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace in October 2017, a month before the couple’s engagement was announced.
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The meeting was the “most important audition of Meghan’s life”, according to royal author Andrew Morton.
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Writing in his biography of the Duchess of Sussex, titled Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, Mr Morton said: “It was the most important audition of Meghan’s life
“When she was driven through the gates of Buckingham Palace on an overcast, drizzly Thursday in October in a black Ford Galaxy with darkened windows, the actress was about to give the performance of her career.”
The royal author added that there was an “air of tension about the occasion”.
Mr Morton said: “This was perhaps inevitable. As fifth in line to the throne the prince had to obtain his grandmother’s formal permission to marry.
“It was by no means a foregone conclusion. She could say no. She’d done it before. Then what?”
But the royal biographer explained that any doubts the Queen had were over Harry.
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Mr Morton said: “Any possible uncertainly about the outcome of this meeting lay not with Meghan, but with the man she wanted to marry.
“He was the one who had been, if not on trial, then under close scrutiny.”
Mr Morton added that the Queen would have been likely to reject the match a few years earlier due to Harry’s notorious party lifestyle.
The royal author said: “If he had come to see Grannie a few years earlier when he had an unenviable reputation as an angry drunk with poor judgement, it would have been doubtful that the Queen would have agreed to him marrying a divorced American actress.
“Harry’s transformation over the last few years has, together with the popular union between Prince William and Kate Middleton, secured the future of the monarchy.”
Harry and Meghan went on to announce their engagement in November 2017.
Speaking in their engagement interview, Meghan discussed having tea with the Queen, describing the monarch as an “incredible woman”.
Harry and Meghan wed in a stunning ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Casle, in May 2018.
And Meghan is expecting their first child in spring 2019.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK