“The Queen has always been wonderful to me.”
If you’re anything like me, one of the things you might have been particularly curious about is what the couple’s relationship is like with the head honcho, the gal with the crown, the lady on the pound notes: Queen Elizabeth II.
Near the beginning of the interview, Meghan described the first time she met the Queen, and said, “There wasn’t actually a huge formality the first time I met her Majesty the Queen.”
“My grandmother’s there, so you’re going to meet her,” Harry told Meghan. In return, she said, “Oh great, I loved my grandmother, I used to take care of my grandmother, this is great!” — and then Harry asked her if she knew how to curtsy.
Meghan said of this first meeting that it was, “Lovely and easy — and thank god I hadn’t known a lot about the family, thank god I hadn’t researched, I would have been so in my head about it.”
Meghan called it a, “completely different board game” to meeting a celebrity, and that she didn’t initially understand the formalities that went along with interacting with her — even when they were in private.
Meghan also spoke about her first solo outing with the Queen fondly, when they went on the royal train in 2018, and Meghan said, “I really loved being in her company.”
Indeed, one of the things consistent throughout the interview is that Meghan and Harry talked about how positive their relationship has been with the Queen — even if their overall experience with the Institution of the royal family has been rife with problems.
And Meghan mentioned calling the Queen after the news that Phillip was in the hospital.
Harry was keen to clarify that the Queen was not blindsided by their decision to step back from the royal family, and was told plenty of times beforehand.
Although Harry did say he was “hurt” by the Queen’s decision to remove all royal patronages and honorary military titles.
In fact, Harry made it seem like his relationship with the Queen is pretty good right now: “I’ve spoken to my grandmother more this past year than I have in many years.”
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