A prince or a royal purse holder? Whereas Meghan Markle knew precisely who Queen Elizabeth II was after they first met, the identical can’t be mentioned for her son Prince Andrew.
Prince Harry revealed in his Spare memoir, which hits cabinets on Tuesday, January 10, that the 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex had initially mistaken his 62-year-old uncle for a royal staffer.
“After a second, Meg requested me one thing concerning the Queen’s assistant,” the Duke of Sussex recalled, noting he didn’t who she was talking about. “‘That man holding the purse. That man who walked her to the door,’ [she said].’”
Harry — who married the Fits alum in Could 2018 — promptly knowledgeable Meghan that the person in query was really the second son of the late queen and the late Prince Philip, who died in September 2022 and April 2021, respectively. (Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh have been mother and father to King Charles III, Princess Anne, Andrew and Prince Edward.) “She undoubtedly hadn’t Googled us,” the navy veteran quipped within the Spare passage.
The Invictus Video games cofounder had launched Meghan to his beloved grandmother in October 2016, a number of months after they started courting that July. Harry and the “Archetypes” podcast host joined the queen, the Duke of York, Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank for lunch on the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England.
“It was all very nice,” Harry wrote in Spare, noting that Meghan even executed a near-flawless “deep” curtsy whereas greeting the queen for the primary time.
The California native — who shares kids Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 19 months, with Harry — beforehand revealed that she didn’t know she can be assembly England’s long-reigning monarch till Harry drove them to the Windsor property.
“There wasn’t some large second of like, ‘And now you’re going to satisfy my grandmother,’” Meghan mentioned within the couple’s Harry & Meghan docuseries, which premiered on Netflix final month. “I bear in mind being within the automotive and [Harry] was like, ‘You understand how to curtsy proper?’ and I simply thought it was a joke.”
She continued: “Individuals will perceive this, now we have Medieval Occasions Dinner and Event. [My first curtsy] was like that. Like, I curtsied as if I used to be [bowing down to the floor].”
After Meghan mastered her curtsy, the couple exchanged pleasantries with the queen. They mentioned Her Majesty’s attendance at church that morning and the actress’ residency in Toronto, a member of the Commonwealth, whereas she filmed episodes of Fits.
Elizabeth ultimately introduced her departure from the group’s lunch almost 20 minutes later, with Andrew escorting her out. “Everybody flooded into the room after she’d pushed away. The entire vibe modified,” Harry recalled in Spare earlier than the group toasted the event with a spherical of drinks.
Spare might be launched on Tuesday, January 10.