What’s the Story Behind Meghan Markle’s Curtsy to Queen Elizabeth?

Credit: ET Canada/YouTube Screenshot

Credit: ET Canada/YouTube Screenshot

Meghan Markle showed how he curtsied when she first met the late Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Lodge in the Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan. She compared the move to the Medieval Times, while Prince Harry gave more details about it in his memoir, Spare.

However, contrary to the Duchess of Sussex’s claim that Sarah Ferguson taught her how to curtsy, Prince Andrew’s former wife denied the claim. So, what’s the story behind the infamous curtsy of Meghan?

Meghan Markle’s Curtsy

The former actress recalled how she prepared to meet the late monarch for the first time in the second episode of the controversial docuseries.

“I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before,” she said via Today.

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“We were in the car, and we were going to Royal Lodge for lunch. And (Harry) was like, ‘Oh, my grandmother is here. She’s going to be there after church,’” she continued. “I remember we were in the car, driving, and he’s like, ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke.”

After realizing it wasn’t a joke, she quickly had to learn how to curtsy in front of a queen properly.

“Now I’m starting to realize this is a big deal,” Meghan added. “I mean, Americans would understand this.”

Prince Harry Describes Meghan Markle’s Curtsy

Prince Harry also detailed his wife’s curtsy in his memoir, and the Independent saw it plain and simple, opposite the Suit star’s exaggerated claim when she compared it to Medieval Times.

The Duke of Sussex wrote they were going to Prince Andrew’s home to meet Sarah, his cousin Princess Eugenie, and the latter’s husband, Jack Brooksbank.

Meghan already knew Eugenie after attending a Halloween party together before her relationship with Prince Harry went public.

They didn’t expect Queen Elizabeth was also at the Royal Lodge at the time, making a surprise visit.

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“We entered the large front sitting room and there she was. Granny. The monarch. Queen Elizabeth II. Standing in the middle of the room,” he detailed, per Newsweek.

“She turned slightly. Meg went straight to her and dropped a deep, flawless curtsy. ‘Your Majesty. Pleasure to meet you.’” he continued. “Euge and Jack were near Granny and they almost seemed to pretend not to know Meg. They were very quiet, very proper. Each gave Meg a quick kiss on the cheek, but it was pure royal. Pure British.”

Prince Harry claimed Sarah helped Meghan practice her curtsy outside her home and demonstrated what she had to do, which his wife imitated.

“As we walked towards the door Fergie and I both leaned into Meg, whispering quick reminders,” he added. “When you first meet the Queen it’s Your Majesty. Thereafter it’s just Ma’am. Rhymes with ham.”

Sarah Ferguson Denies Teaching Meghan Markle How to Curtsy

But despite the Sussex couple’s claim that Sarah taught Meghan how to curtsy, the Duchess of York revealed she hadn’t met the American beauty yet.

“I don’t really know Meghan,” she told The Telegraph. “I haven’t really met her.”

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Despite that, she praised the California-based royal for making Prince Harry happy.

“She has made Harry very happy, and that is so nice. Honestly, he’s so happy with her,” she said. She really loves him. And I think that’s beautiful.”

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