Meghan and Harry 'had series in mind already' says former aide
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Meghan Markle has been savaged by a royal commentator over her rendition of meeting Queen Elizabeth II for the first time. In episode two of the Duke and Duchess’s new Netflix series, the second half of which drops December 15, Meghan described her first meeting with the Queen.
“It’s surreal. It wasn’t like some big moment of like, ‘Now you’re going to meet my grandmother,” Meghan said. “I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before.”
She added: “And I remember we were in the car and we were driving up and he’s like ‘You know how to curtsy right?’ And I just thought it was a joke.”
The Duchess then performed an exaggerated bow while seated on a couch, arms outstretched while her husband looked on.
“Pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty,” Meghan said laughing. The spectacle has enraged royal experts who have slammed the Duchess for her making light of the privilege of meeting the late monarch.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, royal expert Kinsey Schofield said: “I do, especially after the death of the Queen, believe that this scene reflected poorly on Meghan.
“While this tale might be a hit at elitist Montecito cocktail parties, most people see the Queen as an incredible female leader and a symbol of patriotism and unity. They would consider such a meeting a privilege.”
Speaking about the moment Meghan performed the exaggerated bow, she added: “Prince Harry’s face says it all.”
She claimed that Meghan even practiced British etiquette at a local tea shop, run by a Brit, in Pasadena, California.
Ms Schofield said: “[The show] was full of contradictions. Meghan repeatedly tells us how smart she is but plays dumb when it comes to things like a curtsy or the national anthem.”
She claimed: “It is funny to me that she acts so ill-informed though when I know of a local tea spot in Pasadena, CA that she privately visited, while dating Harry, to learn how to properly enjoy an afternoon tea.
“She wanted to learn the proper way to hold the cup, stir, and sip in anticipation of meeting the Queen.”
Ms Schofield said the British owner of the shop is proud that the Duchess came there to practice her first meet and greet with the late monarch.
Before the first half of the docuseries dropped on Netflix on December 8, there were rumours that the Sussexes wanted to make last-minute changes to the program.
Several royal watchers have called out the documentary for being released so close to the Queen’s death.
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“We heard rumours leading up to the release of this documentary that Harry and Meghan wanted to remove some of the footage and Netflix did not want to continue to tweak the product,” Ms Schofield said. “When I saw this scene for the first time I thought, surely this is the scene they wanted gone!”
The Netflix documentary has sparked discussion around the world, with three more episodes set to be released later this week.
The couple’s first episodes looked at their romance and subsequent engagement and marriage, shedding light on how the couple felt as their lives changed.
They spoke about racism, Meghan’s first impressions of the Royal Family, and Harry’s late mother Princess Diana. The second half of Meghan and Harry’s six-part documentary series is due to be released on December 15.
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