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Meghan Markle's deep curtsy to Queen's coffin is sweet echo of her first meeting with Her Majesty | The Sun

MEGHAN Markle's curtsy to the Queen today was a sweet echo of the moment she first met her grandmother-in-law.

The Duchess of Sussex gave a deep curtsy before Her Majesty's coffin in Westminster Hall this afternoon.

She followed the Princess of Wales and other wives of Windsor, who gave a series of curtsies in a moving tribute to the arrival of the Queen's coffin.

Meghan, who appeared poised in quiet reflection, slowly lowered herself to the ground with her head bowed.

And the touching moment may have served as a particularly emotional reminder of the very first time she met the Queen.

Meghan previously told Oprah Winfrey how she hadn't expected to have to curtsy when she met Her Majesty, having to learn moments before.

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She said: "I remember Harry and I were in the car, and he says, 'OK, my grandmother is there so we're going to meet her'.

"And I said, 'Oh great, I love grandmas.' […] 'But, right, do you know how to curtsy?'

"I thought that was part of the fanfare. I didn't think that's what happens inside, and I said, 'It's your grandmother.' He goes, 'It's the Queen.'"

Meghan added: "I learned it very quickly. Right in front of the house, we just practiced and then walked in. […] I met her and, apparently, I did a very deep curtsy."

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During the same interview last year, Meghan told how she would "regularly phone the Queen "just to check in" and described the monarch as "warm and inviting".

She also said the first time she met her grandmother-in-law was "lovely and easy".

There were tears of raw emotion from some of the devastated family members today as they joined in prayers for Her Majesty.

Dressed head to toe in black — Queen Consort Camilla,  Princess of Wales Kate, Sophie Wessex and Duchess of Sussex Meghan — all lined up for the arrival of the late head of state’s coffin at Westminster Hall.

The touching moment captured a handing over of the future of the Royal Family to four of Her Majesty’ssenior female relatives.

It followed a sombre 38-minute procession where King Charles led the Queen's children and grandchildren from the Palace past thousands of mourners.

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The doors of Westminster Hall later opened at 5pm allowing crowds to pay tribute to the Queen.

Her Majesty will now lie in state until Monday, when her funeral is due to be held.

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