Meghan Markle has opened up about her relationship with the Queen in her latest interview with US magazine Variety.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, said she has been reminiscing about her first joint engagement with Queen Elizabeth II, which took place in June 2018 in Widnes, Cheshire, since the late Sovereign’s death on September 8.
Speaking to one of her favorite US magazines at her home in Montecito, Meghan said the late monarch felt special during the event to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge.
In photographs from the time, the two women appeared to enjoy each other’s company, share a joke and laugh.
More than four years later, and following Meghan and Prince Harry’s highly publicized departure from the Royal Family and bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021, the Duchess of Sussex said she is ‘grateful’ to have been able to spend time with the Queen Elizabeth. with whom she said she shared a ‘good warmth’.
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The Duchess of Sussex, 41, has recalled her first – and only – joint engagement with the late Queen in June 2018. She told Variety magazine that she had experienced a ‘good warmth’ from the monarch
This week, Meghan Markle appeared on the cover of Variety, where she talked about her relationship with the late Queen Elizabeth
Photographs from the time saw the two women seem to enjoy each other’s company as they opened the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Widnes, Cheshire in 2018
Meghan took part in a glamorous photo shoot for the interview and was also filmed talking about her recent trip to the UK with Harry, their pseudo-royal tour cut short by Her Majesty’s death aged 96.
Hinting that her death had been difficult for Harry, who reportedly found out about his grandmother’s death just five minutes before the rest of the world, she said of the days and weeks following: ‘It’s been a complicated time but my husband, ever the optimist, said: “Now she is reunited with her husband”.’
Speaking about her engagement to the Queen four years ago, Meghan told the publication: ‘I’ve been reflecting on the first official engagement I had with her, how special it felt. I feel lucky.
“And I remain proud to have had a lovely warmth with the matriarch of the family,” she added.
At the time, the 92-year-old monarch appeared to be enjoying a growing bond with his grandson’s wife, 36.
Meghan and the Queen appeared to get on famously, with Meghan whispering into the Queen’s ear as she watched a children’s performance at the opening of the new bridge.
The Duchess of Sussex also details what life was like after the explosive Oprah interview, Harry’s love of In-N-Out Burger, her podcast ‘Archetypes’ and the Netflix documentary they are making as part of their $100 million contract with the streaming giant
Meghan had worn a cream Givenchy outfit for her engagement to the monarch
The newlywed Duchess of Sussex and the Queen appeared to be enjoying each other’s company during their 2018 engagement
The royal visitors were seen smiling and chatting to each other and dignitaries as they watched the youngsters dance to a seven-minute medley of music that included Edgar’s March Pomp and Circumstance and The Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love.
The visit had been seen as the occasion for the Sovereign to give a masterclass on how to handle royal engagements to new arrival Meghan.
Former Suits star Meghan couldn’t resist wearing another creation by her wedding designer Givenchy for the visit and looked elegant in the off-the-shoulder cream gown, cinched in at the waist with a black belt, with a simple black bag of the same designer.
And in another sign of her growing friendship with the Queen at the time, Harry’s wife wore a pair of delicate pearl earrings, given to her by the monarch as a gift.
Meghan took part in a walk in Chester where she met local people and was presented with flowers
Still learning the ins and outs of royalty, the Duchess of Sussex looked typically stylish for the event
Meanwhile, Her Majesty was vibrant as ever in a lime green ensemble by Stewart Parvin and hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.
The former actress enjoyed an initial overnight ride on the Royal Train with the Queen, ahead of her first day of engagements with the monarch, arriving at Runcorn Station this morning after traveling up from London with the head of state on the distinctive burgundy livery locomotive.
Meghan couldn’t quite hide her nerves during the event, which saw her struggle as she learned her way around royal protocol.
There was a moment of confusion as the Duchess seemed unsure who should get into the car first. ‘What do you prefer?’ she asked the Queen.
“You go first,” said the queen. “Oh ok,” said the duchess.
Their first stop was the new £1.86 billion Mersey Gateway Bridge, where they met with local residents and officials from Halton Council, architects and engineers and others involved in the 25-year project.
Meghan, who appeared nervous about the event and struggling to get her head around royal protocol, waved gently to the royal fans who had come to see her
The Duchess was absolutely interested in the dance performance and in the history of the various bridges that have crossed the river,” said David Parr, Halton Council’s Chief Executive.
Before they left, the Queen and Meghan accepted bags from two schoolgirls, Savannah Cafferty, 11, and Alarni Wain, who was celebrating her eighth birthday.
Andrew Curphey, whose theater company had brought together 80 children aged 5-18 from nine local schools to create their show, said of Meghan: ‘She was really calm considering it was her first official engagement with the boss. She’s with the boss, so no pressure.’
The Queen and Meghan then held a minute’s silence to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Meghan and the Queen visited the Storyhouse theater complex in Chester, which has a library and performing arts space.
Inside, they watched as a group of children from Ashgrove Farm’s nursery took part in an enthusiastic rendition of The Wheels On The Bus.
The royal visitors saw a performance by Fallen Angels, a dance theater company for people recovering from addiction.
She and Meghan then moved into the theater to watch a medley of songs from Storyhouse’s latest production, ‘A Little Night Music’, as well as a performance by actors from ‘Swallow and Amazons’ and children from schools including Cherry Grove, Queen’s School and St Clare’s.
They ended the engagement with a walk around Chester where they were greeted by hundreds of clapping fans.