Meghan Markle has had a lot to adapt to now that she’s living in the U.K., what with the general dampness, all the tea times, and the separate hot and cold faucets, not to mention, you know, the whole royalty thing. But there’s one other major thing she has to get used to: driving. Even though she hasn’t had to do it since she’s been there and others are typically behind the wheel doesn’t mean an independent woman like Markle doesn’t want to learn. So who better to teach her than Prince Harry?
Well, technically, there is one other person who might be an ideal instructor: Her Majesty herself, Queen Elizabeth. (Meghan does have an in with the driving pro.) But since she’s a bit busy with the monarchy, Harry will have to do.
Not only does Markle need to learn about driving on the left side of the road (in a car with the steering wheel and everything else on the opposite side EXCEPT the pedals, brake and clutch, which remains the same) but she’s also learning to drive a car with manual transmission. And to master that combination, after doing it the other way for two decades, requires a patient person doing the teaching.
According to the Daily Mail, all royalty protection vehicles are now automatics but sources say it’s important that Markle learns to drive stick in case of an emergency. She’ll also be taught evasive driving techniques as part of a general program of security training.
Sources say that Meghan wants to drive herself around in the future, despite the fact that most members of the Royal Family are driven to their engagements. She is reportedly applying for a British temporary license, but she’ll have to pass a few tests in the U.K. to drive on a permanent basis. As long as the test doesn’t take her to Swindon, as with all things, Megs will do just fine.