We all remember when earlier this summer Meghan Markle, freshly married, attended her first royal engagement officially a Duchess, with new grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. There were laughs and giggles aplenty, and the two looked like the definition of BFFs:
But in a new biography of Prince Charles, Charles at Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams, author Robert Jobson claims the occasion didn’t exactly get off to a smooth start. The Daily Mail detailed how on their first outing together in Cheshire, Meghan seemingly misunderstood protocol. When aides advised her the Queen would be wearing a green hat honouring victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire the previous year, the implication was that the Duchess should follow suit and also wear a hat.
But apparently that wasn’t made super clear, and being the newbie she was, she attended hat-less. According to the Mail, an anonymous senior figure close to the Queen said, “I don’t think the Duchess fully understood. This was not a request. They are for others to make, not the Queen.” Oops.
It’s hardly a surprise – unlike Kate Middleton, who dated Prince William on and off for years before officially joining ‘The Firm,’ Meghan had little time to verse herself in various royal protocols. In fact, as they left for the day, a camera caught Meghan (compliantly walking behind her grandmother-in-law) confused as to who should enter the royal car first. She checked with an aide, and then the Queen herself, who politely let her slide in first.
The charming moment Meghan asks about protocol on who should get into the car first… and the Queen lets her go first on their first Royal Engagement together. pic.twitter.com/8dcZYkrLTW
— LBC (@LBC) June 14, 2018
It’s nothing to panic about though – it’s clear from photos of the day no lasting damage was done (when else do we see the Queen smile like that?!). Indeed, Meghan even managed to get a ride on the Royal Train for the occasion – a privilege normally reserved for more senior royals that even Kate, Wills, and Harry haven’t enjoyed.
And let’s not forget their shared love of dogs, which apparently has cemented a solid bond between the two ladies. In fact, Prince Harry sweetly shared in the official engagement interview that the Queen’s corgis were warming to Meghan already. So it’s seems safe to say she’s won plenty of Queen brownie points before and since then.