Like Madonna and Lindsay Lohan before her, it appears as though Meghan Markle may have developed a British accent of her own. Last Friday, the internet had a field day when footage of Meghan greeting fans emerged after her first official engagement with Queen Elizabeth II as The Duchess of Sussex. Yes, she was polite and lovely as per usual, but what was out of the ordinary was the new tone in her voice. Is that a slight English accent we detect?
In particular, it’s the phrase “We all had a great day, I think,” which Meghan says to a Royal fan thrilled to meet her. It was the way she said ‘all’ that perked up ours ears…can you spot it in the video above?
The internet was divided with Meghan’s newfound cadence, with some thinking it was only natural that the Duchess would pick up a British twang.
Meghan is literally around British people constantly of course she’s going to develop an accent. Y’all just want something to be mad about.
— shelbs (@shelbbblc) July 7, 2018
everyone commenting on Meghan Markle adopting a British accent… understandable, I watch one Harry Potter movie and suddenly I’m British
— ray (@rsjeanine) July 6, 2018
If you are making fun of Meghan Markle’s accented speech you should see me after 10 minutes of speaking with anyone British. ESPECIALLY if they’re from the North or have the same accent as my Dad. I can’t help it and after I realize what I’m doing I want to just drop dead.
— Kat🦇Lancashire (@klancashire) July 9, 2018
Oh please. I develop more of a British accent after watching an old episode of Downton Abbey. Leave her alone. https://t.co/A55SEySR0K
— Shannon Molloy (@sleemol) July 8, 2018
Others were a bit more skeptical.
Meghan’s been here for what? 6 months? And she already has a British accent? ooookay then.
— Priyanka (@priy711) July 8, 2018
Meghan Markle is a lil phony for that fake British accent coming through
But if I became British royalty you’d see me day 2 saying pip pip cheerio
— Shan (@shoy_7) July 5, 2018
Ok so now Meghan has a British accent?? WTH? She pulled a Madonna and Tina Turner🤣🤣🤣
— ❤Lisa❤ (@h_lholyghost4) July 7, 2018
According to linguistics expert Dennis Preston, Meghan doesn’t even have one. “I did a very careful listen, paying specific attention to her vowels, a big giveaway with British accents, as well as the intonation. I just didn’t find anything resembling a British accent,” he said to Yahoo Lifestyle. “There’s nothing there.”