MEGHAN Markle has gushed over the Queen saying she was “always wonderful to her” in her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, told the chat show host, 67, that she “loved” being in Her Majesty’s company.
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Meghan said she ‘loved’ being in the Queen’s company during her Oprah chat
Meghan spoke about the difference between the royal family as a “business” and a “family”, on Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special.
The duchess told Oprah: “It’s hard for people to distinguish the two, because it’s a family business right, there’s the family, and then there’s the people that are running the institution, those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to compartmentalise that because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.”
Speaking of her Cheshire engagement with the Queen weeks before her wedding, Meghan said: “I mean, we had one of our first joint engagement together. She asked me to join her, and I was on the train.
“And we have breakfast together that morning and she gave me a beautiful gift and I just really loved being in her company, and I remember we were in the car and she gave me some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace, and we were in the car going between engagements.”
Meghan pictured on her Cheshire engagement with the Queen before her royal weddingCredit: Getty – Contributor
Meghan said the Queen was always ‘wonderful’ to herCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sat down for their bombshell interview, Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special
“And she has a blanket that sits across her, her knees, for warmth and it was chilly and she her knees, for warmth and it was chilly and she was like, ‘Meghan, come on.’
“And put it over my knees as well. And it made me think of my grandmother, where she’s always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.”
The explosive interview is airing on CBS in the US, and will be shown in the UK on ITV on Monday at 9pm.
Meghan and Harry, 36, along with one-year-old son Archie now live in Santa Barbara in a £11m mansion and are neighbours of Oprah. Meghan stunned in a black £3,600 Armani dress featuring a lotus flower design, and also has her hair pulled back in a centre-parted up-do.
The “primetime special” with Meghan and Harry was initially set to last 90 minutes, but CBS extended it to two hours.
Oprah’s very rare sit-down interview with Prince Harry and Meghan will air on ITV
Oprah confirmed ahead of the two-hour special airing that “no subject is off-limits”.
In a dramatic preview of their tell-all interview, Harry said that his “biggest concern was history repeating itself” in a hint towards his mother’s own struggle in the Firm.
Meghan cradled her baby bump while the host asked her whether she was “silent, or silenced” by the Royal Family.
And the Duchess of Sussex also accused Buckingham Palace of “perpetuating falsehoods”.
The interview will be screened to millions of people around the world
In the clip, released by CBS, Meghan claims she wasn’t even allowed to speak to Oprah in 2018 without someone listening in.
A clearly angry Meghan said: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.
“And if that comes with risk of losing things, there is a lot that has been lost already.”
Meghan’s long triple silk dress features a lotus flower design, which Meghan chose for its “symbolic meaning of revival”, it has been claimed
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Meghan Markle chose a dress with a secret meaning for her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it is claimed.
The Telegraph claimed that the £3,600 long triple silk georgette dress features a lotus flower design, which Meghan chose for its “symbolic meaning of revival”.
They wrote: “The lotus flower’s daily resurrection is considered proof of its determination and will to live.
“The Duchess understands that a lotus seed can withstand thousands of years without water, able to germinate over two centuries later.
“This ‘refusal to accept defeat’ is very much how she sees her own battle against the pressures of royal life.”
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The royal couple apparently failed to inform the monarch of their plans to chat to the American chat show host.
Members of the Royal family usually run potential TV interview opportunities past the Queen in advance.
A global TV audience of hundreds of millions in 70 countries is expected to watch the interview.
Royal insiders said members of the family were not planning to stay up until 1am, when the Stateside interview will be screened UK time.
Instead, the Queen will be given a breakfast briefing by aides this morning.
Sources close to her said she will continue to focus on national issues this week.