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Queen Elizabeth and Meghan navigate an awkward car moment during royal outing

9Honey logo 9Honey 14/06/2018

Meghan Markle wearing a hat © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd All eyes were on Meghan Markle when she embarked on her first outing without Prince Harry by her side, with some anticipating a protocol breach or obvious slip-up.

However, the new Duchess of Sussex was perfectly at home with Queen Elizabeth II, with the pair even navigating a potentially awkward car moment with royal aplomb.

After arriving at Runcorn Station in Cheshire on Thursday, the royal duo was ushered to a car waiting to whisk them away to their first official duty.

Approaching the vehicle, Meghan appeared to hesitate, seemingly unsure as to who should get in first. After all, you can't just call "shotgun" when you're with the Queen of England.

"What is your preference?" cameras captured the 36-year-old asking her grandmother-in-law.

While plenty of media outlets were quick to label this moment of uncertainty as an etiquette bungle on Meghan's part, Her Majesty was visibly unbothered.

“You go first,” she told the newlywed Duchess, who responded, “Oh, okay" before climbing into the back seat.

a person in a car © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd It's likely Queen Elizabeth instructed her newest family member to enter the car ahead of her so that she could exit the vehicle first when they arrived at their destination.

It's understandable that Meghan should still need some guidance when it comes to royal appearances; after all, she's only officially been part of the family for a month now.

At Trooping the Colour on Saturday, Prince Harry could be seen gently prompting his wife when it was time to curtsy for the Queen.

Footage of the event captured Meghan whispering, "Do it?" and Harry responding, "Now", seconds before they curtsied and bowed.

Pictures: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with Queen Elizabeth II in Cheshire

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