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Meghan Markle reenacted the 'medieval' curtsy she gave to the Queen when they first met in her new Netflix docuseries

INSIDER 12/9/2022 mfriel@businessinsider.com (Mikhaila Friel)
Meghan Markle reenacting the curtsy she gave the Queen on their first meeting. Netflix © Netflix Meghan Markle reenacting the curtsy she gave the Queen on their first meeting. Netflix
  • Meghan Markle reenacted the "medieval" curtsy she gave Queen Elizabeth when they met.
  • In their Netflix docuseries, Harry said it was "weird" having to tell Meghan that she had to curtsy.
  • "It was so intense," Meghan said. 

In the new docuseries "Harry & Meghan," the Duchess of Sussex reenacted the "medieval" curtsy she gave Queen Elizabeth II when they met for the first time.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recalled the incident in episode two of their docuseries, which aired on Netflix on Thursday.

Speaking in a joint confessional, the couple said they were on their way to Royal Lodge in Windsor for lunch when they realized that the Queen was also planning to be there. 

"I didn't know I was going to meet her until moments before," Meghan said.

"He said, 'You know how to curtsy, right?' And I just thought it was a joke," she added.

"How do you explain that to people? How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother, and that you will need to curtsy? Especially to an American. Like, that's weird," Harry said. 

Meghan went on to compare the curtsy to something from "Medieval Times," and did a reenactment for the camera. 

"It was so intense," Meghan said. 

Chris Ship, royal editor at ITV News, shared the clip on Twitter.

Meghan and the Queen appeared to have a polite and friendly relationship before the monarch died at the age of 96 on September 8. They had their first joint solo engagement together in June 2018, where the Queen gifted the duchess a pair of earrings from her personal collection.

Speaking to Oprah in March 2021, Meghan said the Queen had been "wonderful" to her and that she reminded her of her grandmother, Sky News reported.

Volume I of "Harry & Meghan" is available on Netflix, and Volume II will air on December 15.

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