A scene showing Meghan Markle curtsying in the series Combinations resurfaced after the Duke and Duchess’ Netflix docuseries Harry and Meghanwhich features the Duchess joking about having to curtsy to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
In the second episode of the royal couple’s highly anticipated docuseries, Meghan recalled her first meeting with Prince Harry’s grandmother shortly after they started dating in 2016.
Meghan said she was not ready to be introduced to the British monarch and recalled that while they were on their way to meet her, Prince Harry asked her if she knew how to “curtsy”.
“We were in the car, driving and he said, ‘You know how to curtsey, don’t you?’ and I just thought it was a joke,” the Duchess admitted.
She then appeared next to Harry on the interview sofa and re-enacted the dramatic bow, nodding her head and spreading her arms. The clip received mixed reactions from viewers, who called the curtsy “disrespectful and offensive” to the late Queen.
Now a video showing Meghan Markle curtsying as her character Rachel Zane in Combinations – the TV series she starred in before joining the royal family – has gone viral.
The video, which was shared by Royal Family fan @emilierhh on Instagram, shows Meghan performing a quick curtsey at the start of the legal drama’s season.
“Remember when Meghan Markle told Oprah she had no idea what curtsy was, and lied again on the Netflix documentary, and poked fun at the Queen with a comment” medieval times “?” the reviewer captioned the post. “Here she is on @suitspeacock a few years ago performing a PERFECT REVERENCE.”
Meghan Markle previously revealed during her TV interview with Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t know she had to curtsy to the Queen. The mother-of-two said she was baffled that she had to curtsy, given the monarch was Prince Harry’s grandmother.
On December 15, Netflix aired all six episodes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex docuseries, Harry and Meghan. Throughout the series, Prince Harry and Meghan have condemned the Duchess’s treatment by the media, blamed Meghan’s miscarriage on the Mail court case, and claimed Prince William ‘screamed and screamed’ at Prince Harry in a ‘terrifying’ row at the Sandringham estate in the middle of ‘Megxit’.
Meanwhile, Meghan said she was “surprised” at the royal family’s formality, which continues even behind closed doors. Speaking in episode two, the Duchess described the first time she met the current Prince and Princess of Wales.
“When Will and Kate came over and I first met her, they came over for dinner,” she recalled. “I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot. I was a hug. I’ve always been a hugger, I didn’t realize that was really shocking to a lot of Brits. I guess I started realizing very quickly that the formality on the outside carries over in. There’s a way of being forward-facing, and then you close the door and say, ‘You can relax now,” but this formality continues on both sides. And that surprised me.”