The Clever Way Meghan Markle Made The Best First Impression With Queen Elizabeth

Whenever a person is in a new relationship, meeting the family is always a pretty huge deal: You want to do everything that you can to make the best impression possible, and you may even feel as if the family is judging you. It is difficult to meet a new love’s parents or grandparents under typical circumstances; however, meeting Queen Elizabeth must be beyond nerve-wracking. After all, there are certain ways in which her majesty must be greeted and spoken to, and to say that you must be on your best behavior is an understatement. 

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were dating, the Suits actress surely knew that meeting his grandmother was of utmost importance. It would be extremely problematic if the queen didn’t like her, as Markle and Prince Harry needed her approval to get married.

The first meeting apparently went very well, as Markle is now the Duchess of Sussex. Reportedly, there’s a clever way Duchess Meghan made the best first impression with the queen.

The royal rules of etiquette

Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

In most situations, you can greet someone however you feel is best. Perhaps walk in the room, extend your hand, and introduce yourself in a way that is most comfortable for you.

But when meeting the queen, it is important to remember there are certain rules that must be followed. BBC News reports that when being introduced to the ruling monarch, she must be addressed as “your majesty” at first and as “ma’am” after that. A curtsy or bow is not only appropriate but expected, and you must remember to take her lead at all times.

And should you be so fortunate to have the opportunity to dine with the queen, there are rules surrounding that too. For instance, you should never begin eating before she does, and let her do the talking first.

Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth have formed a close bond

If Duchess Meghan was concerned about Prince Harry’s grandmother taking a liking to her, it looks like she had nothing to worry about. She and the queen have formed a close relationship in the short time that Markle has been a member of the royal family — and things can only get better from here.

According to Express, Queen Elizabeth has made a pretty strong effort to make Markle feel comfortable in her new role as the Duchess of Sussex. Being from the United States, the duchess wasn’t familiar with what the British royal family was all about. The queen went out of her way to show Markle the ropes and help her carry out her royal duties with the confidence that we see from her on a regular basis.

What is the clever way that Meghan Markle make the best first impression with Queen Elizabeth?

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So, how was it that Duchess Meghan made sure that their first meeting went as smoothly as possible? Express reports that instead of merely winging it, like many people would have done, Markle went so far as to take an etiquette class in order to make a great first impression. The class lasted for two hours, during which Markle was taught how to properly hold a cup and saucer and how to use a knife and fork in the appropriate manner.

Why was this even important? As it turns out, Markle knew that tea would be served the first time she and Queen Elizabeth met, and how important that is to the royals. The family takes etiquette very seriously, and it is not as if someone can casually sit back and do as they please.

It is evident that from the beginning, Markle knew that her relationship with Prince Harry was definitely something special, and it is wonderful to know that she made the effort to impress the queen.