What Meghan Markle’s Relationship With the Queen Is Really Like

Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding date has passed, many are wondering how the former actress will fit in with the British royal family. We know Markle gets along well with her future brother and sister-in-law, Prince William and Kate Middleton, but something we don’t hear a lot about is what the former Suits star’s relationship with Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is like.

In fact, while they have attended events together, the two have not been photographed side-by-side. Moreover, Her Majesty raised some eyebrows and was accused of throwing shade in mid-March when she gave her official consent for Harry and Markle to marry.

Here’s more on that and how the queen of England really feels about her grandson’s fiancée.

Some believe queen shaded Markle in marriage consent

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England.

The queen can certainly throw shade, but Meghan Markle looks to be in the clear here. | Paul Grover – Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry had to get the queen’s official permission to wed Markle because under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, all descendants of George II must do so. Therefore, on March 14, 2018, Queen Elizabeth declared that the two may wed, but the language in her declaration letter had many questioning if the monarch was shading Markle.

In the letter, the queen wrote her “beloved grandson” followed by Harry’s full name and just Markle’s birth name “Rachel Meghan.” However, when she declared Prince William’s marriage to Middleton, the queen wrote to “Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson” and “Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton.”

Next: Is the queen okay with Markle being an American divorcee?

Markle was not a ‘conventional’ royal fiancée

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle breaks quite a few royal traditions. | Ben Birchall/AFP/Getty Images

Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love sat down with Entertainment Tonight and explained that she was very interested in how the queen felt about Markle since she wasn’t “a conventional royal fiancée.”

“When you look at Meghan on paper she is not necessarily what you might expect of a conventional royal fiancée and that she’s American, she’s a well-known face,” Nicholl said.

She added that since the queen is from “a certain generation” she just had to find out how Her Majesty felt about the fact that Markle is an American divorcee, who filmed some steamy scenes during her time on Suits.

Next: Queen Elizabeth II has a special bond with her grandson. 

The queen and Harry are close, but he views her as his ‘boss’ too

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles with her grandson Prince Harry during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, southern England, April 12, 2006

Harry cares about his grandmother, but he also respects her authority. | Dylan Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

Prince Harry and his grandmother are pretty close so, of course, the queen’s feelings about his fiancée are a point of interest.

Prince William previously talked about how the queen has always “been a very strong female influence” throughout their lives, especially after the death of their mother, Princess Diana. Harry said that much of the time though he views her as the queen and his boss, rather than just his grandmother.

“I still view her more as the queen than my grandmother,” Harry admitted. “You have this huge amount of respect for your boss and I always view her as my boss — but occasionally as a grandmother. And the more grandmother bits, the more I can get advice and suck all that information out of her and all that experience that she’s had for so long.”

Next: So, is she supportive of his soon-to-be-wife?

She is a fan of Markle

Queen Elizabeth II attends a State Banquet on day in Berlin

Her Majesty appears to be very happy for the couple. | Michael Ukas – Pool/Getty Images

The queen is reportedly a fan of Markle and does approve of Harry’s relationship with her.

“Everything I heard from the sources I spoke to was that she really felt from the outset that Meghan was a positive person in Prince Harry’s life,” Nicholl shared, adding that the queen has been “very supportive” because she knows how happy Markle makes Harry.

Next: The queen’s pets like Markle as well.

Even Her Majesty’s corgis like Markle

Queen Elizabeth in Australia with corgis

The queen’s beloved pooches are big fans of Markle. | Pool Photo/Getty Images

We know that the queen’s corgis apparently really like Markle too, as Harry shared after the couple’s engagement announcement.

“The corgis took to [her] straight away,” Harry told BBC during an interview with his bride-to-be. “The last 33 years I’ve been barked at; this one walks in and just nothing. Just wagging tails.”

Next: The queen allowed the pair to do something never done before.

The queen broke royal protocol for the couple

Duchess Kate, Prince William, Markle, and Prince Harry on Christmas Day 2017.

Markle’s attendance at the royal Christmas Day celebration wasn’t traditional. | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Another sign that points to the queen being fond of the former actress is that she invited Markle to join the royal family for Christmas festivities in 2017.

That was such a big deal because no other fiancée of any royal — not even Middleton or Princess Diana — had been permitted to do so before they were married to their husbands.

Next: Markle and the queen have some things in common. 

They have a lot in common

Queen Elizabeth II toasts US President George W. Bush after remarks at the start of a White House State Dinner for the British monarch and Prince Philip 07 May 2007 in Washington, DC.

Queen Elizabeth II and Markle are both fans of this liquor. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

It seems that Markle will fit in well with the royal family when she marries Prince Harry on May 19, 2018. In fact, she and the queen have some things in common that might be displayed at the upcoming wedding.

Both Markle and Harry’s grandmother enjoy gin-based beverages. The queen prefers a gin and Dubonnet while Markle drinks “a negroni to cap off the night.” Each of the women also really loves chocolate, so perhaps they’ll be sipping gin cocktails together while sampling a chocolate perfection pie at the reception.

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