Meghan Markle has revealed her thoughts on Queen Elizabeth and the legacy she has left behind more than a month since her passing.
The Duchess of Sussex sat down with United States publication Variety to discuss the late monarch and her contract with Netflix.
“What’s so beautiful is to look at the legacy that his [Prince Harry] grandmother was able to leave on so many fronts,” Meghan said.
“Certainly, in terms of female leadership, she is the most shining example of what that looks like.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who now reside in the US, were already in the United Kingdom when the Queen passed away in early September.
The couple then joined Prince William and Kate Middleton in the public eye to attend funeral events including the walkaround in Westminster Abbey. Meghan told Variety that she was “grateful” for the opportunity to support her husband while he grieved his beloved grandmother.
Meghan added she felt “fortunate” to have had a great relationship with Queen Elizabeth.
“I feel deep gratitude to have been able to spend time with her and get to know her,” she said.
“I’ve reflected on that first official engagement that I had with her, how special that felt. I feel fortunate. And I continue to be proud to have had a nice warmth with the matriarch of the family.”
“It’s been a complicated time, but my husband, ever the optimist, said, ‘Now she’s reunited with her husband’.”
She also dished on the highly anticipated Netflix deal which has faced confusion lately after rumours the couple were not being interesting enough.
However, Meghan noted it has been “nice” to trust American film director Liz Garbus with her and Prince Harry’s love story.
“It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it,” Meghan said.
“But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”
Speaking in the docuseries, which was released December 8, Meghan opened up about meeting the late monarch for the first time at Royal Lodge at Windsor.
”You do know how to curtsy, right?” Harry asked his at-the-time girlfriend.
In the show, Meghan described how strange it was to curtsy for the first time. ”Americans will understand this. We have Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. It was like that. Like, I curtseyed as though I was…” she said, before entering into a humourous, exaggerated curtsy while sitting on a couch.
”Eugenie, Jack, and Fergie were like ‘You did great!”’
Whilst it was a shock to the system for the American actress, Harry revealed his family was ‘in love’ with his new beau.
”I remember my family first meeting her and being incredibly impressed. They were surprised that a ginger [Harry] could land such a beautiful woman and such an intelligent woman.”