Paul O'Grady's warning to Meghan Markle before she married Prince Harry revealed

The late TV star once gave some surprising advice to the Duchess of Sussex-to-be

Paul O'Grady portrait split layout with Meghan Markle portrait
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Paul O'Grady gave a warning to Meghan Markle before she married Prince Harry over how not to 'rile' the Queen and the royal family.

Paul O'Grady warned Meghan Markle about some dos and don'ts in the early days of her relationship with Prince Harry.

The late TV presenter, who died 'unexpectedly' aged 67, was a good friend of Camilla Queen Consort and as a result of his royal connections he previously revealed the details of a conversation he had with Meghan, sharing some tips he gave her at the time.

In an interview with the TV Times, he admitted the Queen was "easy to get on with" and "likes a good laugh".

But his main advice for the Duchess to be at the time was to be "totally honest" with the Queen as she is a "straight talking person".

And he warned the Suits actress that is could "cause a divide" if she used too many "non UK words" and advised that she "try to avoid too many Americanisms".

He added, "Always remember to say 'lavatory', not 'bathroom', otherwise you will really rile her!"

Meghan Markle and the Queen

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The unearthed pieces of advice come after Paul's husband Andre, announced the heartbreaking news of his death earlier this week, his statement reads, "It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

"He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humor, wit and compassion.

"I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years."

The Royal Family paid tribute to the star, and shared a snap of Paul with Camilla, Queen Consort, and captioned it, "Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Paul O'Grady, who worked closely with Her Majesty in support of @Battersea_, providing lots of laughter and many waggy-tailed memories."

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.