Meghan Markle received this royal tutorial from Fergie MINUTES before meeting the Queen

Meghan Markle and Fergie, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the athletics on day two of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.
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Meghan Markle first met the Queen at Windsor Castle but before their debut meeting she learned an essential royal lesson from Sarah Ferguson. 

When Meghan initially met Prince Harry, she claims she didn't do much research into the Royal Family and "didn't fully understand what the job was."

The Duchess and Prince Harry met in July 2016 (opens in new tab), not May as originally reported, and the prince was forced to confirm their relationship as photographers harassed his then girlfriend. But Prince Harry's grandmother the Queen appears to have been a far greater cause of worry for the couple - as Meghan admitted she had no idea she would be expected to bow to Her Majesty.

Meghan Markle revealed she and Harry were headed to lunch at the Royal Lodge, the house of Prince Andrew and his former wife Fergie, when she discovered the Queen would be there.

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Meghan explained in an Oprah interview (opens in new tab), "And I remember Harry and I are in the car and he says, ‘okay, well, my, my grandmother's there. So you're going to meet her.'"

But when Harry asked if she knew how to curtsy, she added, "I thought that was part of the fanfare. I don't think that's what happens inside. And I said, but it's your grandmother. He goes, it's the Queen."

Meghan Markle had to learn "very quickly" after that, she continued, "Fergie ran out and said, “Do you know how to curtsy?”... Apparently, I did a very deep curtsy, I don’t remember it, and then we sat there and we chatted."

Meghan Markle and Fergie

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Meghan had her most recent meeting with the Queen last week when she and Harry secretly met the Monarch (opens in new tab) during a whistle stop visit of the UK on their way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.

After quitting as a working royal (opens in new tab) in early 2020, she had not seen the Queen or Prince Charles in two years.

Kudzai Chibaduki
Features Writer

Since December 2020, Kudzai Chibaduki has worked as a trainee journalist at FUTURE, capturing all fashion, entertainment, and beauty content for the Lifestyle websites, as well as contributing to the shopping sections for's widely read online magazine. Kudzai previously worked as a freelance fashion wardrobe stylist, directing magazine photoshoots and coordinating the fashion direction of recording artists.