Meghan Markle opens up on relationship with the Queen in new Netflix documentary episodes

Meghan Markle recalled looking to Queen Elizabeth II as a ‘grandmother figure’ during their first joint engagement after her wedding.

Montecito-based Meghan said she had a ‘great time’ on the day she attended a day of engagements in Cheshire with the late monarch in June 2018.

She said that she treated the Queen as her ‘husband’s grandma’ and felt like the sovereign was ‘family,’ because she reminded her of her own grandmother.

The first three episodes of Harry & Meghan – part of the Sussexes’ multi-million-dollar deal with Netflix – were streamed last week, with the final three hour-long episodes streaming from today.

Montecito-based Meghan said she had a ‘great time’ as her and the late Monarch attended several events together in Cheshire in June 2018

‘Very early one after we got married, we took the royal train together, we had breakfast that morning and I had a really great time with her,’ Meghan recalled.

‘I treated her as my husband’s grandma, and knowing there had to be a totally different sense of propriety when you’re out in public,’ she added.

But she suggested she had a warmer relationship with the Monarch away from the public eye.

‘When you’re sitting and having breakfast, to just be able to talk,’ she said.

Meghan said she felt the late Monarch was like 'family' and reminded her of caring for her own grandmother (pictured in 2018 in Cheshire)

Meghan said she felt the late Monarch was like ‘family’ and reminded her of caring for her own grandmother (pictured in 2018 in Cheshire)

‘I mean, when we got into the car in between engagements, she had a blanket and she put it over my knees and we were just sitting in the car with this blanket,’ she recalled.

‘And I thought “I recognize and respect and see that you are The Queen, but in this moment, I’m so grateful that there’s a grandmother figure”,’ she added.

‘Because that feels like family. And because I was so, so close with my grandmother and I took care of her in her final years, it was really,… It was such a good day,’ she went on, adding: ‘We laughed.’

The show has become the streaming giant’s most-watched documentary in a premier week, debuting with 81.55 million hours viewed.

Elsewhere in the newly released episode, Meghan describes her father-in-law King Charles as ‘very charming.’

Meghan, 41, speaking early in the fourth episode describes how difficult it was to not have her own father, Thomas Markle, by her side on her big day, with the world’s media looking on – and how important it was having Charles walk her down the aisle to Harry.

The couple released the final three episodes of their blockbuster Netflix series this morning and the fourth episode begins with her recounting how Charles stepped up in the absence of Mr Markle, as she reveals she told him: ‘I’ve lost my father in this. ‘

Retired Hollywood lighting director Thomas Markle, 78, didn’t attend the couple’s historic nuptials at St George’s Chapel in Windsor after suffering two heart attacks in California in the weeks preceding it.

She said: ‘Harry’s dad is very charming and I said to him like, “I’ve lost my dad in this”, so him as my father-in-law was really important to me, so I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes.’

Meghan discusses preparations for the couple’s wedding, which took place with the world watching in May 2018.

She says the whole occasion was ‘surreal’ but that she found a calm space, joking, she wanted a ‘mimosa, a croissant and to listen to Going to the Chapel’ while getting ready.

She told herself ‘take a deep breath and keep going’ as she walked down the aisle, and described how her and Harry’s deep connection helped.

Meghan later added: ‘H [Harry] and I are really, really good at finding each other in the chaos. When we find each other, reconnect, it’s like, “It’s you, it’s you”.

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And Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary LIVE: Final three episodes released TODAY see Duchess branded a ‘scapegoat’ as royal family brace for fresh attacks

And The final days at Frogmore: Meghan and Harry say packing up Windsor cottage before move to California was ‘bittersweet’ and ‘gave us a chance to look back at our whole love story’


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