Meghan Markle had at least some idea of how to curtsy in front of Queen Elizabeth II.
After the former actress claimed she “didn’t know what [she] was doing” when she first met the late monarch back in 2016, a resurfaced clip from “Suits” showing her curtsying has gone viral.
During a 2010 episode of the drama series, Markle, who played paralegal Rachel Zane, did a small, understated curtsy in front of Rick Hoffman, who played attorney Louis Litt.
An Instagram user — whose page is filled with news about the royal family — recently posted the footage, claiming that Markle’s “perfect” execution of the movement “only proves she knew well how to curtsey [sic] long before she met Harry” and that “her whole BS on Netflix about curtsying to the [Queen of England] was just a mockery.”
“My grandmother was the first senior member of the family that Meghan met,” Harry, 38, explained in the docuseries, which dropped on Netflix earlier this month. “She had no idea what it all consisted of, so it was a bit of a shock to the system for her.”
“It was surreal,” Markle, 41, added. “There wasn’t some big moment of like, ‘And now you’re gonna meet my grandmother.’ I didn’t know I was gonna meet her until moments before.”
“We were in the car, and we were going to the Royal Lodge for lunch, and [Harry] was like, ‘Oh, my grandmother’s here. She’s gonna be there after church,’” Markle went on. “And I remember we were in the car and driving up, and he said, ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ And I just thought it was a joke.”
Harry chimed in, “How do you explain that to people? How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother and that you will need to curtsy? Especially to an American. Like, that’s weird.”
Markle said she quickly realized “this is a big deal” and that it made her feel like she was living in “Medieval times.”
“I curtsied as though I was like,” she explained as she went into a very exaggerated and drawn-out bow that many social media users felt was disrespectful.
Giggling, seemingly at herself, she came back up and recalled saying, “Pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty.”
Markle described the encounter as “so intense” and said she immediately looked around for reassurance that her behavior was at least adequate.
She said Harry’s cousins applauded her for doing “great.”