In episode two of the bombshell docuseries, Harry & Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex explained her first impression of her sister-in-law after getting serious with Prince Harry — and how their vast differences were evident from the start.
“I was a hugger and have always been a hugger. I didn’t realize that that was really jarring for a lot of Brits,” Meghan — who was born and raised in California — said of her first meeting with Kate.
“I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried through on the inside," the former Suits actress admitted of getting to know the Princess of Wales, Prince William and the rest of the royal family.
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Meghan admitted her preconceived notions may have led her to disappointment with her soon-to-be family's attitude of public and private life.
“There is a forward-facing way of being, and then you close the door and you are like, ‘Oh, great. We can relax now.’ But that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me,” the mother-of-two said.
“It’s so funny when I look back now because now I know so much,” Meghan recalled of her journey to becoming a royal, noting she was “so glad I didn’t then because I could just authentically be myself without so much preparedness.”
The former Deal or No Deal briefcase holder also found this dynamic difficult when meeting the late Queen Elizabeth II for the first time. “My grandmother was the first senior member of the royal family that Meghan met,” the Duke of Sussex said of his grandmother meeting his future wife. “[Meghan] had no idea what it all consisted of. It was a bit of a shock to the system for her.”
“I mean, it’s surreal. I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before,” Meghan spilled.