During the early stages of their relationship, Prince Harry made sure to gradually introduce his wife Meghan Markle to his family and friends. His aunt Sarah Ferguson was one of the first to meet his then-girlfriend.
Since the former actress had already met his cousin Princess Eugenie and her future husband, Jack Brooksbank, the former actress seemed like a logical first step, according to the Duke of Sussex, who published his all-revealing memoir Spare in January.
“I made her acquaintance with a few of my close friends. All is well. She was adored by everyone, he revealed. I thought it was time for her to meet my family because I felt more confident. She concurred.
“We’ll start at Royal Lodge. Meg already knew Jack and Fergie’s daughter Euge, so it made sense that she would want to meet her. But I received word on my phone as we got closer to Royal Lodge. Grandma was present.
The author writes that Sarah and Meghan hit it off right away, with Meghan learning how to curtsy just before she met the Queen for the first time.
In her 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former actress said, “I learned it very quickly. We simply practiced in front of the house before entering. When I first met her, I apparently curtsied very deeply.
In the Netflix documentary series Harry & Meghan, she recalled the incident and said: “It was so intense. You did great, Eugenie, Jack, and Fergie exclaimed after [the Queen] left.
Back in 2019, Sarah spoke out in the Duchess of Sussex’s defense and expressed her empathy for the challenges she has faced as a new member of the royal family.
The mother of two compared the scrutiny Prince Harry and Meghan had faced to her own experiences after marrying Prince Andrew and said she felt “desperately sorry” for them.
Meghan must be struggling, and I can understand her. She’s fabulous and modern, in my opinion,” Sarah told Vogue Arabia. She previously enjoyed fame. She’s fantastic. Why is Meghan so terrible? Why is it impossible to honor her?
Sarah said: “I tend not to give advice because it is taken out of context, but I have been in Meghan’s shoes, and I still am.” Sarah stopped short of offering Meghan any advice on how to handle the criticism. It’s hard and mean; there’s always a twist of negativity. It just gets so sad and exhausting. Because I’ve experienced bullying, I detest it and am terribly sorry for the suffering they must be experiencing.
“She has made Harry very happy, and that is so nice,” she continued. He’s really thrilled to have her. She adores him so much. And I think that’s lovely; Diana would be proud of him and her lovely grandchildren, I’m sure.
Sarah did, however, acknowledge in a recent interview with The Telegraph that she didn’t “really know” Meghan. She admitted, “I don’t really know Meghan. “I’ve never actually met her. When I spoke to her at the funeral, I thought she was stunning. I find her to be lovely.
Sarah continued, “She has made Harry very happy, and that is so nice,” despite her candor. He’s really thrilled to have her. She adores him so much. And I think that’s lovely; Diana would be proud of him and her lovely grandchildren, I’m sure.