Meghan Markle has shared insight into her experience joining the royal family and why it was nothing like what she had seen in the iconic film The Princess Diaries.
In the third episode of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s docuseries, Harry and Meghan, the 41-year-old duchess revealed that there was no formal instruction on how to follow royal protocol after meeting Prince Harry.
Like most Americans, Meghan’s knowledge of royal life was limited to what she had seen in movies. However, the soon-to-be duchess said she was never taught how to curtsy, how to wave, or told what to wear.
“Joining this family, I knew that there was a protocol for how things were done,” Meghan said during the docuseries. “And, do you remember that old movie, Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway?”
The documentary then cut to a clip from the 2001 movie, with Julie Andrews – aka the Queen of Genovia – telling her granddaughter that she’ll teach her how to “walk, talk, sit, stand, eat, dress like a princess.”
In the Disney film, Hathaway plays a quirky American teenager named Mia who discovers she is heir to the throne of a fictional European country, Genovia — unlike Meghan, an actress from California who met her future husband and third in line to the British throne over Instagram.