Howie Mandel Jokes That Meghan Markle Was 'Slightly Duchessy' During Stint On 'Deal Or No Deal'

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Oct. 18 2021, Published 2:30 p.m. ET

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Howie Mandel was asked about working with Meghan Markle on Deal or No Deal, and he joked that “she was slightly duchessy."

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Executive producer of the show, Scott St. John, also weighed in on working with the actress, who married Prince Harry in 2018.

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“She was not involved in many episodes, but I did remember her. She was a very nice person,” St. John said. “I can’t say that I saw anything – I actually think all the women on our show are special.”

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St. John continued, “I mean, she actually developed a relationship with someone in the royal family and there were qualities that he saw in her and she saw in him. That’s all that mattered – it doesn’t matter what we saw.”

For his part, Mandel praised the women who show off the metal briefcases on a daily absis. “Not everybody will have the opportunity to meet royalty, but these are all accomplished people that have something substantial — they’re not just standing there holding a case,” he said. "They have careers, they have hobbies, they have families, they’re entrepreneurial — they’re all people. So, when somebody like Harry meets somebody who just happened to be on our show, there’s a lot to offer.”

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The 40-year-old spoke about her interesting job a few years ago and why she decided to join the game show. “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet. I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on Deal. It's run the gamut,” she told Esquire in 2013. “Definitely working on Deal or No Deal was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing.”

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These days, Meghan and Harry reside in California and are focused on their humanitarian efforts.

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