During the Thursday, November 18, episode of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, she brought on Meghan Markle as her guest. During the sit-down chat, they spoke about Prince Harry and her kids, in addition to going to her old auditions. At one point, the comedian made the former actress wear an ear piece and prank vendors.
However, it seems like the joke didn't go over well with TV host Lorraine Kelly. "It's a strange one isn't it, you're right — you wouldn't see Kate [Middleton] do that, but they are distancing themselves from the royal family. I think what she's trying to do with paid leave for parents is actually a really good thing," she said. "I think the sort of stunt didn't really work for me."
Meanwhile, royal expert Emily Andrews noted that Meghan, 40, had more of a personality when she appeared on the talk show.
"We often talk about the British sense of humor and the American sense of humor and maybe Meghan struggled slightly over here because she's very American, where celebrity and achievement is celebrated whereas in the U.K. we slightly have this tall poppy syndrome — you don't want to get too big for your boots," she said. "I think she has needed to reboot her image a little bit because some Americans, I've been told by friends out there, felt that her politicizing — cold calling senators about paid family leave."
"Look, the Americans fought a war to get rid of the British royal family. And now there's a member of the royal family campaigning," she continued, "One of the things Meghan didn't like when she was in the U.K. was the restrictions that being a member of the royal family gave her. I think many Americans will love this and will love the acting but has it worn off in America as well?"
Caitlyn Jenner also noticed that the TV star didn't seem down in the dumps. "I think Meghan is in an extremely difficult position. She's coming from out here in L.A. and meets the love of her life and goes back there and all of sudden she's in the royal family," she expressed. "I kind of had a royal family here in California, but nothing of the level she's dealing with. To be honest with you, I just think it takes time to see how you fit in."