Meghan Markle mocked the practice of curtsying and bowing as a sign of respect to the Sovereign in her Netflix series. But a newly-surfaced clip on TikTok shows her solemnly performing the gesture at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in September 2022.
The Duchess of Sussex performed the movement along with Queen Camilla, Kate, Princess of Wales, Princess Charlotte and Sophie, the then-Countess of Wessex in front of the late monarchs' coffin as it filed past Westminster Abbey.
As The Royal Observer previously reported, Meghan's claims about curtsying in the reality show may not have been completely accurate. This is due to an old clip that shows her dropping a deep dip in front of Elizabeth II's car in December 2018. In the series, the Duchess claimed that her first mark of respect to the late Queen was like dining at "Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament" — a popular, themed restaurant chain in the United States.
Although she performed the gesture well, perhaps it was merely due to her acting skills, since she poked fun at the protocol in the show. She observed, "'Pleasure to meet you, your Majesty, was that OK?' It was so intense," while outstretching her arms in what amounted to a comical version of a bow.
But the Duchess' curtsy to the late queen's casket garnered praise from many. In the comment section of the video, one commentator shared, "Meghan and Kate did a very deep and respectful curtsy, love them for that," while another pointed out, "Why [are people] laughing at Meghan’s she’s doing a deep curtsy same as Catherine; I can’t see what’s wrong with it."
Meghan never got an opportunity to hone her technique as a royal princess and duchess, due to only being a working royal for roughly 20 months before "Megxit" in January 2020.
The Montecito royal has not been back to the United Kingdom or appeared with the royal family since the widely-viewed burial service on September 19, 2022.
It is currently unknown if she will ever return due to several controversies since her last visit.
Newsweek reported on the TikTok clip.