Meghan Markle Reportedly Refused to Speak French as Prince Harry Teased Her at Canada House in London

Meghan Markle, known for her bilingual abilities, recently graced London’s Canada House alongside her husband to express their gratitude for the country’s hospitality over the holidays.

As their six-weeks holiday getaway from royal duties hit a wrap, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Canadians with a moment to remember as the Royal couple extended words of appreciation to their host country.

While addressing a small group, Harry teased his wife’s language prowess, suggesting she address the crowd in French, one of the country’s official languages, but the royal mother was uninterested in showing off her bilingual skills.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smile during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smile during their visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada | Photo: Getty Images

MEGHAN DECLINES TO SPEAK FRENCH

Having majored in french for six years, the language was considered one of the Duchess’s strengths. However, the royalty declined Harry’s suggestion with a horrified “No” and continued in English as she said:

“I want to say happy new year, and thank you, as my husband said, my goodness it was just such an incredible time we were able to have there and with our son too.”

The shock of the Prince’s request did nothing to hinder the mother of one from voicing out her fantastic speech, as she went on about the beauty of Canada and how much their warm reception meant to them.

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In Tembisa, Johannesburg, today The Duke and Duchess visited to meet young entrepreneurs at the YES hub - a hive for creativity and social enterprise. Their visit was an amazing tour of the ingenuity and opportunity – seeing businesses that varied from food to essential sanitary products for local women. During their visit, they were able to sample food from ‘Chef Mish’ - a local masterchef winner - which he makes at the site as part of his catering business and cafe. They then joined YES community members to take part in training and tests that will help them gain skills and find work. On the third stop today, entrepreneur Moss showed The Duke and Duchess the organic produce he's growing in the township with aquaponics - supplying local restaurants. And finally, The Duke and Duchess met the women behind the amazing Blossom Care Solutions - who are making 80,000 sanitary pads every month for women in their community. They are 100% compostable, and provide an essential low-cost product for women and girls. The Duchess has long campaigned on this issue and wrote in Time magazine in 2017, saying: “In communities all over the globe, young girls’ potential is being squandered because we are too shy to talk about the most natural thing in the world. To that I say: we need to push the conversation, mobilize policy making surrounding menstrual health initiatives, support organizations who foster girls’ education from the ground up, and within our own homes, we need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation.” • See our previous post to see The Dukes speech #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica Photo ©️ PA images

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THE FIRST PUBLIC OUTING OF THE YEAR

The Royalties’ visit to the Canada House would mark the couple’s first official public appearance of the year, and they made the most of it as a family, first stopping by at the Hubb Community Kitchen, before heading to the Canada House.

They also graced an art exhibition by Kawennati, a Canadian artist, and then proceeded to discuss with members of the country’s High Commission team to discuss some of the “common priorities and values” shared between Canada and the royalties.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex view a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex view a special exhibition of art by Indigenous Canadian artist, Skawennati, in the Canada Gallery during their visit to Canada House | Photo: Getty Images

THE ROYALTIES SPEAK UP ABOUT THEIR AMAZING CANADIAN GETAWAY

As the holiday jitters still linger, the Sussex Royals still relish every moment spent in the country. During a chat with employees at the government house, the Royal parents shared their experiences, including enduring long periods of rainfall. 

One of the employees shared:

“Meghan said it was beautiful. They seemed really relaxed and happy.”

The Canadian indigenes also had a lot of positive remarks about the Royalties, referring to them as beautiful, positive, and friendly, with no reservations about the Duchess’ refusal to communicate in French.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House in London, England | Photo: Getty Image

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex depart Canada House in London, England | Photo: Getty Image

THE PERFECT END TO A 6-WEEKS FAMILY TIME

It can be recalled that in November last year, the Sussex royals revealed their plans to spend the holidays away from England.

Although they did not immediately reveal their vacation destination, the couple hinted a possible North-American vacay, as they shared intentions to spend the break with Meghan’s mother, Doria.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon Reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship | Photo: Getty Images

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit the British High Commissioner's residence to attend an afternoon Reception to celebrate the UK and South Africa’s important business and investment relationship | Photo: Getty Images

The break from royal duties was Meghan and Prince Harry's first family getaway since they welcomed their son, Archie. 

As the adventurous holiday comes to an end, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to take up Royal duties once again, resuming another busy year.

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