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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II | Source: Getty Images
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle Speaks about 'Warmth with the Matriarch' in Tribute to Queen Elizabeth after Royal Family Conflicts

Olawale Ogunjimi
Oct 20, 2022
05:00 P.M.
  • Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth had a great relationship before the latter passed away.

  • Over a month after Her Majesty's demise, the Duchess of Sussex still has nice things to say about the late monarch and their bond.

  • Now, the Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry are focused on changing lives through charitable works.

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The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has granted her first interview since Queen Elizabeth's demise. Speaking for a cover story of the latest edition of Variety magazine, Markle opened up about the challenging period for the Royal Family.

She noted that amid the mourning, the public had showered her and her family with lots of love and support. In addition, the Duchess of Sussex made it known that being able to be by her husband, Prince Harry, to encourage and support him was something she was grateful for.

Meghan Markle greets wellwishers on a walkabout as they arrive for an engagement at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017, which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle greets wellwishers on a walkabout as they arrive for an engagement at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017, which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. | Source: Getty Images

Next, Markle spoke candidly about the legacy of the late monarch. Firstly, she described Her Majesty as "the shining example" of what female leadership looked like.

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Although saying goodbye to the Queen was a significant loss for her and the Royal Family, the former actress said she was grateful for spending time with the late monarch and getting to know her.

Besides discussing Queen Elizabeth's legacy, Markle shed more light on her relationship with Her Majesty. Like she had done over the years, the Duchess of Sussex praised the Queen for the love and support the latter always showed her.

Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Elizabeth II Conference Centre on April 18, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the Elizabeth II Conference Centre on April 18, 2018, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

She recalled an incident when Queen Elizabeth was accommodating and warm towards her. In the words of the former actress:

"I've reflected on that first official engagement I had with her, how special that felt. I feel fortunate. And I continue to be proud to have had a nice warmth with the family's matriarch."

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visits 1 World Trade Center on September 23, 2021, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visits 1 World Trade Center on September 23, 2021, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

The interviewer later asked Markle how she and her family as one entity had processed the loss. The Duchess of Sussex noted that they felt vitalized and ecstatic about the things they had worked toward. Markle added that her family's focus was the Archewell Foundation and other philanthropic works.

Inside Markle's Current Life with Prince Harry

Nearly two months after Queen Elizabeth passed away, Markle has opened up about what an average workday for her and her husband looks like.

Markle and Harry's charitable act gave the community hope, which experienced a mass shooting at an Elementary school that killed over 20 children and teachers in May 2022.

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Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring while they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. | Source: Getty Images

Britain's Prince Harry stands with his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle as she shows off her engagement ring while they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, following the announcement of their engagement. | Source: Getty Images

During the interview with Variety magazine, the Duchess of Sussex stated that it involved sharing an office. According to Markle, she and Harry had been working remotely, which had many advantages.

Being at home afforded the couple enough time to be in their children's lives. In addition, Markle could easily do wifely and motherly duties like making breakfast for the family and preparing the kids for the rest of the day. Markle further noted:

"We do a lot of joint calls and zooms, but also try to divide what we can focus our energies on so we can accomplish even more. My husband is in a 24-hour time zone where half of your life is waking up, and the other half is going to sleep."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day at Millennium Point in Birmingham on March 8, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day at Millennium Point in Birmingham on March 8, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Then, Markle proceeded to give details about snack breaks while working. When asked who took the most snack breaks, the Duchess of Sussex recalled what happened during a hectic day of back-to-back meetings.

The former actress noted that on that day, she and Harry drove to Los Angeles and tagged a lot of "chocolate chip cookies the size of my toddler's head."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak onstage during Global Citizen Live, New York on September 25, 2021, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Besides eating chocolate chip cookies, Markle confessed that she and Harry would frequently visit In-N-Out, the latter's favorite burger restaurant. The Duchess added:

"There's one at the halfway point between L.A. and our neck of the woods. It's really fun to go through the drive-thru and surprise them. They know our order."

When Markle and Harry are not working from home or taking snack breaks, the pair go out for philanthropy. For example, recently, the couple's foundation joined hands with Texas city and KABOOM! Foundation to build a playground in Uvalde, Texas.

Prince Harry leaves with Meghan Markle after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London on March 12, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry leaves with Meghan Markle after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London on March 12, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Markle and Harry's charitable act gave the community hope, which experienced a mass shooting at an Elementary school that killed over 20 children and teachers in May 2022. According to reports, the DeLeon Park Playground was built four blocks from the school where the shooting occurred.

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Following the project's completion, the mayor of Uvalde thanked Harry, Markle, the Archewell Foundation, and KABOOM! for giving the community members a way to unite and heal from the tragedy.

Prince Harry Helped Meghan in One of Her Darkest Moments

Markle has achieved a lot in every area of her life in the last few years, and Harry has played a big part in his wife's accomplishments. The Duke of Sussex had helped and encouraged Markle, especially during dark moments when she was close to giving up.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the One World Observatory as NY Governor Hochul and NYC Mayor Blasio along with them in New York City, United States, on September 23, 2021. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the One World Observatory as NY Governor Hochul and NYC Mayor Blasio along with them in New York City, United States, on September 23, 2021. | Source: Getty Images

On the October 11, 2022, episode of the "Archetype" podcast, Markle recalled when Harry offered her help while battling mental health issues. According to the Duchess of Sussex, her husband referred her to a professional.

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She reached out to the woman, telling her that she needed help. Markle encouraged her listeners to be honest about their mental health struggles and ask for help.

Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, embrace at The Invictus Games in The Hague on April 16, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, embrace at The Invictus Games in The Hague on April 16, 2022. | Source: Getty Images

Now, the Duchess of Sussex seems to be in a better place and is focused on giving her children a better life than she had. During the October 18, 2022, episode of "Archetype" podcast, the mom of two said she hoped her daughter, Lilibet, would possess certain qualities as she grows up.

According to Markle, she did not want Lilibet to be a "bimbo" — an attractive yet unintelligent person. She hoped her daughter would desire to be educated, smart, and proud of herself.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London on March 12, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London on March 12, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Markle explained that while working as a briefcase model on "Deal or No Deal," she understood what it felt like to be a pretty lady whose intellect was not valued. As a result, she wanted a better life for Lilibet.

The infant is only 16 months old and has a long way to go. Hopefully, with guidance from her parents, she will grow up to be the best version of herself.

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