Meghan Markle has been roasted on social media for saying she thought being requested to curtsy to Queen Elizabeth II was a “joke” as a video of her shut buddy Serena Williams performing the gesture for the monarch seven years earlier has been shared on-line.
Meghan described being requested to curtsy to the queen by Prince Harry forward of her first introduction to Elizabeth in 2017 within the couple’s Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, which debuted in December.
“I remember in the car driving up and he [Harry] said, ‘You know how to curtsy right?'” Meghan advised viewers. “And I just thought it was a joke.”
The digital camera then minimize to Harry, who stated: “How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother and that you will need to curtsy? Especially to an American, like, that’s weird.”
After this, Meghan re-enacted a dramatic medieval-style curtsy, which earned her criticism on the time of the present’s launch for being insensitive to British customs.
Curtsying is a conventional type of reverence provided to royalty in Britain, although there isn’t a official requirement for it to be provided by members of the general public. For members of the royal household, although, there may be an expectation that they curtsy to the monarch upon first greeting them after which saying goodbye.
In a newly resurfaced video being shared on-line, retired tennis professional Serena Williams, 41, is seen performing a curtsy for Queen Elizabeth when the monarch visited the 2010 Wimbledon Championships in London.
The video, uploaded by TikTok person ladybrownshugar, has been considered greater than 1.5 million instances and has the caption: “Shocking! Even Meghan’s American bestie Serena knew how to curtsy to the queen,” with an extra line studying, “no excuses please!”
Williams and Meghan have a longstanding friendship, affirmed in 2022 when the duchess invited the tennis star to seem within the inaugural episode of her Archetypes podcast.
The pair are reported to have met in 2014 throughout a charity sports activities recreation, with Meghan later writing on her private weblog The Tig: “We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing and chatting—not about tennis or acting, but about good old-fashioned girly stuff.”
In the Archetypes interview, Williams and the duchess mentioned their friendship, with the tennis star revealing she sought recommendation from each Meghan and Prince Harry when making the choice to retire professionally.
Many commenters on the TikTok video of Williams’ curtsy to the queen have roasted Meghan over her earlier docuseries claims.
“That curtsy story of hers was really unbelievable. Unless yeah she lived in the mountains or something,” wrote one TikToker.
“Anyone that doesn’t know has been living under a rock,” posted one other.
Despite this, quite a few TikTok commenters additionally posted within the protection of the duchess.
“Meghan could’ve been extremely nervous and forgotten things, remember yall this is a world leader,” wrote one, with one other including: “She didn’t think that was a real thing in private 🙄 she thought being a grandmother came before being a queen.”
Meghan carried out quite a few public curtsies to Queen Elizabeth II throughout her lifetime, first throughout a Christmas service in 2017, then once more at her 2018 marriage ceremony to Prince Harry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England.
The final curtsy the duchess carried out in public was in September 2022 through the queen’s state funeral when her coffin left Westminster Abbey in London for St George’s Chapel.
Newsweek approached representatives of Meghan Markle and Serena Williams for remark.
James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s royal reporter primarily based in London. You can discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and browse his tales on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook web page.
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