Touching moment when Meghan Markle did deep curtsy before Queen's coffin and shed a tear
LONDON, UK: Meghan Markle was captured on camera doing a deep curtsy before the Queen's coffin on September 14. She was apparently spotted wiping away her tears after she left the Houses of Parliament, according to the Express. The touching moment occurred at the culmination of the funeral procession which was attended by her husband, Prince Harry, and other members of the royal family at Westminster Palace, where the monarch will lie in state until her funeral on Monday morning, September 19.
Throughout the procession, Meghan consoled her husband Harry who was seen wiping away his tears. The couple clasped hands as they left the church. Meanwhile, in a previous Oprah interview, Meghan discussed her surprise at needing to learn how to curtsy and how she ended up making a ‘really deep’ curtsy when she first saw the Queen at the Royal Lodge.
She said at the time, "I remember Harry and I were in the car, and he says, 'OK, my grandmother is there so we're going to meet her’ And I said, 'Oh great, I love grandmas.' [...] 'But, right, do you know how to curtsy?' I thought, genuinely, that was part of what happens outside. I thought that was part of the fanfare. I didn't think that's what happens inside, and I said, 'It's your grandmother.' He goes, 'It's the Queen.' That was really the first moment that the penny dropped that this wasn't easy.”
Meghan said she practiced curtsying with assistance of Harry and the Duchess of York, who had come out to see them, just before entering the palace to meet the Queen. "I learned it very quickly. Right in front of the house, we just practiced and then walked in. [...] I met her and, apparently, I did a very deep curtsy,” she remarked at the time. Because of their closeness with the Queen, Harry and Meghan also decided to name their daughter Lilibet after her childhood nickname.
The final journey of the Queen's coffin was from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where a 20-minute service was presided over by the Dean of Westminster and Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the brief service, Meghan traveled with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, while Prince Harry accompanied his brother, Prince William, as the Queen made her way from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. Eight members of Queen's Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, carried the coffin into the Hall while the King and other senior royals saluted them. The Queen's coffin will be lying in state for four days before her funeral on Monday, September 19.