Meghan Markle has revealed the death of Queen Elizabeth II was “a complicated time” for her and her husband Prince Harry, as she reflects on the legacy the late Monarch left behind.
The feuding Royals put on a show of unity during the official funeral processions, coming together to pay their respects to the late Queen and thank the grieving public for their condolences.
In an interview with Variety, Meghan Markle said she was “grateful” she could be by her husband’s side as the family mourned, offering her support following the death of his grandmother.
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“There’s been such an outpouring of love and support. I’m really grateful that I was able to be with my husband to support him, especially during that time,” Markle said.
“What’s so beautiful is to look at the legacy that his grandmother was able to leave on so many fronts. Certainly, in terms of female leadership, she is the most shining example of what that looks like.
“I feel deep gratitude to have been able to spend time with her and get to know her.
“It’s been a complicated time, but my husband, ever the optimist, said, ‘Now she’s reunited with her husband’.”
Upon reflection of her relationship with Her Majesty, the Duchess of Sussex said she felt lucky to be given the opportunity to know the beloved Monarch.
“I’ve reflected on that first official engagement that I had with her, how special that felt. I feel fortunate,” she said.
“And I continue to be proud to have had a nice warmth with the matriarch of the family.”
Markle said that she and Harry had decided to use the newfound perspective that the loss of the Queen bestowed on them to focus on continuing to build their foundation.
The controversial Royals are set to release a documentary on their life, with the former Hollywood actress “trusting” their story to be told accurately.
“It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story — a seasoned director whose work I’ve long admired — even if it means it may not be the way we would have told it,” Markle said.
“But that’s not why we’re telling it. We’re trusting our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their lens.”