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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new documentary arrived on Netflix on Thursday (December 8) and contained no shortage of gossip-worthy moments.
In the second episode of the six-part series, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recalled the first time Meghan met Queen Elizabeth II, with the story leaving viewers cringing.
"Now I'm starting to realise this is a big deal," Meghan said, remembering the lead-up to the historic meeting.
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"Americans would understand this. We have Medieval Times, dinner and tournament. It was like that.
"Like, I curtsied as though I was like…" she said before dramatically bowing to the cameras as a bemused Harry watched on.
"Pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty," she joked.
Some viewers at home weren't pleased with the scene, however, claiming it would have the late Queen turning in her grave.
"Our late Queen and Philip will be turning in their grave at this," one tweeted. "The 'fantasy recollection' of Markle curtsying to our late Queen, what an ABSOLUTE INSULT to Her memory."
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Another added: "These two are an utter disgrace. The late Queen will be turning in her grave," while a third said of the curtsy: "I’ve only seen this clip and was embarrassed. The queen would be turning in her grave."
Not everyone was quite so enraged by the tale, however, with fans of the Sussexes saying Meghan was poking fun at herself, not the Queen.
"Insane people attacking Meghan Markle for laughing at her own poor attempt at a curtsy," one wrote. "She was mocking HERSELF and your attacks are just proving her and Harry's point! I loved the queen but I would butcher a curtsy and laugh about it afterward, too."
Another agreed: "All the people and right-wing media who go round calling everyone else snowflakes are now outraged because Meghan Markle did a little self-deprecating joke about not knowing how to curtsy the Queen. It's absolutely mental what these people get irate about…"
Harry explained in the episode that he sympathised with Meghan, knowing his formal family dynamics would be strange to somebody from such a different background.
"How do you explain that to people?" he asked.
"How do you explain that you bow to your grandmother?
"And that you would need to curtsy, especially to an American, that's weird."
And the Queen wasn't the only one who Meghan was nervous to meet – she recalled the first time she was introduced to Prince William and Kate Middleton and realised that the formality between the royals isn't just an act, but continues behind closed doors.
"Even when Will and Kate came over and I had met her for the first time… they came for dinner," Meghan recalled.
"I remember I was in ripped jeans and I was barefoot.
"I was a hugger, always being a hugger. I didn't realize that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.
"I guess I started to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried through on the inside. That there is a forward-facing way of being. And then you close the door and you are like, 'Oh, great. Okay, we can relax now.'
"But that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me."
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The documentary is the latest in a series of interviews, books and podcasts the couple have released since stepping down as working royals in January 2020.
The pair have previously accused the Royal Family of racism and of failing to protect them from the invasive paparazzi, which they claim prompted their infamous exit from the Firm.
The second batch of episodes will be released on December 15.
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