Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth on Thursday made their first appearance together since the Royal Wedding on May 19.
Queen Elizabeth And Meghan Markle Have First Outing Together
Markle, the 36-year-old Duchess of Sussex and the Queen attended several events in northwest England.
The Queen wore a bright green suit, while Prince Harry‘s actress wife donned a beige Givenchy pencil dress.
“I’m very happy to be here,” said Markle, who confirmed this was her first visit to the north of England.
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The Queen’s former press secretary, Charles Anson, told People magazine that engagements like this one are simply the monarch’s way of helping the American actress and model become accustomed to life as a royal.
“It is the way of the royal family — all part of the training and getting used to being in public life and under public scrutiny,” Anson said. “Showing people the ropes is a high priority for the queen.”
People said the pair on Thursday spoke to planners, architects and community figures for the opening ceremony of Mersey Gateway Bridge.
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The duo will also reportedly visit the Storyhouse in Chester, where they are scheduled to meet with a Syrian settlement group and spend time with locals at the town hall.
Weeks before the royal wedding, reports started surfacing that the royal family had been having trouble warming up to Markle, partly due to her alleged lack of respect and understanding for the British monarchy’s longstanding traditional rules and customs. However, People reported that Queen Elizabeth’s trip with Markle happened sooner than the one the former went on with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton after she married Prince William.