Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance on The Ellen Show in the former actress’s first major TV interview since her notorious Oprah tell-all alongside Prince Harry and amid fears that she may be preparing to drop more bombshells about the royal family. During the interview, she continued championing for paid family leave, promoted her children’s book and shared what Harry thinks about California. Click through to read everything the Duchess of Sussex had to say during her daytime talk show appearance…
ON PAID FAMILY LEAVE: Meghan shared that she thinks people forget or don’t know that the US is one of six countries in the world that does not mandate and have a federal paid leave program. She continued: ‘Everybody knows, especially if you have had a child and even if you haven’t, you know how hard it is and how critical it is in those first few weeks if not months to be together as a family. And the fact that we don’t offer that here is something that now as a mom of two, I will do everything that I can to make sure that we can implement that for people.’
ON HALLOWEEN: Meghan shared that, this Halloween, she and Harry ‘wanted to do something fun for the kids’ but the kids were not into it. ‘Archie was a dinosaur for maybe five minutes. Still not even five minutes, Harry talked him into putting the head on,’ Meghan shared. ‘But Lilibet was a skunk and it was so cute. She was the flower from Bambi.’
ON CALIFORNIA: When Ellen asked Meghan how the former royal is adjusting to life in The Golden State, the duchess shared that he loves it. Meghan shared: ‘We moved here during lockdown so everything was shut down, so we have been able to spend a lot of time at home and creating our home, but it’s a lifestyle and the weather is pretty great. We’re just happy.’
ON LILIBET: Meghan shared that the couple’s newborn, Lilibet, who was born on June 4, is a good sleeper, but she is teething. ‘So, any mom will understand where you go, they may be the best in the world, but the moment that is happening, you have so much sympathy, so yes, I am up most of the night,’ Meghan shared.
ON HER CHILDREN’S BOOK: Meghan shared the story about how her book transpired from a poem she wrote for Harry on his first Father’s Day. ‘It was about my observation of him (Harry) and him being a dad, which was the most beautiful thing to watch.’ She continued: ‘Once it was shared with a couple of friends and people that we were close with, they said, “No this resonates for me too because it feels really inclusive and there’s representation and it’s just like a sweet love story between a family”, and so I said, “OK let’s turn it into a children’s book.”‘
Unfortunately for the duchess, when the book was released in June, The Bench was slated by critics as a ‘vanity project’ on the day of its release – with one calling it a ‘bland self-help manual for needy parents’. Meghan dedicated the book to Prince Harry and Archie, saying they make her heart go ‘pump-pump’, and wrote alongside a picture of a father and son playing with toy dinosaurs: ‘When life feels in shambles, you’ll help him find order.’
ON HER SECRET NIGHT OUT WITH PRINCESS EUGENIE: Meghan shared that one Halloween, before she and Harry announced their relationship to the world, he visited her in Toronto with ‘our friends and his cousin Eugenie and now her husband, Jack … and, the four of us snuck out in Halloween costumes to just have one fun night on the town before it was out in the world that we were a couple.’ She continued: ‘It was a post-apocalypse theme, so we had all this very bizarre costuming on, and we were able to just have one fun final night out.’
ON AUDITIONING AT WARNER BROS LOT: Meghan shared a story about her early acting days, when she was driving a ‘very old’ Ford Explore Sport that had a key that eventually stopped working on the driver’s side. ‘So, you couldn’t get yourself in through the door, so, after auditions, I would park at the back of the parking lot and I would open the trunk and climb in, pull the door shut behind me and crawl all over my seats to get out.’ She continued: ‘That’s how I would come to and fro. I would park on gate three and I would scoot on over and the security guards here would always say “break a leg, I hope you get it”. So driving today was very different.’
ON SELLING SCRUNCHIES IN GRADE SCHOOL: The duchess gave insight into her early entrepreneurial days. ‘My mom would take me down to downtown LA where all the fabrics are, you can buy them really affordably, and I would get some of the remnants, and I would buy the elastic and tied the knot and I had a sewing machine, and I made scrunchies and sold them at school, this is when I was at elementary school.’ She continued: ‘It was a thing at the time and I guess they are back now, people are wearing scrunchies again.’
ON BIG BROTHER ARCHIE: While speaking of her and Harry’s happy life in California, Meghan confessed that becoming parents to two children has not been without its struggles. She told Ellen that Archie ‘loves being a big brother’ to her daughter Lili,’ but added that: ‘Someone told H (Harry) and I that when you have one kid it’s a hobby, and two children is parenting. Suddenly we realized, “Oh right…” Everyone talks about what it’s like for the second child but no-one talks about the adjustment for the first child when the second one comes along. ‘I think they have that moment of, “Oh, this is fun, oh, this is how it is now.”‘ She also shared a photo of Archie taking care of chickens in the family’s coop.
ON WHEN MEGHAN MET ELLEN: During the interview, DeGeneres and Meghan spoke about their chance encounter at an animal shelter some years ago, where Ellen encouraged Meghan to adopt her first dog, Bogart. Meghan shared she and Ellen were at the shelter around Christmas time, and Ellen looked at Meghan and said, ‘are you getting that dog? You have to take it home. And I said well if Ellen says I have to take it home I’m getting this dog.’ Today, Harry and Meghan have two dogs, Pula and Guy.
ON MEGHAN’S CHILDHOOD HAIRCUT: Meghan also revealed taunting she received as a kid after attempting to replicate actress Andie MacDowell’s ‘perfect curly haircut’ in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. The duchess shared: ‘[But] it was as though everyone forgot to tell me that, “You have ethnic hair, you’re not going to look like Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral.”‘ While Meghan may not have been given any advice prior to her haircut however, she explained that her peers at school were quick to call out her new ‘do, with some even telling her that she more closely resembled Krusty the Clown, a curly-haired cartoon from The Simpsons. ‘I go to school and they said I look like Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons. It was a real bummer, but I had a whole vibe happening,’ she joked.
During her surprise appearance on the final season of Ellen’s talk show, the duchess also stepped outside of the studio to pull a prank on a trio of vendors, which saw her forced to do and say whatever the talk show host told her to via a hidden ear piece. Meghan swigged milk from a baby bottle, sang a kitten song, and danced to ‘hot, hot, hot’ while partaking in the goofy prank.
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