Meghan Markle didn't have any formal training when she joined the royal family

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Meghan Markle didn't have any formal training when she joined the royal family
Meghan Markle in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.CBS
  • Meghan Markle had no formal training on how to be a royal before marrying Prince Harry.
  • There was no official guidance, she told Oprah Winfrey in a tell-all interview.
  • Markle googled the British national anthem and learned church hymns herself, she said.

The Duchess of Sussex received no formal training on how to be a member of the royal family prior to joining.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey in the tell-all interview that aired in the US on Sunday night, Meghan Markle said she was not given any advice on how to conduct herself as a duchess.

When Markle first joined the royal family, she told them she was "dedicated" to it, but "there was no guidance."

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"There were certain things that you couldn't do," she said. "But, you know, unlike what you see in the movies, there's no class on how to speak, how to cross your legs, how to be royal. There's none of that training. That might exist for other members of the family. That was not something that was offered to me."

Markle told Winfrey that no one had prepared her or told her what to expect, so she took it upon herself to learn the British national anthem and hymns sung in church services.

"Even down to the national anthem. No one thought to say, 'Oh, you're American. You're not going to know that,'" Markle said.

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So she googled the national anthem and learned various hymns "late at night" ahead of a televised service because she didn't "want to embarrass them."

"We were doing the training behind the scenes, because I just wanted to make them proud," she said.

Markle also told Winfrey that Prince Harry taught her to curtsy just before her first meeting with the Queen.

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"I learned it very quickly," Markle said. "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 added.

A representative for Buckingham Palace didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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