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Paul O'Grady warned Meghan Markle against 'riling' Queen with Americanisms


Paul O’Grady has spoken about the time he gave Meghan Markle some advice about how to speak to The Queen before she married into the Royal Family.

The 65-year-old comedian, who is back on ITV with his beloved show, For The Love Of Dogs, has said that he warned the Duchess of Sussex of using “too many Americanisms” when speaking to Her Majesty.

The TV personality wrote in the TV Times after Meghan married Prince Harry in 2018, that he had spoken to the former Suits actress and given her some pointers before she embarked on royal life.

Paul has had friendships with members of the Royal Family for many years and he has said that the Queen was “easy to get on with” and “likes a good laugh”.



Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke out in their tell-all interview with Oprah
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke out in their tell-all interview with Oprah

The popular performer also shared with Meghan a few tips about what to avoid, so that she didn’t “rile” Her Majesty.

His main advice to the Duchess when dealing with The Queen was to “be totally honest with her” as she is a “straight-talking” person, which seems rather ironic after the Duchess had her tell-all interview with Oprah.

Paul said that he advised Meghan that it could ’cause a divide’ if she used too many ‘non-UK words’ and that she should “try to avoid too many Americanisms”.

He wrote: “Always remember to say ‘lavatory’, not ‘bathroom’, otherwise you will really rile her!”



Paul O'Grady gave Meghan Markle some advice
Paul O’Grady gave Meghan Markle some advice

Paul has previously praised Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, for showing “a lot of guts” by being a prominent royal since marrying Prince Charles.

The former Blankety Blank host said that Camilla could have chosen an easy life and “could have sat there watching daytime telly” instead of being a working royal.

It was reported that Camilla carried out 81 royal engagements last year even though there were restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.



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