Meghan Markle may be the Duchess of Sussex nowadays, but she still wants her friends to call her “Meg”.
On Saturday (19 May), Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in a star-studded royal wedding ceremony, thus becoming the new Duchess of Sussex.
And, naturally, her friends were more than a little perturbed about how they should address the Suits star after her nuptials.
One person asking that question was Meghan’s long-time friend and make-up artist, Daniel Martin, who helped create her bridal beauty look on her special day.
“I asked her that. ‘Do I bow to you? I don’t want to disrespect you, but I’ve known for almost 10 years. What’s up?’” Martin told People.
“She started laughing and she said, ‘I’m always going to be Meg. Meg.’”
Martin added: “Next time I see them I will be respectful and know my protocol. But Meg is always going to be Meg, that’s how it is!”
Martin went on to reveal that the atmosphere on the morning of the royal wedding was very relaxed, partly thanks to Meghan playing “1950s, chilled music” via Spotify.
“She didn’t seem nervous. She was very cool, she was regular Meghan,” he shared. “I think we were nervous, but we didn’t want to make her nervous so it was very chilled.”
He added that it wasn’t until they arrived at Windsor Castle, and saw the crowds of people gathered there, that they realised the magnitude of the event.
“Nothing really hit any us until we got there and we saw the people and the magnitude of everything,” he said.
“The last thing we said to each other was, ‘We’ll see you on the other side.’”
A few days after the royal wedding furore had died down, Martin shared a sweet Instagram post (see below), in which he thanked Meghan for letting him play such an important part in her special day.
“My dearest Meghan,” he wrote. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a part of such a memorable day, not only in your life, but in history.
“It was just like old times playing dress up and I’m looking forward to our next play dates together. Cheers to love my friend!”
While she may be “Meg” to friends and family, Meghan should be addressed as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex by pretty much everyone else, following confirmation that Queen Elizabeth II bestowed a dukedom upon Prince Harry as a wedding gift.
As previously noted, the only previous Duke of Sussex was married twice, but neither marriages were considered lawful by his father George III.
This means that Meghan is the first woman to lawfully use the title, HRH The Duchess of Sussex.