Behaving like a royal doesn’t come naturally. There’s lots of strange rules to follow. Members of the Crown don’t simply wake up one day with all the royal etiquette knowledge. So before Meghan could truly embody her duchess title, she took a class to whip her table manners into tip-top shape. Here’s a look into the 2-hour Meghan Markle tea party lesson in preparation for her first meeting with the Queen.
According to The Daily Mail, Meghan consulted Edmund Fry—a London native, etiquette expert and owner of the Rose Tree tea room in Pasadena, California. In the time they spent together, Fry covered how to properly hold a fork and drink tea, among other dining behaviors with supposedly more “proper” versions of themselves.
“She enjoyed it so much that she wanted to come back,” Fry told The Daily Mail.
Before they dove into their lesson, Fry sensed that Meghan did not possess the true “love of England” he expected of her. But that quickly changed after she paid him a visit. “I think she fell in love with England when she came to Rose Tree Cottage,” he stated.
Fry also expressed his dismay over modern ignorance on proper table etiquette. “The younger generation doesn’t know what bone china is,” he told The Daily Mail, “and certainly don’t know anything about how to handle a cup and saucer, or how to handle a knife and fork.”
But that’s exactly what The Rose Tree aims to cure. “[When] you come to a place like Rose Tree we don’t pretend to be urban here. We bring something that you cannot find in England anymore, because we really care about our customers,” Fry said.
This isn’t the only class Meghan took to prepare for her newly dubbed duchess title. Shortly after Meghan and Harry married, the Queen issued one of her senior aides the duty of teaching the new duchess proper royal behavior. The aide, Samantha Cohen, fiercely nicknamed “Samantha the Panther,” closely trained Meghan for 6 months. She also dedicated herself to guiding Meghan and Harry for their first year of marriage.
We’re happy Meghan took the initiative to formally acquaint herself with royal table manners before meeting her mother-in-law. It just goes to show how thoughtful she’s been while transitioning from her glamorous life as an actress to her new elegant life as a duchess!