Here’s How Meghan Markle Won Over Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip

Prince Philip meghan markle prince harryBritain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry (R) arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of one of her first official meetings with the royal family, actress Meghan Markle indirectly channeled her on-screen persona, Rachel Zane, by researching her future in-laws ahead of the potentially nerve-wracking encounter.

The Express UK reported Thursday, March 29, that the Suits star, who’s set to marry Prince Harry, “got on” particularly well with her fiancé’s grandfather, Prince Philip, at the family dinner in Sandringham over the holiday season. The publication reports that the Duke of Edinburgh, in fact, warmed up rapidly to Markle’s confidence.

“The reason he liked her was because she was very bold,” a source told the paper. “Meghan asked a lot of questions, about Philip’s side of the family and his connection to Greece.”

Markle, like any good conversationalist, learned of the Duke’s family lineage, which is part-Danish and part-Greek. In fact, Prince Philip was born on the island of Corfu, Greece, and into the Greek and Danish royal families. In 1947, he relinquished his royal titles in both countries when he married Queen Elizabeth.

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“Was she told to say that by Prince Harry? I don’t know,” the same source told the publication. “But she got really involved in the conversation.”

Of course, Markle’s relationship with other family members is seemingly on equally solid footing. Just a few weeks ago, the star joined the Queen at Westminster Abbey for an official engagement. “His family has been so welcoming. On both sides of the family. His mom’s side as well, which has been really good to me,” Markle previously noted in her interview with BBC last November. “We’ve had a really nice time getting to know them.”

Harry shares an especially close relationship with the Queen. “The love that he has for her as his grandmother… all of those layers have been so important for me,” Markle added at the time. “She’s an incredible woman.”

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Esther Lee
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