NOTICE | Meghan Markle’s stint on the Ellen Show is another attempt to convince us that she’s not like her in-laws – and we could buy her
Meghan Markle attends the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
I was subconsciously browsing Instagram when a video of Meghan Markle chatting with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres caught my eye.
“Really… Another interview? And on daytime television from all places?” I thought.
So much for leaving the royal family to lead a discreet lifestyle. On the contrary, it seems the Sussexes have gone out of their way to make sure the world sits down and listens whenever they have something to say.
But whether you admit it or not, the couple have captivating star power, and any glimpse they offer into their lives awaits us eagerly.
So of course, I watched every clip of Meghan’s appearance on The Ellen Show that I could find (the episode has yet to air in South Africa).
That’s a far cry from having sat down with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year.
Meghan looks relaxed and cheerful.
This conversation is easier to digest than the important topics she explored with Oprah and this time the anecdotes she shares make her accessible because they are so relevant.
If Meghan is trying to sell us the idea that she’s just like any other devoted wife and mother, that’s an argument we buy into.
“I love to cook,” she tells Ellen of herself and her Thanksgiving plans with Harry.
“We’ll be home and kinda relax and settle in. It’s our second Thanksgiving home in California, so it will be nice.”
She shares how much two-year-old Archie enjoys being Lilibet’s (five-month-old) big brother and admits having a second child has been a game-changer for her and H, as she calls her husband.
“When you have a kid it’s a hobby and two kids are parents,” she tells Ellen.
If her tales of normalcy aren’t enough, she offers us humorous self-mockery stories (because the ability to laugh at yourself is the ultimate clue to emotional intelligence, right?).
Meghan (40) was a preteen obsessed with Andie McDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral when she decided to have her hair cut curly like the actress in the film.
But because she has “ethnic hair,” she “looked like Krusty the Simpsons clown.”
She also reminds us that the lavish lifestyle she leads now was not her reality a few years ago.
The doors on the old Ford Explorer Sport that she used to get for acting auditions stopped working and because she was a broke and struggling actress – we read between the lines here – she had to get creative instead of fixing the mess.
“I parked in the back of the lot and opened the trunk, then got in and closed it behind me and crawled all over my seats to get out. This is how I came and went.
Translated freely, what she actually says is: I am like you!
But just in case she hasn’t fully convinced us that she traded the stiff upper lip of royal life for the freedom of the City of Angels, Meghan is almost stunned as she takes part in a prank for the show.
Her performance is hilarious, sometimes scary but undeniably entertaining.
A producer of the show poses as an executive assistant named Pwamma of the Duchess. Pwamma sincerely asks vendors that when Meghan is browsing their stalls, “she just wants to be treated normally”.
A revealing request, isn’t it?
Putting on an earpiece and eagerly following Ellen’s instructions, Meghan crouches down, introduces herself as “mum” and takes a sip of milk from a bottle as the puzzled vendors watch her.
The eight-minute clip ends with Meghan wearing kitten ears and chanting, “I’m a kitten. Meow meow meow. “
As expected, I found the comments section of the various clips posted on Instagram teeming with opinionated viewers.
There were some criticisms, “I thought she wanted to keep her privacy.” But most typed what I thought as they watched her chat: she’s a happier Meghan than the one we’ve seen lately.
Back in Hollywood – and with the blinding California glow to prove it – Meghan is in her element.