Royal chef who held Harry as baby dismantles Meghan-Diana comparison

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The late Queen’s former personal chef has said that Prince Harry’s comparison of Meghan Markle to Princess Diana during the couple’s new Netflix documentary is inaccurate. Darren McGrady, who was the chef for Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes’ William and Harry for fifteen years, added that he had a special insight into the moment where Meghan joked about having to curtsy to the Queen during the new series.

Prince Harry has often referenced the public spotlight placed on Princess Diana by the media as one of the key reasons why he feared for Meghan’s wellbeing when she began to befall the same treatment.

This even extends to her personality, with Harry commenting in the documentary: “So much of what Meghan is and how she is, is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion, she has the same empathy, she has the same confidence. She has this warmth about her.”

But Mr McGrady cited his own experience of Princess Diana when he shot back: “Prince Harry, with respect sir, your wife will never be like/similar to your mother. I knew Princess Diana for 15 years. Not even close.”

In the show, the Duchess performed a recreation of her curtsy at the time, extending her arms wide and bowing her head dramatically towards the floor. As she rose from the position, she added: “Pleasure to meet you, Your Majesty.”

Many commentators have observed that Harry seemed uncomfortable as Meghan spoke, appearing bemused and glancing away.

It was the same for Mr McGrady, who tweeted: “I’ve known Harry since I held him as a baby while Princess Diana was eating cereals in the kitchen at Windsor Castle. The look on his face when his wife laughs about (having to) curtsy to The Queen says everything for me.”

Body language expert Jesús Enrique Rosas similarly observed Harry’s apparent displeasure at Meghan’s behaviour, saying via Twitter: “Whoa. Harry really didn’t like the curtsy mocking.”

His opinion was echoed by royal author Gyles Brandreth, who told Talk TV: “It’s embarrassing because it is mocking. Nobody curtsies to the Queen like that and nobody would have advised her to do it that way.”

He added: “To do this sort of mocking thing is uncomfortable, but it is a cultural difference. It’s like you would do a curtsey if you were playing in Snow White.”

Meghan also described the moment Harry told her she was about to meet the late Queen.

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The Duchess explained: “I didn’t know I was going to meet her until moments before. We were in the car and we were going to Royal Lodge for lunch, and [Harry] was like, ‘Oh, my grandmother is here, she’s gonna be there after church.’

“We were in the car, driving and he’s like, ‘You know how to curtsy, right?’ – and I just thought it was a joke.”

After the Queen left, Meghan revealed Princess Eugenie and her now husband Jack Brooksbank had assured her she did “great”.

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