We know that before Meghan Markle became an official member of the royal family, she worked really hard to get familiar with all the traditions and etiquette that come with the territory. Now, Edmund Fry, a London-born etiquette expert, is showing people just how far she went to really understand her role. He recently told the Daily Mail that just before Markle met with Queen Elizabeth II, she sought him out for two-hour tea lessons that included everything from proper fork handling to the exact way to sip tea.
Apparently, Markle met with Fry right before she moved to London. "She enjoyed it so much that she wanted to come back," Fry told the publication. "The younger generation doesn't know what bone china is and certainly don't know anything about how to handle a cup and saucer, or how to handle a knife and fork…. They come to us mainly to find out, 'What should we do, as we are having this social event?' The same sort of thing happened with Meghan. She knew she would be having tea with the Queen."
According to the report, Markle didn't make the reservation herself or under her own name. A friend did it for her at Fry's Rose Tree Cottage tea room in Pasadena, California.
The Daily Mail had previously said that one of the queen's most trusted aides, Samantha Cohen, had helped Markle with other pieces of royal protocol once it became clear she was going to marry Prince Harry. Apparently, Markle underwent "six months of listening" and learned all about different rules, like when to curtsy.
Meghan Markle is now back in the spotlight after her a few months of maternity leave, so we'll get to see her pull off even more royal duties and show everything she's learned about being a duchess.
Originally Appeared on Glamour