Meghan Markle will sit down with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday for her first talk-show appearance since the Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, officially exited the British royal family earlier this year, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” revealed Wednesday.
Yes, yes, she and Prince Harry had that bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview. But that was a primetime special, and this is a weekday talk show — the final season of DeGeneres’ weekday talk show, to be exact — something the “Suits” alum has not done since she quit acting.
In a sneak peek from Markle’s “Ellen” interview, which you can view above, Markle recalls her auditioning days on the Warner Bros. Studios lot, the longtime home of “Ellen,” and the very awkward way she used to get out of her old car.
“You said the last talk show you did was like, I don’t know, another decade ago,” DeGeneres told Markle, who married Prince Harry in 2018, to which Markle replied, “Yes.” “But you used to come to this lot to audition all the time?”
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“Oh my gosh, completely,” Markle said. “I would park at Gate 3 and then I would scoot on over. And what was so nice is the security guards here would always say, ‘Break a leg! We hope you get it!’ So the drive in today was very different,” she said, with a laugh.
Yeah, we imagine coming to the Warner Bros. Studios lot as the wife of Prince Harry and mother to Queen Elizabeth II’s great grandchildren, Archie and Lilibet, is definitely not the same one you get when you roll up in an “very, very old” Ford Explorer Sport for your umpteenth audition of the month.
“And at a certain point, the key stopped working on the driver side, so you couldn’t get yourself in the door,” Markle recalled. “So after auditions, I would park at the back of the parking lot and I would open the trunk and climb in and then pull it shut behind me and crawl over all my seats to get out. That’s how I would come to and fro.”
Did anyone ever see the former royal doing this?
“No, no, no I would play it off. I would be like, ‘Oh, I’m just looking for my résumé and my highlighters for my script. Oh, maybe it’s back there!’ And then just crawl all the way.”