This is the awkward moment Meghan was ushered into a car by the Queen – after first offering to let the monarch go first.
The Duchess of Sussex joined her grandmother-in-law in Cheshire for their first joint engagement on Thursday, and after stepping off the royal train at Runcorn they were promptly escorted towards a waiting car.
But in this footage captured by an onlooker, the pair appeared to share a moment of confusion, as Meghan, 36, first offers to let the Queen get in first – before suggesting they switch round.
It is believed that Meghan may have offered to let the 92-year-old go before her so that she was best positioned to exit on the pavement side when the vehicle comes to a stop.
After arriving at the station shortly after 10.30am the pair were escorted towards the car, with footage suggesting Meghan was told to go in before the Queen – before the monarch, apparently oblivious, went in ahead.
A flustered Meghan then steps in to suggest she go in first, prompting the 92-year-old to stand back, before settling into her seat where an aide covered her with a blanket to keep warm.
The awkward exchange comes as Meghan continues to adjust to life as a full-time royal.
Last weekend, the Duchess was seen looking to her husband for reassurance as she joined senior royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour flypast.
According to Mirror Online, a lip-reading expert has claimed that Harry asked his wife if she was OK during a private exchange between the newlyweds, to which she anxiously responded: ‘Yeah’.
Etiquette: An aide appeared to be telling Meghan to get into the car first as the pair approached the vehicle
Confusion: But Meghan then stood back after she noticed the Queen was going in first
Meghan steps in to ask the Queen whether she should get into the car before her instead
Dream team: The Duchess of Sussex joined her new grandmother-in-law in Cheshire for their first joint engagement, and after stepping off the royal train at Runcorn
Confusion: It appears Meghan was told to let the Queen get into the car first, but after the Queen went in ahead she later stepped in and suggested she get in first
A short while later, Meghan appeared to admit she was feeling ‘nervous’ as she made her balcony debut in front of huge crowds who had gathered on The Mall to catch a glimpse of the royals.
In another moment captured on camera, Meghan appeared to discreetly ask Prince Harry, 33, whether it’s time to curtsy as Queen Elizabeth arrives.
In the video, Meghan, still smiling and looking ahead, appears to mouth ‘Do it?’ in direction of her husband, who seems to reply ‘Yes’ before promptly bowing his head.
The duchess, standing right behind Kate Middleton and next to Harry, then curtsies along with the rest of the royal family as a sign of respect for the 92-year-old monarch.
Protocol dictates that royals must curtsy in front of the queen when they see her for the first time of the day.