Meghan Markle gives surprise interview with Ellen DeGeneres

Meghan Markle has given a new TV interview – this time to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The show’s Ellentube.com website said: “The activist and co-founder of Archewell will chat with Ellen about growing up and returning to California, as well as her New York Times bestselling children’s book The Bench.”

DeGeneres had earlier released a trailer on her Twitter account, and said the Duchess of Sussex would be appearing on The Ellen Show on Thursday US time.

The high-profile interview comes eight months after the Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell chat with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan and the Duke of Sussex accused an unnamed member of the royal family of racism during their controversial talk with Winfrey.

They also said the institution of the monarchy failed to support the duchess when she had suicidal thoughts, and spoke of Harry’s strained relationships with the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

In the trailer for the Ellen Show, the duchess, chatted about how she used to drive to the same Warner Brothers site for auditions but that it was “very different” then. She said she would drive her “very, very old” Ford Explorer Sport and the key stopped working in the driver’s side door.

“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,” the duchess said.

Asked by DeGeneres if anyone saw her, Meghan replied: “No, I would play it off. I’d go like, ‘Oh, I’m just looking for my resume and my highlighters or my script’.”

DeGeneres wrote on Twitter: “A lot has changed since the last time Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, was on the Warner Brothers lot. Don’t miss the rest of our interview tomorrow.”

DeGeneres is a friend of Harry and Meghan’s and has called them “the cutest couple, so down to earth”.

She previously defended them when they faced criticism after taking a series of private jets.

“I mean I can’t tell you how sweet they are. But the most important thing is I got to hold Archie. I fed Archie. I held Archie,” she said after meeting the Sussexes’ son in 2019.

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