The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan (née Markle), has only officially been a Brit (by marriage) for a month and a half, but she’s already settling in quite nicely. She’s been attending numerous public events with her husband, Prince Harry, as well as her grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II. She’s been picking up on the etiquette of the royal family and sprucing up her wardrobe with bold choices. But perhaps the most curious thing that’s happened in this new chapter of her life involves her accent — it’s changed.
On Thursday, BuzzFeed published some interesting findings that may indicate Meghan is already using her actor’s ear and is picking up some slight British affectations that are subsequently changing her accent. A video from June 14 (but which is just now getting traction across the internet) shows Meghan greeting and chatting with British citizens. The person taking the video, Aya El Zeiny, speaks directly to Meghan, and it’s during their exchange you can hear Meghan’s voice inflects upward, which is common with a British accent.
Meghan said my name, that’s me done😭 pic.twitter.com/167F2ubjUh
— Aya El Zeiny (@elzeiny99) June 14, 2018
Compare this to another video taken all the way back in January when Meghan was still fairly new to life as a well-to-do Brit, and you can hear that she still sounds rather American.
— Jack Royston (@Jack_Royston) January 18, 2018
Reactions have run the gamut from surprised to nonplussed because other Americans have done it in the past to excitedly embracing Meghan’s new lilt.
Meghan Markle speaking with a British accent now is WILDDDDD to me
— Leslie Knope (@MegSmith6xo) July 5, 2018
This is not nearly as bad as the madonna incident. Its very slight. shrugs off. flips hair. moves on.
— Dani Styles (@DineWithDani) July 5, 2018
In her defense when I head back home to TX my southern accent tends to get stronger. My ya'll tend to flow out a lot more when I get back to the Midwest. 🤷♀️
— Fran (@falba03) July 5, 2018
Just between us, we’re totally into this new accent, however slight it is. If anything, it’s a sign that Meghan is settling into her new life and feels comfortable in it — all good things in our book.