Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are happily settling into married life. The Duchess of Sussex opened up about her marriage on Thursday, June 14, during an away day trip to Cheshire with Queen Elizabeth. “It is wonderful,” Meghan told a well-wisher. “I’m really enjoying it.” She added, “[Harry’s] the best husband ever.”
VIEW GALLERY The Queen and the Duchess arrived to Cheshire via the royal train Photo: Peter Byrne - WPA Pool/Getty Images
The former American actress traveled to northwest England with Her Majesty via the royal train — a rare privilege afforded to Meghan. Harry’s wife and grandmother appeared to be in great spirits upon their arrival to Runcorn Station. The outing marked the Suits alum’s first engagement sans her husband, whom she married less than one month ago.
For her milestone as a Duchess, Meghan wore a bespoke cream cape dress that featured a fitted pencil skirt by Givenchy — the same fashion house behind her wedding gown. She completed her look with pantyhose and a Givenchy leather bag. Meanwhile the 92-year-old monarch sported a vibrant coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan.
VIEW GALLERY The royal women shared a sweet moment laughing Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
The pair were on hand to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge, where they were introduced to architects, planners and community representatives. The Queen and Duchess were given the chance to view the bridge, before enjoying a performance by local school children called Bringing Communities Together: Halton's River Crossings Over the Ages. The royals shared a sweet moment laughing, while sitting next to each other.
Her Majesty and Meghan observed the national silence in memory of the people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire disaster last year. Later in the day, the duo visited Storyhouse, which is a theater, library and community hub. They took a tour of the building to visit the children’s library and met a group of Syrian women refugees working on handcrafts.
VIEW GALLERY Meghan and Her Majesty enjoyed performances during their trip Photo: Phil Noble - WPA Pool/Getty Images
The 36-year-old and the Queen also watched a performance titled Drop in the Ocean, in addition to a performance by Fallen Angels, a dance theater company for people recovering from addiction. The Queen remarked: "Wonderful. That must help." Prince William’s grandmother unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of Storyhouse. Meghan and Queen Elizabeth will also attend a lunch at Chester Town Hall.
Last year during her post-engagement interview, Meghan opened up about meeting Her Majesty for the first time saying, “It’s incredible. I think to be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch but the love that he has for her as his grandmother, all of those layers have been so important for me." She added, "When I met her I had such a deep understanding and, of course, incredible respect for being able to have that time with her, and she’s an incredible woman."