Meghan Markle has done a lot to endear herself to the public since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry last November, but her latest appearance — which she handled like a pro, despite an awkward moment onstage in front of a large crowd — may be her most charming yet.
Markle was as poised and elegant as ever as she and her fiancé, Prince Harry, attended last night’s Endeavour Fund Awards recognizing former military servicemen and women and their achievements in rebuilding their lives after being injured in the line of duty. The former Suits actress even stepped up to present an award while Harry watched from the front row of a packed room.
But things didn’t exactly go as planned.
Presenting with former serviceman Neil Heritage, Markle announced the award they were there to give out, then stepped back to let him take over. That’s when things went a little awry.
“Thank you so much, and good evening. I’m truly privileged to be here. The second prize of the evening is awarded to an individual who has endeavored to achieve excellence in their chosen sport or adventurous challenge,” she began.
What followed was a prolonged, awkward silence, as Markle and Heritage scrambled to figure out what they were supposed to say next. As the future royal tried to help by pointing to where she thought the next line might be, her onstage partner shuffled through some papers before explaining, “We’ve got different notes.”
It seems the duo ended up with scripts that didn’t quite match. But instead of stressing out, Markle and her new pal just smiled and laughed their way through the mistake as they diligently worked together to sort out the situation.
After nearly a full minute of shuffling papers and comparing notes, they finally worked things out and were able to present the award for “Celebrating Excellence in Their Chosen Sport or Adventurous Challenge” to Daniel Claricoates. It may have taken a little extra time, but we’re sure it was totally worth the wait for Claricoates to hear his name called. (Plus, now he has a funny story that involves a charmingly sweet future member of the royal family.)
Watch Meghan Markle handle the giggle-worthy blunder below.
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