Prince Harry's pal shares insight into Meghan Markle's first awkward on-stage appearance

Meghan Markle and Neil Heritage

Meghan Markle's first royal speech was slightly awkward

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 29/10/2023

- 12:15

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in 2018

Prince Harry's close friend shared insight into Meghan Markle's first on-stage appearance as a royal, which ended up being slightly awkward.

Three months before she married the Duke of Sussex, Meghan made her first public speech at the 2018 Endeavour Fund Awards.

Unfortunately, the event did not go as smoothly as planned for the Duchess of Sussex's on-stage debut.

Meghan appeared to fumble through pieces of paper on stage beside her co-host Neil Heritage, as they both attempted to present the correct award.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle appeared to fluff up her lines on stage


The duchess ended up giggling to the audience until they both found the correct piece of paper.

David Wiseman, the director of the Invictus Games Foundation and a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, appeared on A Right Royal Podcast.

He described how he was the one responsible for Meghan's onstage accident.

He said: "I messed up at work! It was [Meghan’s] first time she'd spoken in public as the [future] Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan Markle and Neil Heritage

Meghan Markle attended the Endeavour Fund Awards in 2018


"I was writing the scripts and there was a last-minute request for a change from her team.

"But she got the old version, and the new version was sent to her co-host.

"They were there on stage, and they had two different versions of the script.

"I don't know if you remember, they were both sort of not arguing but saying no, this is the version, this is the version, and so there was a fluff of the lines in front of everybody on her first opening speech as the [future] Duchess of Sussex.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan wore a suit by Alexander McQueen


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"And I was just there in the front row, sitting next to Harry just like almost head in hands going ‘Oh, oh, just, just skip it, just skip it, move on, move on, move on.'"

Wiseman admitted that Meghan later kindly texted him to say: "David, it's M, honestly really don't worry about it!"

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex later stepped down from their position as working royals in January 2020.

They moved to Santa Barbara in California, where they now live in Montecito with their two children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.

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