The modern day love story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has just been written with last weekend's exchange of I do's. As all eyes focused on the royal couple fittingly for their wedding day, what not many people might know about the picture-perfect pair is how they spent their childhood around Filipino influences!
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See, the lovely bride Meghan Markle doesn’t just know Tagalog—she can also cook a mean adobo! During her royal tour with the prince, the Suits star greeted fans by thanking them in Filipino. And she once wrote on her now defunct blog, "Growing up in LA, with its melting pot of vast and varied cultures, I was no stranger to the Filipino community. I can whip up a big pot of chicken adobo (marinated chicken) like it's nobody's business, and you'll occasionally hear me toss out a 'Salamat po' conversationally."
On the other hand, Prince Harry and Prince Williams’s nanny when they were growing up was a Filipina named Lillie. She has the privilege of being the only Filipino invited at Prince William’s wedding! Their closeness showed when the Prince gave his old nanny a kiss and introduced her to his newly wedded wife Kate. Lillie even recalled how at the wedding reception when Prince Harry tapped her on the shoulder, she got up to curtsy to him but he stopped her. He asked her to sit and gave her a kiss on the cheek instead!
It's no wonder many of us found ourselves enamored by the newly-weds—they've got that sense of Filipino warmth and charm goin'!
While the rest of us Filipinos must resign to the fact that we can’t witness this historic union in person, we can feel the next best thing to invited by tuning in to review shows. TLC, for example, is showing Harry & Meghan Said Yes, featuring panelists that include Say Yes to The Dress rockstar Randy Fenoli!
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