Eight months after Meghan Markle’s bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex has made another rare TV appearance—this time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

© Youtube/TheEllenShow Meghan Markle takes swig of milk in a baby bottle during prank with Ellen DeGeneres

It marks Meghan’s first daytime talk show interview since joining the royal family and it’s perhaps her most entertaining media appearance in a while.

While her light-hearted conversation with Ellen featured significantly less shocking reveals, viewers saw Meghan in a way we hadn’t been able to before—playful, carefree, and undeniably happy.

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Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

Meghan dishes on Prince Harry as a father and says it ‘is the most beautiful thing’

The Duchess of Sussex gushed about her husband while discussing the inspiration behind her children’s book The Bench.

“I wrote this originally just as a poem for my husband on Father’s Day and it was about my observation of him and him being a dad, which is the most beautiful thing to watch,” Meghan told DeGeneres

Meghan shared that the poem eventually evolved into the idea of releasing a book at the urging of the couple’s friends, who said that the “sweet love story” resonated with them and could work as a children’s book.

She also reflected on some of the attributes she loved about Harry as a father such as the “softer side of masculinity, the softer side of fatherhood,” while she also noted that it was important for her to make sure that “everyone could see themselves in these pages”.

The couple’s daughter, Lilibet, has started teething

A new exciting milestone for the family! Meghan revealed that 5-month-old daughter Lilibet has started already teething, and as a mother, it’s been difficult to watch her child be in pain.

Meghan said she wanted to do “anything to relieve that” pain for baby Lili.

Ellen then joked, “Tequila, anything,” to which Meghan responded, “That’s Auntie Ellen for you.” The talk show host then quipped, “That’s why I don’t have kids.”

Playing a prank with Ellen

A signature game of The Ellen DeGeneres Show typically involves getting the guest of the day to play a prank on an unsuspecting stranger. Surprisingly, the Duchess joined in on the fun and blindly followed instructions as given by Ellen as the host secretly tells her what to say and do via an earpiece.

Meghan pls😭💀


— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TvKhaleesi) November 18, 2021

The prank involved Meghan nonchalantly visiting a market and stopping at a stall to shop for crystals. And then things got weird. As directed by Ellen, Meghan began to do a series of hilarious acts from closing her eyes as she holds a crystal to her head, chanting to taking a swig of milk from a baby bottle to even devouring a chip like a chipmunk—leaving the vendors very confused.

Comedy gold 💀💀💀#MeghanMarkle on #Ellen I can’t!!! pic.twitter.com/Z6CSthDrcg

— Depass1 (@Depass111) November 18, 2021

Meghan Markle swigs from baby bottle and nibbles food like a chipmunk on Ellen’s show

On her acting career

Long before she was royalty, Meghan had a whole other life as an actress in Hollywood. Speaking to Ellen, she looked back fondly on her visits to the Warner Bros lot where Ellen’s show is taped, but back then her trips to the legendary lot looked very different: she was there for auditions.

“The security guards would always say: ‘Break a leg! We hope you get it!’ So the drive-in today was very different,” Meghan said.

Meghan also reflected on her old car that she used to drive to auditions, saying she had a “very, very old Ford Explorer Sport” that had a “life of its own”. In fact, her vehicle was so worn down, she admitted she had to crawl inside from her trunk because the door’s lock was broken.

Meghan Markle reveals she and Harry secretly snuck out to a Halloween party the night before their relationship went public

One last hurrah. Before the world found out about her budding romance with Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had one last night on the town with Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank.

“The four of us snuck out in Halloween costumes to just have one fun night on the town before it was out in the world that we were a couple,” she said.

Meghan shared that they were dressed in “very bizarre” costumes to fit the Halloween party’s post-apocalyptic theme, making them unrecognizable.

“We were able to just sort of have one final, fun night out,” she says

On her ethnic hair and how it prevented her from copying Andie MacDowell’s haircut

Meghan hilariously recalled her hair disaster as a kid that resulted in her looking like Krusty the Clown. At the time, she had attempted to copy Andie MacDowell's haircut from the iconic 90's movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.

As Ellen quizzed Meghan on a children's book she wrote as a child for school, titled "A Face Without Freckles is a Night Without Stars,” a hand-drawn self-portrait of Meghan with a cropped curly haircut was included inside the book.

"This is what I looked like," Meghan laughed. "And the reason why my hair looked like that then was because I was obsessed with Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

“All I wanted was that perfect little curly haircut. So I asked my mom and we went to the hairdressers and got it."

The Duchess said that while she initially felt “amazing” with her new hairdo, she quickly realized it looked nothing like MacDowell’s.

"It was as if everyone had forgotten to tell me, 'You have ethnic hair, you are not going to look like Andie MacDowell'," Meghan joked, adding: “And when I got into school they told me I looked like Krusty the Clown from the Simpsons."

Shares new picture of Archie

The proud mother of two also shared a new rare photo of her 2-year-old son where his bright red hair (just like dad!) is on full display. The pic shows Archie standing in the family's chicken coop wearing an adorable pair of Peppa Pig-themed Hunter rain boots. In his hand is an empty basket, which he presumably used to collect the eggs from the family’s hens.

Meghan just shared a new photo of Archie feeding the family chickens on @TheEllenShow: pic.twitter.com/vQW8xc1bhk

— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall) November 18, 2021

"He's so sweet with the chickens, too," said DeGeneres. "Archie is just such a gentle soul."

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