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Watch Meghan Markle Speak Filipino During a Royal Tour in Edinburgh

She greeted a Filipino couple who caught the surprising moment on video.

A video of Meghan Markle was posted by Jenny Ulay on Facebook, showing Markle greeting Filipino fans in the vernacular. The video was reuploaded by Malcolm S Conlan and has since gone viral.

This took place during the official royal tour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Edinburgh, Scotland, where they visited Edinburgh Castle; Social Bite, an organization focused on ending homelessness throughout Scotland; and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Of course, the royal couple also mingled with fans who greeted them on the streets, including several Filipinos.


Ulay, who's lived in Norwich for three years, tells Town & Country Philippines, "[My husband and I] booked a tour of Edinburgh Castle weeks before knowing that Prince Harry and Meghan would visit. We waited about 20 minutes for them. Luckily, Meghan was on our side during the walkabout." As for her impressions of the royals, Harry was very "posh and tall" while Meghan had a "huge smile for everyone. Very simple and nice."

When Markle spoke Tagalog, Ulay was extremely shocked. "I didn’t expect it at all," she says. The Filipino couple have been royal fans for quite some time. "My husband and I [make it a point] to visit all the historic castles in the U.K. because of the storied kings and queens." After meeting the royals, Ulay says the crowd proceeded inside the castle to witness the One O'Clock Gun firing.

The video showed the surprised fans after Markle greeted them in Filipino, saying “Salamat po! (Thank you).” 

“Wow, so impressed with soon to be Princess, Meghan Markle, fiancé of HRH Prince Harry, making the effort to speak in Tagalog, during their walkabout in Edinburgh,” said Conlan’s caption.

Meghan Markle grew up in Los Angeles, California where a large number of Filipinos live. Coconuts reported that Markle once wrote this in a post on her defunct blog The Tig: “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 like it’s nobody’s business, and you’ll occasionally hear me toss out a 'Salamat po' conversationally.” 

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