Meghan Markle has revealed that she was compared to Simpson’s character Krusty the Clown as a child after trying to recreate actress Andie MacDowell’s “perfect curly haircut” in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.
The 40-year-old mother of two opened up about her ‘obsession’ with Andie, now 63, during a surprise appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show on Thursday, in which she also shared insight into her ‘happy’ family life with Prince Harry and their two children, renewed her call for mandatory paid family leave in the US and discontinued her children’s book, The Bench.
It was during a conversation about the book that Meghan spoke of the taunts she received from her high school peers in Los Angeles after trying to style her “ethnic hair” in the same way as Andie’s character from the 1994 British rom-com.
After telling her friend Ellen, 63, of her reasons for writing The Bench – which was based on a poem she wrote for Prince Harry on Father’s Day – the Duchess was questioned about another self-illustrated book she had written as a child, a face without freckles is a night without stars.
Talk show host Ellen pulled a page from the book that featured a self-portrait that Meghan had drawn, then questioned the Duchess about her hairstyle in the “self-illustration.”
‘It really sucked!’ Meghan Markle revealed she was compared to The Simpsons character Krusty the Clown in high school after trying to replicate Andie MacDowell’s hair
The 40-year-old told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview that she was “obsessed” with Andie, now 63, as she shared photos of herself sporting the actress’ haircut (pictured)
When she was “ten or 11,” Meghan cut her hair to copy the style Andie modeled in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral, but said it only looked like the actress’ “do” on the first day’
“Let’s talk about your hair,” the TV personality continued, and Meghan forced Meghan to explain the inspiration for her “do:” this is what I looked like when I was ten or eleven, and the reason my hair looked looks like this, was obsessed with Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral.
“All I wanted was a perfect little curly haircut, so I went to the hairdresser and got it.”
While the Duchess noted that her new haircut looked “amazing” the first day after her haircut, she admitted it didn’t last long.
“On that first day, I thought, ‘This is great, I look like Andie MacDowell,'” she recalled, sharing a childhood image of herself with the curly “do.”
‘[But] it was like everyone forgot to tell me, “You have ethnic hair, you’re not going to look like Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral.”
While Meghan may not have been given advice prior to her haircut, she explained that her peers at school were quick to call her new “do,” with some even telling her she looked more like Krusty the Clown, a curly-haired woman. cartoon from The Simpsons.
“I go to school and they say I look like Krusty the Clown from The Simpsons. It sucked, but I had this whole vibe,” she joked, revealing another photo of her modeling the hairdo, prompting Ellen to reassure her: “You look like you’re embracing it.”
“It was like everyone forgot to tell me that, ‘You have ethnic hair, you’re not going to look like Andie MacDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral,'” Meghan said of how her hair changed
The Duchess said her peers at school ‘told her she looked like Krusty the Clown’ after she cut her hair short
“It was really a bummer, but I had a whole vibe,” she joked
Meghan was raised in Los Angeles by her mother Doria Ragland (pictured) and her father Thomas Markle
Meghan was raised by her parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, in Los Angeles, where she attended private elementary and high schools on the Emmy-winning father of $200,000 a year.
She began her education at the private elementary school, Hollywood’s Little Red Schoolhouse Nursery, which she attended from her sophomore year, before advancing to the $9,412-per-semester Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
Self-illustration: Her comments came after Ellen asked Meghan about her hairstyle in a self-portrait she featured in a book she wrote when she was a child (pictured)
She went on to attend Northwestern, a university in Illinois that would have cost $24,000-$28,000 a year in tuition when Meghan was there from 1999-2003.
The childhood anecdote was just a small part of Meghan’s soap-soft interview with her longtime friend Ellen.
During her nearly hour-long appearance on the talk show, the Duchess also shared her family life with Harry, 37, and their two children – five-month-old Lilibet and two-year-old Archie, as she shared a never-before-seen photo of her. son feeding his chickens in their $14 million Montecito mansion.
Meghan also took the opportunity to renew her calls for mandatory paid parental leave in the US, telling Ellen she will do “anything possible” to change policies for millions of Americans.
The Duchess recently caused controversy by calling senators unsolicited on their private phones and using her royal title to urge them to vote for paid leave. She previously wrote a letter to Congress asking that it consider introducing paid leave.
Missouri Republican Representative Jason Smith, who has previously convicted Meghan of meddling in American politics, even suggesting she should take her title away from using it to gain political influence.
During the interview, Meghan also shared a never-before-seen image of her two-year-old son Archie feeding the chickens at their $14 million Montecito mansion.
The Duchess also shared her ‘happy’ family life with Prince Harry and their two children as she spoke to Ellen
Meghan told Ellen, “I think people really forget, or don’t even know that in this country, it’s one of only six countries in the entire world and the only wealthy nation in the entire world that doesn’t have a mandate and a federal paid leave program.
“Everyone knows, especially if you’ve had a child and even if you haven’t, you know how hard it is and how important it is to be together as a family in those first weeks, if not months.
“And the fact that we don’t offer that here is something that I now, as a mother of two, will do everything I can to make sure we can implement that for people.”
Her statements came amid reports that Democratic Senator Kristen Gillibrand has faced “outraged” reactions from her colleagues for giving Meghan their private cell phone numbers so she could lobby them for paid family leave.
Meghan also promoted her children’s book The Bench, which she wrote as a poem for Harry on Father’s Day, and revealed how son Archie dressed up as a dinosaur for Halloween, while her five-month-old daughter Lili was a “little skunk like Flower from Bambi.”
Meghan spoke about how she spent the party with host DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi — her neighbors in the famed California enclave of Montecito.
But Meghan said two-year-old Archie and his little sister “didn’t like” Halloween at all, with Archie only staying in his costume for less than five minutes.
The high-profile appearance of the former actress comes eight months after the Sussexes’ controversial sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, which left the royal family in crisis.