Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance on Ellen DeGeneres

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In her first TV interview since her bombshell sit down with Oprah Winfrey alongside husband Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has made a surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The Duchess of Sussex sat down with the embattled talk show host for an episode that will air in the US on Thursday, producers of the daytime show confirmed with a Tweet and a promo clip on Wednesday.

Meghan Markle on The Ellen Show
Meghan Markle has sat down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Photo: Warner Bros

"A lot has changed since the last time Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, was on the Warner Brothers lot. Don’t miss the rest of our interview tomorrow," The Ellen Show tweeted.

In a teaser clip shared head of the show, Ellen said: “You said the last talk show you did was like I dunno another decade ago but you used to come to this lot to audition all the time.”

To which Meghan responded: “Oh my gosh, completely! I would park at gate three and then I would scoot on over and what was so nice is the security guards would always say, ‘Break a leg, we hope you get it’.”

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The former Suits star, who gave up her acting career when she married Harry in 2018, also shares an anecdote from when she was starting out as an actress in Los Angeles.

“I had this very old Ford Explorer Sport and, at a certain point, the key stopped working on the driver’s side, so you couldn’t get yourself in through the door," she told Ellen.

"So after auditions, I would park at the back of the parking lot and I would open the trunk and climb in, pull the door shut behind me and crawl all over my seats to get out. That’s how I would come to and fro.”

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The former Suits star talks about her acting career. Photo: Warner Bros

It will be Meghan's first visit to a television talk show since becoming a member of the British royal family.

Meghan and Ellen have reportedly been friends since a chance meeting at a dog shelter in 2012. Her appearance comes on the show's final season, after Ellen announced her talk show will end after 19 seasons in 2022, noting that "it's time" for her to move on.

The decision came amid slumping ratings following allegations by former and current staffers that The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been a toxic place to work.

Though the Emmy award winner insisted her decision to bring the curtain down had nothing to do with allegations against the show.

Meanwhile, since quitting their royal duties and moving to California in 2020, Meghan and Harry have largely restricted their public outings to charitable events or conferences that promote the work of their Archewell foundation on issues ranging from disinformation in the media to women, hunger and mental health.

They have also signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify to produce their own TV shows and podcasts.

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