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Meghan Markle recalls her struggling actor days in new 'Ellen' interview

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, chats with Ellen DeGeneres

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, chats with Ellen DeGeneres on the comedian's daytime talk show. The episode airs Thursday. Credit: Warner Bros. / Michael Rozman

In her first daytime-TV interview since marrying Britain's Prince Harry in 2018 and becoming Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle appears on Thursday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where she recalls her time as an actor auditioning on the same Warner Bros. studio lot as that program.

In a promotional video released Wednesday, the Duchess, 40, tells DeGeneres, 63, that she would park in a remote space on the 110-acre lot and then walk to the main area, where she would be greeted by security personnel offering a traditional actors' encouragement.

"What was so nice," she says, "was the security guards here would always say, 'Break a leg! We hope you get it!' So the drive in today was very different," Markle joked of arriving as a VIP guest.

Her vehicle in those days, she remembers, "had a life of its own. So I had this very, very old Ford Explorer Sport," a sport utility vehicle, "and at a certain point the key stopped working on the driver side, so you couldn't get yourself in through the door. So after auditions," and having parked in the relatively quiet back of the parking lot, "I would open the trunk and climb in, and then pull it shut behind me and crawl over all my seats to get [in]. That's how I would come to and fro!" She adds, "I know — it was not ideal!"

When DeGeneres asks if anyone would comment on her climbing in through the back, Markle replies lightheartedly, "No, I would play it off. I would go, like, "Oh, I'm just looking for my resume and my highlighters and my script. Oh, maybe it's back there,' and then crawl in and close it. … The things we do!"

Markle and Prince Harry, who are parents to son Archie, 2½, and daughter Lili, 5 months, were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special," which aired March 7, and Markle was seen via FaceTime briefly as a gag during her husband's Feb. 25 appearance on CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden."

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