Meghan Markle's Staff Says She Picked Up a Slight British Accent After Living in the UK for Two Years

Meghan Markle picked up a bit of a British accent during the two years she spent living in the United Kingdom and reportedly says "dahling" a lot now.

  • After living in the United Kingdom for two years, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) has reportedly picked up a slight British accent.
  • A source told The Sun that Meghan's staff at the Sussexes' (opens in new tab) new home in Montecito, California have noticed the accent and say Meghan also uses British slang.
  • Her favorite Britishism is reportedly "Oh, dahling," which everyone around her finds adorable.

The Sussexes might be living stateside now, but Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) is still carrying something with her from her two-year stint in the United Kingdom: An accent.

Obviously, Meghan (opens in new tab) doesn't have a full-on English accent, but she did pick up at least a little bit of British flair during her time living in the U.K. with Prince Harry (opens in new tab).

The bit of intel comes courtesy of an insider who says Meghan's staff (opens in new tab) at the Sussexes' new home in Montecito (opens in new tab), California have noticed the accent and kind of love it. And it's not just the accent; Meghan also reportedly uses more British terms. Her fave: "Oh, dahling." 

"Meghan was the all-American girl before she met Harry, but since living in the UK she’s adopted certain phrases," the source said, according to The Sun (opens in new tab). "Her staff think it’s amusing to listen to an American celebrity using Britishisms. She’s often heard saying, 'Oh dahling,' to people at home."

If that sounds absolutely delightful to you, you're not alone. Meghan's staff (opens in new tab) is just tickled by it, apparently.

"They do have a giggle about it and sometimes they do impressions of her but only in a light-hearted way," the source continued. "It’s funny to them."

The staff is also pretty obsessed with Harry's accent though, and the royal insider predicts he'll start to pick up some American vernacular the longer he lives in the U.S., too.

"The staff there love to hear Harry’s accent, too. They adore him. He’s very well-mannered and staff were shocked by how down-to-earth he is as a royal. He just wants to live a more normal life now in California and enjoy family time," the source said. "No doubt he’ll start to pick up Americanisms soon and will be asking staff to take out the trash."


Kayleigh Roberts
Weekend Editor

Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.