EastEnders left some viewers confused on Monday night as the latest episode featured Kathy Beale gushing over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement news – just hours after it had been announced.
Prince Charles revealed the happy news earlier in the day, and show bosses reacted by rushing to film a special scene.
It took place in the cafe, where Shaki Kazemi – played by Shaheen Jafargholi – is rudely looking at his phone while trying to buy a drink from Kathy (Gillian Taylforth), and she asks him what is “so interesting”.
He replies: “Oh, nothing much … just some prince bloke marrying some actress.”
A surprised Kathy shouts: “What? Harry and Meghan? … Nothing much, you kids.”
Shaki then asks for his phone back and Kathy replies: “Yeah, it’s on the house,” and he walks off to his seat with the cafe worker still glued to the royal engagement news on his device.
But EastEnders’ efficiency left some viewers questioning whether their writers are in fact psychics.
One tweeted: “How are #EastEnders mentioning the royal engagement already. It was literally announced this morning.”
Another wrote: “how did eastenders just happen to know about Harry and Meghan’s engagement? #eastenders (sic)”
One wrote: “How did Eastenders know that the engagement was today #EastEnders (sic)”
Charles announced the couple’s engagement yesterday via the Kensington Palace Twitter account, ahead of a spring 2018 wedding.
Harry’s brother Prince William and wife Duchess Catherine were also delighted about the news.
They said: “We are very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”
In a joint interview with the BBC last night, Harry and Meghan revealed he popped the question when they were having a “cosy night in” cooking a chicken.
She said: “It was a cosy night, we were roasting chicken … and it was an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee.”
Harry added: “I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly … All the stars were aligned – everything was just perfect. It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life – I fell into her life.”
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