The Windsors may have won a legion of fans, but Kathryn Drysdale doesn’t think the Channel 4 comedy will earn her an honour from the Queen.
Drysdale, 35, told the Standard: “I don’t think [we’ll be getting honours], but I just don’t want them to be offended. I hope they laugh because they must know it’s not real.
“I’ve heard that Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have watched it. Every time my episodes have been on Meghan’s been in the country so I always think, ‘Would she have watched it while she’s here?’
“I hope that she would laugh and just take it in her stride and be flattered that she’s finally being fictionalised. She’s made it!”
The St Trinian’s actress, who studied Markle’s social media accounts and her blog “The Tig” to get into character, said she hopes Markle won’t hate her for her “far-fetched” portrayal, but said she might take offence at her caricature’s fashion sense.
Drysdale said: “She would be so mortified with the costume though. Ours is very LA-like, when she was in Deal Or No Deal — crop tops and Californian sunshine denim ripped jeans — so I think she’d be like, ‘No, I don’t wear that any more’.”
The show’s second series saw Harry, played by Richard Goulding, introduce Markle to his family. His sister-in-law Pippa Middleton, played by Morgana Robinson, set about devising plans to wreck their relationship.
The real-life Harry and Markle have been dating for over a year and are rumoured to be getting engaged.
Drysdale praised Harry for “breaking boundaries” and hailed Markle as a “role model”. She said: “Harry is dating a mixed-race woman. For me that is breaking boundaries, even though it shouldn’t be, and if they married I’d be thrilled.
“What a role model Meghan could be for younger children in that you can be any ethnicity, you can work hard and become a royal as opposed to being born into the bloodline. She’s worked very hard to get where she is. And they actually look like they’re really in love.”
The Windsors Complete Series One & Two DVD Boxset is released on August 28.