Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Palmer Royal Correspondent

THE Duchess of Sus­sex pro­claimed Prince Harry “the best hus­band ever” and de­scribed the joys of mar­ried life as the Queen took her un­der her wing on their first joint royal en­gage­ment yes­ter­day.

Meghan looked en­tirely at ease as she was given a royal mas­ter­class by the Queen in Cheshire.

They gig­gled like naughty school­girls at times as Meghan whis­pered in the Queen’s ear dur­ing vis­its to Run­corn, Widnes and Ch­ester, af­ter a slow jour­ney to the North­west on the royal train.

And the Queen sure-foot­edly de­fused a mo­ment of con­fu­sion as they pre­pared to get into her Bent­ley at Run­corn sta­tion when Meghan was un­sure who should get into the ve­hi­cle first.

“What is your pref­er­ence?” she asked the Queen. “You go first,” said the monarch. “Oh, OK,” said the Duchess.

Dur­ing a walk­a­bout in Ch­ester, Meghan said of mar­ried life “it is won­der­ful. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it” to Sharon Briscoe, 61, who had trav­elled from Chirk in Wales. “I said to give our love to Harry and to look af­ter him,” Mrs Briscoe said. Meghan, 36, replied: “I will do. That means an aw­ful

lot to us. He’s the best hus­band ever.” The monarch is known to make new roy­als feel re­laxed. Kate Mid­dle­ton laughed and joked with her when she made her first pub­lic en­gage­ment with the Queen in Le­ices­ter in 2012, al­most a year af­ter her wed­ding to Wil­liam.

The Queen, in a Ste­wart Parvin out­fit and Rachel Trevor-Mor­gan hat, joined mourn­ers across the UK in wear­ing Green for Gren­fell to mark the first an­niver­sary of the west Lon­don blaze.

Meghan wore a be­spoke pen­cil dress by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy and pearl ear­rings that were a present from the Queen.

As the Queen and Meghan opened the new £1.8bil­lion Mersey Gate­way toll bridge be­tween Run­corn and Widnes, about 50 pro­test­ers op­posed to the £2 toll waved plac­ards. The royal pair watched chil­dren from lo­cal schools per­form a dance show cel­e­brat­ing 1,000 years of cross­ing the river and Meghan told their coach An­drew Cur­phey: “The chil­dren did great.” Mr Cur­phey said: “She was re­ally calm, con­sid­er­ing it was her first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment with the boss.”

In Ch­ester, a group of teenage girls skipped school to see the Queen and Meghan – and ended up speak­ing to them. Maryam Khan, Kate Richards and Hen­ri­etta Hal­li­gan brought flow­ers for the Queen and a let­ter for Meghan say­ing how in­spir­ing she was. Maryam, 15, said: “We skived off school for this. We have been here for six hours. But it was com­pletely worth it.”

Meghan is of mixed race and Maryam is the third gen­er­a­tion of a fam­ily from In­dia. Maryam added: “It has brought di­ver­sity to the Royal Fam­ily. She is a role model, a hu­man­i­tar­ian.” The Firm’s new star may have given up be­ing a TV ac­tress, but if she ever misses the drama, she met some­one who might be able to help – Brook­side, Grange Hill and Hol­lyoaks cre­ator Phil Red­mond.

Red­mond joked: “I won­dered if she wanted a part in Hol­lyoaks. She will have to go through the au­di­tion process like ev­ery­one else.”

Meghan and the Queen at Run­corn sta­tion

The Queen with Kate in Le­ices­ter in 2012

Cheery across the Mersey...Meghan and the Queen open the new cross­ing

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