Ever since it was announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were stepping down as senior members of the royal family , questions have been raised about the status of the couple’s relationship with “The Firm”’s head honcho, Queen Elizabeth. And with poor Meghan being publicly blamed for the shock exit, dubbed Megxit, and their move to Hollywood, we can’t imagine her maj was very impressed with her grandson’s new wife. Fast forward a few months, and all hell broke loose when Meghan granted a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey , offering a rare glimpse into her time as a royal. And as we all know, she didn’t paint a very pretty picture. 7 people Meghan Markle ‘ghosted’ during her rise to royalty But before all this drama, it seemed like the queen and Meghan were well on their way to becoming besties. During the Oprah interview, Meghan admitted the queen has always been “wonderful” to her. She revealed: “On one of our first joint engagements together, we had breakfast together that morning and she gave me a gift – some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace – I just really loved being in her company. “She [the queen] has always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.” While things are probably a bit frosty between Meghan and her royal in-laws right now, we’re rooting for a heartwarming reunion. Because if these pictures are anything to go by, the queen herself already has a soft spot for the former actress. The end of the British royal family? Experts say ‘The Firm’ is safe … for now Their first joint tour When Meghan got invited to join the queen for a royal tour to Cheshire soon after the wedding, it was considered the monarch’s final seal of approval and a fitting introduction of Meghan into the royal fold. And if the photos from the trip are anything to go by, the pair really bonded, laughing and chatting throughout. After travelling by train overnight together from London, Meghan and Queen Elizabeth opened Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre and the city’s new Mersey Gateway Bridge. What does Kitty Spencer’s US$26 million London mansion look like? When the queen shared her blanket with Meghan We all did a collective awww during the Oprah interview when Meghan recalled the moment the queen shared her blanket with her during their joint outing to Cheshire. “We were in the car going in between engagements and she has a blanket that sits across her knees, and it was chilly and she pulled it across my knees. It made me think of my grandmother,” she told Oprah. Fortunately for us, footage of that exact adorable moment has come to light, and it’s even cuter than we imagined. Meghan’s first Trooping the Colour During her first Trooping the Colour – a traditional Commonwealth military parade – Meghan got to stand in a point of privilege in the middle of Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony, right behind the queen. Her spot at the monarch’s annual birthday parade, which is purely dictated by family preference, suggested that the new Duchess of Sussex had worked her way into the heart of the royal family. Meghan Markle isn’t the only royal who’s struggled with palace life Royal Ascot 2018 When Prince Harry and Meghan met with Queen Elizabeth at Ascot Racecourse in June 2018, it was a typically glamorous royal scene. But what we loved the most was that adorable family interaction seemed completely relatable – a grandmother genuinely happy to see her grandchildren (if you don’t see it, check your pulse). Their balcony appearances got even cuter Following the Trooping the Colour appearance, Meghan got yet another prime Buckingham Palace balcony spot to watch a fly-past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force in July 2018. And this time, she even got some special love from the queen herself, who was snapped happily chatting away with Meghan during the proceedings. Is Meghan Markle’s ‘bullying’ half-sister Samantha to blame? When Meghan introduced Archie to the queen After Meghan and Harry finished their first official photocall with son Archie, they took their newborn to meet Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip . They were joined by Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland for the baby’s first audience with the queen. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a photo from the meeting when they announced Archie’s name on Instagram. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor,” they wrote on their Sussex Royal account. “This afternoon their royal highnesses introduced her majesty the queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.” Bonding at Princess Eugenie’s wedding Queen Elizabeth II speaks with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, following the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank - Pic by @PA #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/99bhXmx5dB — Derek Momodu (@DelMody) October 12, 2018 All eyes were on Princess Eugenie at her October 2018 wedding, so you probably missed this moment when Meghan and Harry caught up with the queen outside the church. Reports at the time claimed the couple announced their baby news at Eugenie and Jack’s wedding, so it’s no wonder the queen looks so happy to see them. What did Queen Elizabeth’s husband say to Madonna, Elton John and Tom Jones? That time the queen shared a ride with Meghan’s dog Here’s a cute story you probably didn’t know: Meghan’s beagle Guy was photographed a day before the royal wedding peeking out of a car window while hitching a ride with her Majesty. A friend kindly alerted me to a very sweet moment we missed yesterday - the Queen travelling with Meghan's beagle guy spotted by the talented Lainey Gossip https://madaboutmeghan.blogspot.con/2018/05/live-blog-day-before-weddin… pic.twitter.com/zpQbtg8YeQ — Mad About Meghan (@MadAboutMeghan) May 18, 2018 Not bad for a rescue dog from Canada that Meghan adopted in 2015 and moved to London with her (just imagine if he pooped in that car?!). Meghan also connected with the queen’s famous corgis . Harry recalled in their first interview together: “For 33 years, [I’ve been] barked at, and this one walks in, and absolutely nothing, just wagging tails.” Why do Diana, Meghan and Kate wear alphabet necklaces? This wax figure combo When all was well in the British royal kingdom, the wax figures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were positioned next to Queen Elizabeth at Madame Tussauds London. Since the announcement of Harry and Meghan’s “royal resignations”, the museum moved its figures of the couple from its Royal Family scene to elsewhere in the attraction. Now they can be seen alongside a range of Hollywood stars, much like their new lives . Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .