Mother-to-be Meghan, 37, kept a low profile as she watched the former First Lady, 54, discuss her new autobiography with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Southbank Centre.
Following the event Meghan met Mrs Obama backstage, in what has been described as a ‘power meeting’. The visit was not announced in advance and Kensington Palace confirmed the duchess had attended in a ‘private’ capacity.
It is not known whether Meghan has met Mrs Obama before but the pair have not been seen together publicly.
However her husband Prince Harry, 34, enjoys a famously close relationship with both the former First Lady and her husband President Obama, whom he interviewed when he guest edited Radio 4’s Today programme.
The Obamas, who were notably absent from Harry and Meghan’s wedding guest list, also get on well with Meghan’s brother and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Mother-to-be Meghan, 37, was among the 2,700-strong audience who turned out to watch the former First Lady, 54, discuss her new autobiography with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Southbank Centre. Pictured, the duchess at an engagement last month
Following the event (pictured) Meghan met Mrs Obama backstage, in what has been dubbed a ‘power meeting’. They discussed a range of topics including pregnancy and raising a family
Mrs Obama even released a statement congratulating William and Kate, both 36, on the birth of Prince Louis in April, saying she hoped to meet their new arrival ‘soon’.
The two couples were also visibly relaxed in each other’s company when the Obamas visited William, Kate and Harry at Kensington Palace in 2016.
Prince Harry has grown close to the Obamas over a number of years and recently spoke at a summit for the Obama Foundation.
In turn, Mrs Obama has been a firm supporter of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, appearing in promotional material and joining him at the 2016 tournament in Florida.
Harry also invited President Obama to be one of his guests when he guest edited BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in December last year. It is possible the Duchess of Sussex was introduced to the former President then.
In their meeting last night, the Duchess of Sussex and Mrs Obama spoke about a range of topics including their shared interest in boosting girls’ education, pregnancy and raising children, the Evening Standard reported.
Prince Harry, 34, enjoys a close relationship with Mrs Obama, pictured in 2016, who has been a firm supporter of his Invictus Games. He is also friends with former President Barack Obama
Mrs Obama was in London to speak about her autobiography Becoming at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
The interview was part of the former First Lady’s book tour Becoming: An Evening with Michelle Obama.
More than 40,000 people had reportedly tried to get tickets online when the event went on sale, but just 2,700 were lucky enough to attend the event.
Those in the audience included actor Riz Ahmed, actress Michaela Coel, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and 300 school children from secondary schools across the UK.
The Duchess of Sussex’s attendance was not reported at the time but reports emerged today and have since been confirmed by the palace.
Speaking at the event, Mrs Obama also recalled the controversy she caused when she touched the Queen on the back during another visit.
She said: ‘I touched her. After all those protocol lessons, I was human.’
Recalling another time she broke protocol, Mrs Obama said: ‘This is just how it feels to be at these high levels where people are talking protocol to protocol, that is how these big foreign exchanges are.
Michelle Obama told an audience she hopes to ‘change the mindset of men’ to boost girls’ education when she spoke at the Southbank Centre on Monday evening
The former First Lady sat down with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Royal Festival Hall in London to discuss her bestselling memoir Becoming
Mrs Obama also told gave her audience an insight into her relationship with former US president Barack Obama
‘People are talking to other people and then you’re briefed and you’re told “this is going to happen and don’t stand there and don’t touch there and this is precisely what is going on”.
‘This was on our last visit and we went to Windsor Castle and we took Marine One, the helicopter, and we landed in a field and we were going to be driven by the Queen and picked up in the car.
‘Our Secret Service doesn’t even let me ride around with Malia so up until that point we had never driven in a car driven by anyone else, so it was like ‘this is what’s going to happen, you’re going to get out and sit here and this is what is going to happen’.
Earlier on Monday, Mrs Obama enjoyed an emotional return to a north London secondary school she credits with inspiring her to get involved in educational reform
‘Of course your head is spinning because first of all I’m trying not to fall, which is a major thing that I think about in public. If you’re thinking about my thoughts when I come out on stage it’s ‘don’t’ fall’.
‘One of my primary goals for the eight years was to never become a meme.
‘So I had all this protocol buzzing in my head and I was like ‘don’t trip down the stairs and don’t touch anybody, whatever you do’ and so the Queen says ‘just get in, sit wherever’ and she’s telling you one thing and you’re remembering protocol and she says ‘Oh it’s all rubbish, just get in’.
Mrs Obama added that her husband had always had a great affection for the Queen, saying: ‘Barack is so incredibly fond of Her Majesty and I won’t go into his fangirling but I think it’s because she does remind him of his grandmother Toot, she’s smart and funny and honest. He is a huge fan for sure.’