Meghan Markle’s outrageous encounter with boy ‘trying to steal her underwear’
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The Duchess of Sussex was on holiday in New Zealand with her then-husband Trevor Engelson, and they had rented a campervan to drive around the beautiful country over Christmas and New Year. They visited remote glaciers, seal colonies and wineries, and swam with dolphins before reaching Akaroa – a tiny village surrounding a dead volcano near Christchurch – and stopped at a campsite for the night. Meghan was having a shower when she suddenly realised a 13-year-old boy had crawled under the stall and was trying to steal her underwear.
She grabbed her towel and shouted: “Where is your mother?”
Eventually she told his parents about it, who were “mortified”, but she said the boy was “harmless”.
Meghan described the experience on New Zealand radio when promoting her role in the TV drama Suits.
She said: “When we got into the campsite, they had nice areas to take a shower.
“I was washing my hair and I hear something and I open the shower curtain and there’s this 13-year-old boy who had crawled under the stall and was trying to steal my underwear.
“I grabbed my towel and I had shampoo in my hair and I yelled, ‘Where’s your mother?’
“I found his parents, who were mortified, of course. I can laugh about it now but at the time I was so shaken up.
“He was just a little prankster, he was harmless ‒ probably bored to tears with his family.”
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However, the boy reportedly managed to get a glimpse of her in the nude.
Meghan added: “To this day, oh my God, that kid will be sitting and home going ‘that’s the girl from Suits, I saw her naked.”
Of course, now he will be able to boast that he saw Prince Harry’s wife in the shower.
Meghan decided to go on this holiday after it was recommended to her by Gabriel Macht, one her co-stars on Suits.
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Gabriel told her how he and his wife loved campervan holidays, and all about how amazing their trip to New Zealand was.
Meghan decided she wanted the same experience.
She and Trevor hiked over glaciers, visited wineries in Marlborough and rented a beach house for a few days.
It turned out to be one of her favourite ever holidays, despite the Peeping Tom incident.
Andrew Morton said in his 2018 book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’ that Meghan and Gabriel got talking about it during a group get-together with her castmates in Toronto.
He wrote: “During a casual conversation with Meghan’s co-star Gabriel Macht, he told her he and his wife loved campervan vacations.
“After listening to him wax lyrical about a trip to New Zealand, Meghan decided to follow suit.
She and Trevor too hired a campervan and spent two weeks driving around New Zealand’s sparsely populated south island.”
Meghan’s trip to New Zealand is believed to be her honeymoon, because she and Trevor got married that year, in 2011.
However, the couple’s marriage was not to last and they were divorced by August 2013.
Meghan moved on to date restaurateur Cory Vitiello in Toronto for two years before meeting Prince Harry in 2016 and the rest is royal history.
Meanwhile, Trevor dated Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City before meeting dietician Tracey Kurland in 2017, who he married last year.
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