With just over 100 days to go until Meghan Markle's big day, her princess training is well and truly underway. But, a recent event has some royal fans wondering whether the bride-to-be's transformation into a royal has left her with a British accent.
Carolyn Chisholm, an eager fan of the royal family, waited in line in Scotland to catch a glimpse of the visiting couple. Luckily, Carolyn got the chance to meet both Harry and Meghan. Handing Meghan a heart-shaped potato scone, Carolyn noticed something peculiar about the prince's fiancé.
According to Carolyn, and her 70-year-old mother Lynda Clark, the former Suits actress pronounced 'scone' with a short 'o', rhyming with 'gone' rather than the long 'o' sound in 'bone'.
Social media were quick to respond.
Stefan Dollinger, associate professor of English at the University of British Columbia, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the short 'o' is the Canadian pronunciation. So it’s possible that Meghan, who has lived in Toronto since 2010, was saying the pronunciation out of habit.
According to a YouGov poll either pronunciation of the word is acceptable. In a 2016 vote, the poll found that 51 percent of the British population pronounce the word to sound like 'gone' and 42 percent like 'bone.'
Although, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Meghan may start to pick up some of Harry's characteristics, including his accent.