Anna Sheffer
August 01, 2019 8:22 am

Mindy Kaling’s Four Weddings and a Funeral is officially here, and it’s bringing some fresh new updates to the classic rom-com. The 10-episode limited series stars Nathalie Emmanuel (aka Game of Thrones’s Missandei of Naath), and we’re especially excited to see what she brings to the show. Apparently, Emmanuel contributed a Meghan Markle reference to Four Weddings and a Funeral.

In a July 31st interview with GlamourEmmanuel talked about a moment in the series in which her character, Maya, jokes about applying to be the “decoy” for the Duchess of Sussex. The line ends with a quip that the royal family has already met its “diversity quota.” Emmanuel revealed that she ad-libbed the line, and she said she got the idea because people often compare her to Markle, who, like Emmanuel, is mixed-race. Emmanuel said she doesn’t always enjoy the comparison.

She added:

The comparisons go both ways, apparently. The Game of Thrones actress mentioned a scene from Suits in which Markle’s character, Rachel Zane, talks about being told she looks like Missandei (whom they rudely refer to just as Khaleesi’s “translator”).

While we appreciate the nod to the Duchess of Sussex in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Emmanuel’s comments are a reminder of how annoying these remarks can be.

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