Howie Mandel Has 'Absolutely No Memory' of Meghan Markle on Game Show

Comedian and game show host Howie Mandel has said he has "absolutely no memory" of meeting Meghan Markle when she appeared as a "briefcase model" on Deal or No Deal before meeting Prince Harry.

Mandel was asked about his memory of the royal in her days as a budding Hollywood actress by Piers Morgan, an outspoken critic of both Meghan and Harry, on his TalkTV show Piers Morgan: Uncensored last week.

Mandel hosted Deal or No Deal from 2005 to 2019 with Meghan appearing on episodes from 2006-2007 after which she left to take on more acting roles.

Meghan landed a role on the hit TV show Suits in 2011, starring as lawyer Rachel Zane and continued for seven seasons, leaving when she began a serious relationship with Harry.

Morgan, who left his job with the British morning show Good Morning Britain following his outspoken remarks about Meghan in the wake of her landmark 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, asked Mandell what he thought of his former co-star.

"I'm going to be totally honest with you," he responded to Morgan.

"I have absolutely no memory of her. I did not remember until she was dating Harry and people started saying 'what can you tell us about Meghan?' and I would say 'who's Meghan?'"

"I didn't know—I didn't remember," the comedian concluded, "I did not know her and I don't remember her to this day. But maybe that's the beauty of it."

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Howie Mandel said he has no recollection of Meghan Markle during her stint as a "briefcase girl" on game show, "Deal or No Deal." Mandel (L) photographed August 21, 2018. And Meghan (R) photographed, January 24, 2013. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE

Mandel, also a judge on America's Got Talent, has performed for audiences over many decades and Morgan continued to question him about his opinion on comedy in the age of cancel culture and physical assaults on comedians.

"It feels like comedy is under attack," Morgan said. "Both from cancel culture where you can't tell jokes anymore like you used to. But also physical attack. We saw what happened at the Oscars with Will Smith and Chris Rock and then Dave Chappelle weeks later being attacked literally by someone in the audience. What do you make of it?"

Mandel's response was considered. "I would like to be funny and witty about it," he said, "but I gotta tell you that I feel it in the gut - you know, for me stand up comedy was my respite at the end of the day...it is an art form that I have lost the fervor for personally because I am scared."

Meghan and Harry celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary last week with the couple due to make their first public return to Britain since moving to America with their young family in 2020 at Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee in June.

The couple has not been seen publicly in the U.K since the broadcast of the interview with Winfrey which saw their popularity decline in the country as a result.

A central weekend of celebrations for the queen's jubilee will run from June 2-5 and will feature a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace as well as a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and a pageant along The Mall.

A special Trooping of the Colour ceremony will be held on June 2 with the traditional royal balcony appearance outside Buckingham Palace scheduled to take place immediately afterward.

Reports had started to circulate earlier this year as to whether Harry and Meghan would appear with the royals on the balcony alongside the monarch's disgraced son Prince Andrew who settled a sexual assault lawsuit earlier this year, disputing the allegations brought against him.

Buckingham Palace quashed this speculation by announcing that only working royals would be invited onto the balcony.

Despite this, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed to Newsweek earlier this month that Harry and Meghan were looking forward to the celebration.

"Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited and honored to attend The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this June with their children," the spokesman said.

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