At first glance, fans might think that the only thing Emily Blunt and Meghan Markle have in common is their successful acting careers. Of course, Meghan famously gave up acting when she married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, although she didn’t see it as a loss. “I don’t see it as a sacrifice,” Meghan told the BBC in the couple’s first interview together. “I just see it as a change. It’s a new chapter. And remember, I’ve been working on my show for seven years,” she added, citing her long streak on Suits.
In her marriage to Harry, Meghan prioritizes social activism and does most of the charity work through the couple’s Archewell Foundation. But even during her acting days, the mother of two was interested in philanthropy and social work. “When we met I was like, ‘I’m an actor, we’re acting, what else are we doing?’ and [Meghan] said, ‘Maybe you should figure out what other ways you’d like to be helpful,'” her former Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams told Woman & Home. His comment suggests that Meghan may never return to the small screen now that she has her hands full with Archewell.
Like Meghan, Blunt has had a successful acting career and is known for roles in The Devil Wears Prada, Mary Poppins Returns and The Girl on the Train, per IMDb. But both women have a surprising thing in common that has nothing to do with their careers and everything to do with their personal lives.
Emily Blunt and Meghan Markle prepared the same dish ahead of a major life moment
It turns out that both Emily Blunt and Meghan Markle are… cooking? According to People, the two stars whipped up the same tasty dish in the kitchen, and it was so good it helped get them both engaged to their now-husbands. The dish in question was Ina Garten’s now famous “engagement chicken”. In 2021, Blunt revealed that she cooked the dish before husband John Krasinski popped the question, according to the River Cafe Table 4 podcast. “I just did something I knew he would love. That’s it — all it took,” she said. “I mean, a fried chicken, who doesn’t love a fried chicken? The fried chicken I love is Ina Garten’s fried chicken, it’s called her ‘engagement chicken’. When people do something for people, they get engaged.”
Blunt and Krasinski weren’t the first A-list couple to get engaged over a plate of Garten’s fried chicken. In 2018, celebrity chef Willie Geist told NBC that their chicken played a key role in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s engagement. “It would never have happened without me,” Garten joked. She followed her talk show appearance with a congratulatory tweet, writing: “Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan! I always knew fried chicken had magical powers! I’m so happy for you both!” Interestingly, Meghan hasn’t spoken publicly about how making the dish landed her an engagement ring, so it’s unclear how Garten heard the story.
What’s so special about the engagement chicken?
While Meghan Markle didn’t share her own “Engagement Chicken” story, she did tell Good Housekeeping in 2017 that fried chicken was her favorite meal. Premonition of her engagement to Prince Harry? Maybe like this! “Nothing quite as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken,” Meghan said. “It’s a game changer. I bring this to dinner parties and make a lot of friends.” Back when her now-defunct blog, The Tig, was still operating, Meghan posted some of her favorite dishes on the site, including another chicken staple. “I enjoy making slow-cooked food on Sundays, such as
But as for engagement chicken, the dish reportedly got its name for a reason. According to NBC’s Today, Ina Garten heard about his magical powers after a glamor editor named Lindsey Unterberger wrote about her then-boyfriend proposing to him after she made him the chicken dish. “I’ve made perfect fried chicken for my ex-boyfriend about 50 times, but note the ‘ex,'” Unterberger wrote. “I’m not sure I believe that, but if enough of you subscribe to that theory, I’ll consider buying stocks in poultry farms.” over a plate of “engagement chicken” — passed the recipe along to three other writers, who all also got engaged shortly after Glamour. Call it magic or the power of The Barefoot Contessa, but it certainly worked for Meghan and Emily Blunt!