When Meghan Markle first started dating Prince Harry, she wasn’t entirely schooled in some of the royal protocol and broke one rule unknowingly. Now that she knows the rules, she’s still breaking this one — giving hugs. Markle seems to have ditched the formalities in favor of a more laid back and down to earth approach.
Political News: Markle made this mistake when she and Prince Harry were
Back when Markle was dating Prince Harry, according to her
friend, the now duchess was keen on greeting palace staff with a hug, something
that’s typically not done.
Markle’s friend, TV executive Bonnie Hammer, revealed that when the then-actress was dating Harry, she would hug the staff at Kensington Palace. Hammer shared with Hello! magazine: “I heard a story from her very early in their dating and Meghan would come up to the palace and she’d get out of the car and she’d have a bag or two. The guards would basically greet her and kind of walk her in.”
She continued: “After the first couple of times I guess she
started giving a hug to the guys, which wasn’t exactly protocol and at some
point somebody said to her, ‘people don’t usually do that’ and she said while
shrugging ‘I’m American, I hug.’”
Political News: Prince Harry and Markle displayed this warmth on their tour
When Prince Harry and Markle visited Africa for a royal tour in September, many noted that the Sussexes greeted those they met with warm hugs and reportedly wanted to do away with royal formalities.
That approach, coupled with Markle recycling her outfits and
going without her flashy engagement ring, allowed the focus to be on their
visit and the work they were doing.
Vanity Fair reporter Katie Nicholl noted that, according to a source, Prince Harry and Markle planned to “meet as many South Africans as possible and make a difference… This isn’t a holiday and they don’t want it to look like one. Their Royal Highnesses want to do some serious work on the ground, particularly at a community level.”
Prince Harry and Markle reportedly requested “minimal fuss, formality, and protocol” during the tour and wanted
people to address them by their first names.