Meghan Markle Opted for Warm Hug Instead of Formal Curtsy at the One Young World Summit

During Meghan Markle's solo appearance at the opening ceremony for the 'One Young World' Summit, she turns down the founder's attempt for a formal curtsy greeting and instead embraces her with a hug.

In her first solo appearance since the airing of the ITV documentary, "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey," Meghan Markle was all smiles as she attended the opening ceremony for the "One Young World" Summit, at the Royal Albert Hall. Sussex Royal Instagram account explains the event saying:

"Surrounded by today's generation of impactful young leaders, The Duchess of Sussex attended the 10th Annual One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at the @RoyalAlbertHall in London along with 2,000 young leaders from 190+ countries."

"This is her third time in attendance as a counsellor for these extraordinary young leaders from around the world, and her first time attending as a member of The Royal Family and Vice President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust," it is revealed.

It is reported, the Queen's Commonwealth Trust has partnered with "One Young World" to bring together young leaders from around the world in order to help them work towards improving their communities.

At the event, Markle was subject to a slightly awkward moment on stage when she went up to greet "One Young World" founder, Kate Robertson.

During their exchange Robertson tried to go down for a curtsy and Markle quickly rejected her attempts by pulling her up and embracing her with a warm hug.

According to Daily Mail, the palace has not instituted any rules that suggest the Queen and members of the royal family should be greeted in any specific way.

It is revealed that apart from a simple handshake, long-standing traditions across many cultures have dictated that men perform formal greetings by bowing their heads and women often curtsy

During the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony, Meghan Meghan awkwardly hugs the event founder, Kate Robertson on stage, at Royal Albert Hall, on October 22, 2019, in London, England | Source: Gareth Fuller - Pool/Getty Images

During the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony, Meghan Meghan awkwardly hugs the event founder, Kate Robertson on stage, at Royal Albert Hall, on October 22, 2019, in London, England | Source: Gareth Fuller - Pool/Getty Images

Markle's to decision to hug Robertson stems from the fact the two have known each other for several years.

In 2014 she joined "One Young World" as a counselor at a summit in Dublin, where she spoke to young leaders about gender equality and women's rights. She also attended the 2016 summit in Ottawa, Canada.

According to PEOPLE, Markle is one of 70 counselors attending the four-day summit. Other notable guests who joined her onstage include Ellie Goulding and Sir Bob Geldof.

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