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Princess Diana | Meghan Markle | Source: Getty Images
Princess Diana | Meghan Markle | Source: Getty Images

Meghan's Protocol Break Made People 'Cry' — She Uses 'Protective' Gesture Like Late Mother-In-Law, Said Expert

Olawale Ogunjimi
Sep 19, 2022
08:00 P.M.
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  • Meghan permanently broke royal protocol, but it made people happy. One girl got very emotional during a recent event.

  • Meghan never saw her mother-in-law Diana, but her body language toward people is similar to her in different ways.

  • Princess Diana risked her life to make people happy despite royal traditions.

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On September 10, 2022, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle shocked fans when they appeared together in public following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

According to reports, the Prince of Wales invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and Middleton for the walkabout at Windsor Castle. During the event, the foursome greeted mourners, who paid their last respects to the late monarch.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle after viewing flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle after viewing flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

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They had conversations with fans that made the headlines. However, a particular dialogue between the Duchess of Sussex and a girl seemed to have intrigued the public more.

In a clip that captured the moment, Meghan could be heard asking the girl her name and how long she had been waiting at Windsor. Then, the mourner replied, after which the Duchess thanked her for being present.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 | Sources: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 | Sources: Getty Images

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Before Meghan walked away, the girl requested a hug, which she obliged. The former actress's kind gesture soon went viral, and netizens gushed about how thoughtful and kind it was. One user wrote:

"This made me cry 😢 so much hatred has been going around; it's so nice to see LOVE and the family reuniting."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meets public members on the long Walk at Windsor Castle after viewing flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meets public members on the long Walk at Windsor Castle after viewing flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Another respondent commented: "She is SO sweet! And we can definitely see that she's not playing, she takes the lead, she looks straight in the eyes, she asked questions and understood, the name of the girl, it was really sincere❤."

Other users also found a resemblance between Meghan and her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. According to one of them:

"That's that Diana spirit that none of the Royal women possess."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meets public members on the long Walk at Windsor Castle after viewing flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meets public members on the long Walk at Windsor Castle after viewing flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

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However, though many commended the Duchess of Sussex's kind gesture, Meghan should have behaved in another way in that situation, according to Royal Protocol. Nevertheless, her actions meant a lot to the girl, who later revealed that she needed Meghan's hug.

Meghan's Action Was Against Royal Protocol

It is no news that there are protocols that govern the communication between royal members and ordinary people.

For example, the men are expected to do a neck bow, while the women do a little curtsy. On other occasions, a simple handshake is preferable.

There had been misconceptions that the disease could be transmitted through physical touch, but Diana's actions proved otherwise.

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Although these rules are not strict, it is better to follow traditional practices, which is why experts questioned Meghan's action toward the girl.

However, even though the Duchess of Sussex did not abide by the Royal Protocol, her kind gesture brought joy to the girl, who needed the hug.

Duchess of Sussex receives a hug from a well wisher on the Long walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Duchess of Sussex receives a hug from a well wisher on the Long walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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During a chat with CNN's Scott McLean, the girl explained that she requested a hug because she looked up to Meghan and also felt it was the right thing to do. The young lady further mentioned that she wanted to show the Duchess that:

"she is welcome here."

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While Meghan may have touched fans with her actions, she is not the first royal member to ignore protocol and treat people well with all her heart.

Princess Diana Ignored Royal Rules

Before her death, Princess Diana gained the love of royal fans for many reasons, including her humanitarian acts. She was the first royal who started getting closer to ordinary people.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) visiting patients suffering from AIDS at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25th April 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) visiting patients suffering from AIDS at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25th April 1991. | Source: Getty Images

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Diana often proved the importance of treating people well, despite their social status. In 1987, she shook hands with an AIDS patient without gloves after opening Britain's first AIDS ward in London.

There had been misconceptions that the disease could be transmitted through physical touch, but Diana's actions proved otherwise.

Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a white dress with a navy blue collar designed by Catherine Walker, sits with a little girl on her lap during a visit to a Dr Barnardo's Home on February 2, 1988. | Source: Getty Images

Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing a white dress with a navy blue collar designed by Catherine Walker, sits with a little girl on her lap during a visit to a Dr Barnardo's Home on February 2, 1988. | Source: Getty Images

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According to her brother, she needed to convey a clear message, assuring the public that they could live in a community with people battling the disease and render help.

With time, Diana stopped wearing gloves because she loved shaking people and holding hands. In addition, the late Princess of Wales enjoyed hugging children, including her sons, hence her decision to quit wearing hats.

Princess Diana In Luanda, Angola. She Holds A Baby During Her Visit To A Orthopaedic Centre For Landmine Victims And Wears A Badge For The British Red Cross Charity on January 14, 1997. | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana In Luanda, Angola. She Holds A Baby During Her Visit To A Orthopaedic Centre For Landmine Victims And Wears A Badge For The British Red Cross Charity on January 14, 1997. | Source: Getty Images

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According to her, it was challenging to cuddle kids in a hat. Many pictures on the internet showed moments when little children were in the late Princess of Wales' embrace.

In other photos, Diana was either holding or carrying little children. She cared less about royal protocols and more about treating people around with love.

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) visits the Whitemoor Centre in Belper, UK, 28th April 1992. | Source: Getty Images

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) visits the Whitemoor Centre in Belper, UK, 28th April 1992. | Source: Getty Images

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Even though she is no more, Diana is still an example to many. Pictures capturing the moments of her kind gestures will always serve as a reminder of how much of a "people person" she was.

Meghan's Behavior Towards People Is Like Princess Diana's

Many years after Diana's death, Meghan appears to be taking after her mother-in-law in her behavior towards people.

The Princess of Wales greets her sons Prince William and Prince Harry on the deck of the yacht Britannia in Toronto on 23rd October 1991. | Source: Getty Images

The Princess of Wales greets her sons Prince William and Prince Harry on the deck of the yacht Britannia in Toronto on 23rd October 1991. | Source: Getty Images

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Like the late Princess of Wales, the Duchess of Sussex seemingly prefers to be without gloves and enjoys hugging people. This has caused a lot of reactions and thoughts from experts.

In 2019, Journalist Elizabeth Holmes mentioned that Meghan's decision to be without gloves symbolizes her desire to connect with the public. According to Holmes:

"I think there's something about skin-to-skin contact. When you can shake someone's hand, and you can actually touch them, that's very intimate, and Meghan is very, very good at connecting with crowds."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gets a hug from a member of the public during a visit to Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gets a hug from a member of the public during a visit to Edes House during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

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The journalist further explained that intimacy and accessibility were a part of the former actress's royal brand. In her words:

"In that way, Markle is emulating her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana."

Megan, Duchess of Sussex hugs a young girl during a walkabout on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand on October 31, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

Megan, Duchess of Sussex hugs a young girl during a walkabout on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand on October 31, 2018. | Source: Getty Images

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From offering hugs to young children during a tour to Australia and South Africa to hugging celebrities at movie premieres, Meghan has proven that, indeed, physical contact is a part of her royal brand.

According to Body Language Expert Judi James, "a hug is the most intimate and emotional form of greeting ritual."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hugs a surf mentor as she visits Waves for Change, an NGO, at Monwabisi Beach, with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on September 24, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hugs a surf mentor as she visits Waves for Change, an NGO, at Monwabisi Beach, with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on September 24, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

James also believes that Meghan "can turn her hugs into something more empathetic and protective". Ultimately, seeing the former actress ignore royal protocols and show people love is something many fans will always praise her for.

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