Meghan Markle delights fans by breaking royal protocol – find out what she did

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Meghan Markle delights fans by breaking royal protocol – find out what she did

The former Suits star broke an important rule during the official engagement in Cardiff

Meghan Markle delighted a royal fan during her visit to Cardiff - breaking royal protocol by doing so Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Meghan Markle delighted a royal fan during her visit to Cardiff – breaking royal protocol by doing so Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Meghan Markle broke some very important royal protocol during her official engagement in Cardiff on Thursday – but it made her fans very happy! The soon-to-be royal signed an autograph for a young girl who had queued for hours outside Cardiff Castle to get a glimpse of the couple, while her fiancé Prince Harry stood by her side.

During the walkabout outside Cardiff castle on Thursday, Meghan enthusiastically high-fived members of the public Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
During the walkabout outside Cardiff castle on Thursday, Meghan enthusiastically high-fived members of the public Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Schoolgirl Caitlin Clark, ten, asked Meghan to sign her book and the 36-year-old readily obliged, signing; “Hi Kaitlin” – albeit with a K – and adding a heart and a smiley face. Caitlin, however, did not mind the slight misspelling. “I don’t really care,” she said. “My heart is still racing. I’ve never got a royal autograph before. This is going to make everyone jealous.”

Signing an autograph wasn't the only royal protocol Meghan broke during the walkabout in Cardiff on Thursday. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Signing an autograph wasn’t the only royal protocol Meghan broke during the walkabout in Cardiff on Thursday. Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

And it wasn’t the only royal protocol Meghan broke during the walkabout; the former Suits star also posed for a selfie with another fan, despite saying she was “not allowed” to take photos with members of the public during a previous engagement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's trip to Cardiff were greeted with cheers and applause from well-wishers on Thursday afternoon Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to Cardiff were greeted with cheers and applause from well-wishers on Thursday afternoon Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Meghan appeared in high spirits throughout the walkabout, and happily chatted to members of the crowd, even allowing one man to kiss her on the hand, and high fiving a group of schoolchildren, while Harry shook their hands.

During their visit to Cardiff, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were gifted with a unique wedding cake to celebrate their upcoming nuptials Photo (C) PA
During their visit to Cardiff, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were gifted with a unique wedding cake to celebrate their upcoming nuptials Photo (C) PA

Royals are typically expected to politely decline fans requests for an autograph, due to the risk of it being forged. However, Meghan’s future father-in-law Prince Charles has also previously broken the protocol back in 2010 when he signed an autograph for a victim of devastating floods, writing ‘Charles 2010’ on a piece of paper.

Prince Harry was pictured joking with members of the public as he spent time chatting to them outside Cardiff Castle in the centre of the capital on Thursday afternoon Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Harry was pictured joking with members of the public as he spent time chatting to them outside Cardiff Castle in the centre of the capital on Thursday afternoon Photo (C) GETTY

Her Majesty the Queen has also broken her own tradition after agreeing to sign a football for a young Manchester United football fan inside the Petronas Twin Towers building during her visit to Malaysia in 1998. Speaking about the signing, United player and England football hero, Sir Bobby Charlton, said at the time: “She didn’t know what to do so I just helped to hold the ball. This is a fantastic honour for Manchester United.”

Prince Harry looked smart dressed in a crisp white shirt, navy trousers and a blue jumper during his visit to Cardiff on Thursday Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Prince Harry looked smart dressed in a crisp white shirt, navy trousers and a blue jumper during his visit to Cardiff on Thursday Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Prince Harry and Meghan’s visit to Wales comes shortly after their successful visits to Nottingham and Brixton in south London. The prince has been taking the time to introduce the former Suits actress to destinations around the UK, a place she will come to call home. Harry looked handsome in a dark blue coat, while Meghan opted for a stylish black coat by Stella McCartney.

Meghan Markle was given a Welsh flag as she greeted crowd members in Cardiff on Thursday Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Meghan Markle was given a Welsh flag as she greeted crowd members in Cardiff on Thursday Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

After their walkabout, the couple will get to see inside the castle, Cardiff’s landmark building which has a history dating back more than 1,000 years. They will hear performances from musicians and poets, meet leading sportsmen and women, and see how organisations are working to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity – as part of a Welsh Cultural Festival.

Meghan Markle was all smiles as she greeted crowds in Cardiff on Thursday Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Meghan Markle was all smiles as she greeted crowds in Cardiff on Thursday Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Source: HELLO MAGAZINE

Tags: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Harry and Meghan

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