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Meghan Markle throws off royal protocol to hug charity worker who gave her this amazing compliment

Mirror logo Mirror 14/02/2018 Conor Riordan

a woman talking on a cell phone: Credits: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: REX/Shutterstock Protocol dictates that royals don't generally hug members of the public.

But Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle has shown time and again she is going to shake things up.

And today was no exception when she broke tradition by sharing a warm embrace with charity co-founder Alice Thompson during her visit to Edinburgh.

Video: Harry and Meghan visit cafe which supports homeless people (ITN News)

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Afterwards, it emerged that Meghan had become emotional and reacted instinctively to their conversation about women's rights.

Journalist Omid Scobie, who had been at the scene tweeted: "Meghan shared a special moment with @SocialBite_ co-founder @AliceThommo, who admitted she had been deeply inspired by her 2015 @UN_Women speech.

a woman who is smiling and looking at the camera: Credits: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: REX/Shutterstock "Clearly touched (and a little emotional), Meghan embraced her in a hug."

Harry and Meghan clearly felt at ease during their visit to Social Bite, a cafe supporting homeless people.

The prince said similar work "needs to be across the UK as soon as possible".

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Credits: REX/Shutterstock © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: REX/Shutterstock The pair looked a little chilly and wrapped up warm for what Harry, 33, described as "freezing" conditions.

But the weather did not put off a cheering crowd wanting to welcome them, who were waving love hearts and flags - with some of them having queued for more than four hours to catch a glimpse.

a person smiling for the camera: Credits: @AliceThommo/Twitter © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: @AliceThommo/Twitter Co-founder Josh Littlejohn told the couple how they aim to get people off the streets by giving them employment and helping them find their own accommodation.

Harry said: "When are you bringing this down south?

a group of people posing for the camera: Credits: Getty Images Europe © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Images Europe "When you've proved it really works, it needs to be across the UK as soon as possible."

Speaking to the Press Association afterwards, Mr Littlejohn said they were willing to share what they have learned with other organisations to tackle the issue elsewhere.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA But he said Social Bite's focus was on eradicating homelessness in Scotland first.

He said: "If we can make real inroads, there's no reason we can't pass that on down south."

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Credits: Daily Mirror © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Daily Mirror Harry and Ms Markle spoke with the organisation's volunteers, customers and also staff who have been affected by homelessness.

When speaking to volunteers Liz Cann and Alice Smith as well as customer George Whyte, Harry went on to talk about his love of food's ability to bring people together.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Credits: Duncan McGlynn / SWNS.com © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Duncan McGlynn / SWNS.com He said: "Meals are supposed to be an opportunity to bring people together, time to share, time to give and time to have a conversation."

The soon-to-be husband and wife also met with other staff at the Edinburgh cafe, with Ms Markle saying she would like to work there as it seemed fun.

a group of people wearing costumes: Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA Sonny Murray, 38, was homeless for two years and rough sleeping for four months.

He said working for Social Bite had helped him to turn his life around and told the couple he urged homeless people to get involved with the organisation.

a person with collar shirt: Credits: REUTERS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: REUTERS Mr Murray described the pair as a "really lovely couple" who "sat and spoke away to us" about their backgrounds.

The firm also plans to open a "village" for homeless people later this year, which would give people without accommodation a home so they can try to find some security.

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