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Meghan Markle broke royal protocol with this hug

Wonderwall logo Wonderwall 2/14/2018 Mark Gray
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Meghan Markle broke the royal rules for a real human and natural moment this week.

Royals are not allowed to hug members of the public, but Prince Harry's fiance did so with a charity worker without hesitation while visiting a homeless center in Scotland.

a person talking on a cell phone: Meghan Markle hugs Alice Thompson during a visit to the Social Bite social enterprise cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 13, 2018. © Brian Anderson/REX/Shutterstock Meghan Markle hugs Alice Thompson during a visit to the Social Bite social enterprise cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 13, 2018.

"It was pretty lovely. I was so taken with her," Alice Thompson, co-founder of of the homeless charity Social Bite, told the Daily Mail of the moment. "I told her that as a woman in business who had lived in the shadow of my male business partner for several years due to my own insecurities about my own ability to compete or perform, I found her speech she made in 2015 to the UN inspirational and motivating and that it encouraged me to speak up a bit more and be a girl boss."

In that particular speech, Meghan spoke about female empowerment and feminism.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle posing for the camera: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Social Bite social enterprise cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 13, 2018. © Brian Anderson/REX/Shutterstock Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Social Bite social enterprise cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Feb. 13, 2018. Meghan, Alice said, "seemed really touched and a tad emotional. She said that she was really nervous to give that speech and that it meant a lot to her that it had inspired me to continue going with something like Social Bite."

She continued, "At that point inside the shop she gave me a little cuddle, a little sideways squeeze. Then outside the shop I went to shake her hand and she nudged it out of the way and embraced me with a cuddle. It was definitely not out of the blue. It was a continuation of what happened inside."

As for what Harry and Meghan are really like, Alice said, "They are really lovely genuine people, which was really nice. It made the whole day very comfortable."

Related slideshow: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's romance timeline (via Photo Services)

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