The world is swooning for the way Meghan Markle broke royal protocol with a 10-yo girl.

Former actress and soon-to-be-royal Meghan Markle continues to break tradition and steal the world’s collective heart, this time by sharing a hug and some encouraging words with a 10-year-old girl.

Markle, 36, and her fiance Prince Harry, 33, were walking through Birmingham, England, on Thursday in an event marking International Women’s Day when a girl in the crowd, Sophia Richards, told Prince Harry she wants to become an actress.

Much to the 10-year-old’s surprise, Prince Harry pulled her out of the crowd to meet Markle, the former Suits star.

Markle spoke for a moment with Sophia, who is a pupil at the Oasis Academy Warndon in Worcester, Daily Mail reports, and ended the exchange with an embrace.

(Remembering, hugs aren’t something we’ve seen from the Royal family since Harry’s mum, Diana, Princess of Wales.)


“Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve,” Sophia said later, Daily Mail reports. “And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress.”

She called it a “dream come true”, saying she “will never forget this day”.

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This comes amid reports Markle has been baptised in the Church of England ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry.

According to the Daily Mail, Markle was confirmed in the church in a 45-minute ceremony, led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, on Tuesday evening.

The pair will be married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19.


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