- While in New Zealand for her and Prince Harry’s royal tour, Meghan Markle met a fan who she used to message on Instagram.
- Markle hurried towards Hannah Sergel, 20, and gave her a hug in Auckland on Tuesday.
- Sergel said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern messaged her a photo of the moment Markle spotted her in the crowd.
- Sergel said she and the duchess would message when Markle was an actress and still had her own social media accounts.
The Duchess of Sussex saw Hannah Sergel, 20, in the crowd on Tuesday holding a sign that said, “It’s Hannah from Instagram.”
She exclaimed, “Oh, my God!” and rushed towards Sergel, giving her a hug.
Markle deleted all of her social media when she joined the royal family, but Sergel said they messaged on Instagram before that, when Markle was an actress.
Sergel told New Zealand’s 1 News that Markle “would tell me to do well at university and encourage me to be myself.”
She shared an old video on Twitter that Markle had addressed to her, in which Markle says “hope I get to meet you soon.”
Sergel gave Markle a letter when they met on Tuesday, which was passed to Harry for safekeeping.
Markle could be seen holding the letter in photos later in the day.
Sergel said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was present when Sergel and Markle met, sent her a photo of the moment Markle spotted her in the crowd.
Sergel told 1 News that Markle said, “‘Thank you for getting in touch,’ and then she gave me a hug and said she would read my letter that I gave her.”
Markle and Harry were in Auckland, New Zealand, for the last leg of their royal tour.
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