Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke from royal tradition to take a picture with a young fan they thought resembled the duchess

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been very relaxed in their recent walkabouts. Pool/Getty Images
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke from royal tradition to take a photograph with a young fan.
  • Harry spotted the girl in the crowd and then brought Markle over to meet her.
  • After commenting that the young girl resembled the duchess, Harry used a fan’s phone to snap a photo of the moment.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently in Australia as part of their first official royal tour together, and they are already putting their own spin on traditional royal etiquette.

While the royal family takes plenty of time to meet the members of the public, they typically refrain from taking photographs with fans. Markle and Harry decided to break that tradition on Tuesday.

As seen in a video shared by the Daily Mail, Harry spotted a young girl wearing a shirt reading, “Girls can do anything,” and called Markle over to meet her. When Markle approached, the young girl’s grandmother said, “We feel she looks a bit like you,” to which Markle replied, “I was literally about to say the same thing.”

Harry then reached for a fan’s phone to capture a photo of Markle with the 9-year-old fan, her grandmother, and her cousin.

While there is no official rule banning photographs with fans, CNN’s royal commentator Victoria Arbiter previously told INSIDER that it’s typically avoided, especially when it comes to selfies.

“Royals do what feels right in any given moment,” she explained. “If a sick child on a hospital visit or at an awards evening asked for a selfie, most wouldn’t hesitate, but on a walkabout, they’re avoided.”

So, while the royals may bend the rules every now and then, it likely won’t become common practice.

“Royals would always rather have a personal interaction than have people clamoring for selfies,” Arbiter told INSIDER in an email. “If you grant one, then it quickly becomes overwhelming.”

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It isn’t likely the queen would stop for a selfie. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty

Princess Anne explained in the HBO/ITV documentary “Queen of the World” that walkabouts are traditionally meant to be a simple way to greet the public, and physical interaction is typically kept to a minimum to ensure that things are as fair as possible.

“We never shook hands. The theory was that you couldn’t shake hands with everybody, so don’t start,” Anne said in the documentary.

Markle and Harry have been quite relaxed about engaging with the public during their recent appearances, and it seems to suggest that traditional royal protocol is becoming slightly less strict for modern royals. For instance, Harry recently kissed a woman’s hand during a walkabout in Sussex, and the couple also had an adorable interaction with another young fan in Australia who went in for a hug and even rubbed the prince’s beard.

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