How Meghan Markle Broke Royal Protocol — with a Very Hollywood Habit
When a young girl asked for an autograph from the soon-to-be royal, the former Suits star couldn’t resist
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted the crowds outside Cardiff Castle in Wales on Thursday, they were met with hundreds of phones attempting to grab a shot, video or even a selfie with the typically reluctant Harry and his royal bride-to-be.
But when a young girl asked for an autograph from Meghan, the former Suits star couldn’t resist doing what she has always done for fans: grab the pen and sign!
Normally, those asking for a signature from a royal receive a polite, “No, I can’t.” (Though Meghan did pose for at least one selfie with a teen admirer during the visit.)
But Caitlin Clark, 10, was lucky. Hearing the request, Meghan, 36, took the pen and wrote “Hi Kaitlin” — with a K — before adding a heart and a smiley face.
Caitlin, who had been waiting in the grounds of Cardiff Castle with hundreds of other well-wishers, didn’t mind the slight misspelling. “I don’t really care,” she told reporters. “My heart is still racing. I’ve never got a royal autograph before. This is going to make everyone jealous.”
Meghan also got some advice from a fellow American about marrying a Brit during her visit: Haley Johnston, 26, an artist from Charlotte, N.C., who is married to a Welshman. “I told her I’m married to a British guy, just like she is going to be, and if she wants any tips about living here, I could give here some.
“She thought it was great. She is so welcoming. She just seemed so easy with the crowd,” Johnston said.
Radio host Josh Andrews, 25, had painted a red and gold crown on his face – and that seemed to work out for him, too.
“It’s a bit of Markle Sparkle,” he said. “I just wanted to see if we could get her to come over. She went, ‘Oh, look at this.’ She is beautiful, absolutely stunning.”