Meghan Markle Broke Royal Protocol to Give This 10-Year-Old Aspiring Actress a Hug

Meghan Markle is on a roll. A week after breaking royal protocol to highlight the importance of #MeToo and Time's Up, the royal-to-be is once again bending the rules for a good reason—and on International Women's Day, no less.

This time, she and Prince Harry were attending an event meant to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM. One girl, however, had a different calling in mind. According to People, Prince Harry asked 10-year-old Sophia Richards what she wants to be when she grows up. When she told him she wanted to be an actress, the prince brought her over to meet Markle, who, if you'll recall, is a TV acting vet.

“Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve," Richards told People. "And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress. It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day.”After essentially launching Richards' acting career, Markle then gave her a warm hug.

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Although heartwarming, Markle's inspiring gesture is technically frowned upon if coming from a royal, Town & Country reported. That's because members of the public typically greet royals in very specific ways. According to the royal family's website, there are "no obligatory codes of behaviour" for greeting a royal, but "many people wish to observe the traditional forms," which consist of a handshake, or else a neck bow for men and a curtsy for women. Straying from tradition to hug a young fan, however, doesn't seem to be that big of a deal: Kate Middleton has done it a few times, as has Princess Diana, and Markle herself embraced a charity worker who was inspired by her UN speech just last month.

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