Words by Sarah Carty.
They hugged their way through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, but now a palace aide has claimed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s affectionate ways with the public while on royal tour have reportedly caused a headache for Buckingham Palace officials.
The 37-year-old Duchess and 34-year-old Duke of Sussex last week completed the 16-day tour, ending their trip in the Rotorua area of New Zealand, with a public walkabout which concluded with Meghan Markle giving an adorable young girl a big embrace.
And while we all might have swooned at the cute photos, Buckingham Palace are in a tizzy over the royal couple’s attitude to the public and how many times they broke away from royal traditions.
A palace security adviser reportedly told The Express that most members of the public were well meaning, but added: “In the street, these people are, at best, completely unchecked and, at worst, potential cat stranglers and virtual stalkers who are well known to their police protection officers.
“If you let one person kiss you on the cheek, why not another?
“The worry is this behaviour raises the bar for every other member of the family who will be expected to do the same.
“But when they don’t, it creates resentment and a feeling that they have somehow let people down.”