Meghan Markle Broke a Major Royal Rule on Outing With Prince Harry

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You can take the girl out of Hollywood ... During a recent outing to Cardiff, Meghan Markle signed an autograph, breaking royal protocol. In addition to signing something for a young fan, Meghan also took selfies with the crowd, hugged people, and even allowed one adoring man to kiss her hand. 

  • Just as Princess Diana used to do, Meghan was seen getting much more touchy-feely with the public than most of the royals tend to do.

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    The Queen has been known to shake hands with fans, while Kate reportedly carries a clutch bag (with both hands) to avoid having to do so. Meghan, on the other hand, dove right in, having what appeared to be zero qualms about interacting with the public on a more personal level.

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  • Typically, members of the royal family don't sign autographs as a security measure against fraud.

    Supposedly, when Prince Charles is asked for his autograph, he says something along the lines of, "Sorry, they don't allow me to do that."

  • Royal correspondent Camilla Tominey said of the "Suits" actress's behavior: "Meghan broke all the rules with selfies, high fives, and hugs."

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    She continued to ITV's This Morning, "You wouldn't have seen it back in the '40s and '50s, but Princess Diana started these sorts of trends. Sometimes I think the public think the royals are stuffier than they are."

  • In the past, Prince Harry has said that he's not super comfy with selfies. However, Meghan, who recently took down her selfie-rife Instagram, obviously has different feelings on the issue.

    Weighing in on the royal couple's differences, Tominey said, "They aren’t meant to sign autographs, but because Meghan is an actress I think she is used to it." She was then quick to add, "I'm not sure she signed a signature, I think she just wrote a note to the little girl."

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  • It's been said before that Princess Diana would love Meghan Markle and her approach to life -- and occasions like this prove just that.

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    And from the looks of things, both Prince Harry and the general public are pretty big fans of her unpretentious nature, as well. 

    Never change, Meghan.