Long before Meghan Markle became a member of the royal family - she had a pretty active social media presence.
But of course after becoming engaged to Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex was made to shut down her online profiles – in order to maintain privacy in her new life.
However, yesterday, on hers and Harry’s penultimate day of their royal tour in Auckland, Meghan came face-to-face with a fan she would often speak to online during her time as an actress.
The royal couple were just finishing up a walkabout at the Auckland Viaduct Harbour, when Meghan’s jaw dropped as she recognised one of her loyal fans in the crowd, Hannah Sergel.
Hannah has been a fan of Meghan’s since the early days of her fame – and in fact, the pair used to message online before Meghan met her now husband.
20-year-old Hannah has revealed how the Duchess of Sussex would often send her messages of encouragement, and even once a sweet video of herself saying hello to her. She even sent supportive messages telling Hannah not to drop out of university, after suffering from mental health issues.
In Auckland, the pair had the chance to meet for the first time, as Hannah held up a sign reading ‘It’s Hannah from Instagram’. And Meghan was clearly delighted to see her. In an adorable video, shared by Hannah on her Twitter account (@bellisariho), the Duchess is seen exclaiming, ‘Oh my god’, before rushing over to Hannah to shake her hand, and enveloping her in a huge hug.
Hannah has since told 1 News, “I was friends with her on Instagram before she had to deactivate her account. We used to have conversations and stuff on there.
“She would tell me to do well at university and encourage me to be myself.”
She also handed Meghan a letter which the Duchess quickly passed on to Prince Harry, before assuring Hannah she would read it. Hannah revealed that Meghan said, “Thank you for getting in touch” and that “she would read my letter that I gave her”.
On her Twitter account, Hannah has since reflected on the emotional reunion, writing, ‘can you believe meghan markle held me with both her hands then wen in for a hug i’m still in shock’.
She continued, saying, ‘the past 36 hours have been insane! thank you all for your kind words – they mean the world 🧡🧡’.
What a sweet story!