Meghan Markle’s Swipe at Brits Undermined by Royal Christmas

Meghan Markle’s account of hugs being “really jarring for a lot of Brits” has been challenged after pictures of Prince George being embraced by an in-law at Christmas emerged.

The Duchess of Sussex described an awkward interaction the first time she met Prince William and Kate Middleton during an interview for the docu-series Harry & Meghan, released in December 2022.

And her comments resurfaced after a picture emerged of Prince George getting a hug from former World Cup winning England rugby player Mike Tindall.

Tindall, whose wife Zara was a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II via Princess Anne, joined William, Kate and their children on the walk to church at Sandringham, the royals’ private estate in Norfolk.

A photo of Tindall with his arm around George went viral on X, formerly Twitter, after it was liked more than 3,000 times and viewed more than 118,000 times

The image was posted alongside a quote from Meghan: “Like, I was a hugger, I have always been a hugger. I didn’t realize that is really jarring for a lot of Brits.”

Meghan’s full comment from the Netflix series went: “When Will and Kate came over and I was meeting her for the first time I remember, I was in ripped jeans, I was barefoot.

Like, I was a hugger, I have always been a hugger. I didn’t realize that is really jarring for a lot of Brits. I started to understand that the formality on the outside carried through on the inside.”

Harry described a similar moment in his book Spare, though in his version it was William rather than Kate who found Meghan’s hug uncomfortable during a meeting for which the Princess of Wales was not present.