Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have had plenty of touching moments with fans during their 16-day royal tour. But one on their penultimate day in New Zealand was probably the most unexpected by everyone involved.
As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walked by a crowd near Viaduct Harbour in Auckland on Tuesday, accompanied by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Meghan suddenly spotted a familiar face.
The Duchess did a double take when she recognised 20-year-old Hannah Sergel – a woman who had actually corresponded with Meghan through Instagram before she deactivated her social media accounts in January this year.
Hannah later posted a short video of her delightfully stunned reaction to Twitter.
the wee “oh my god” when she realises it’s me ???????????? pic.twitter.com/aHOfAty6a1
— hannah (@bellisariho) October 30, 2018
Hannah was equally shocked by the encounter – later saying she needed the NZ PM to comfort her.
“I am so shaky and flustered. When I first saw her, I cried,” she told New Zealand’s 1 NEWS.