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The Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry surprised the crowds at Windsor Castle on Saturday (10 September) alongside Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales.
The royals spoke to mourners, collected flowers, cards and tributes to the Queen and one young member of the crowd was particularly emotional.
The young woman was also clearly in shock meeting Meghan and it seems the mother-of-two was just as moved receiving a warm reaction - resulting in the pair embracing in a hug.
The tender moment was captured by news cameras as Meghan and the fan shared - who stood in shock with her hand over her mouth - a few kind words before the teen asked: “Can I have a hug?”
The 41-year-old happily obliged and wrapped her arms around the fan, who started to shed a few tears.
Meghan last appeared as a working royal on Commonwealth Day in 2020 in the days before she and Prince Harry stepped down after a flurry of negative press.
The pair moved abroad before settling in California, and only returned to the UK together in June for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Most people on Twitter loved the adorable moment between Meghan and the young girl, with many claiming the fan helped to make Meghan feel welcome.
"I agree that hug gave Meghan some healing," one person wrote on Twitter. "A beautiful thing that young lady did more so probably than she’ll ever know."
A young girl was able to recognise the pain and hate that British tabloids and people on Twitter have given Harry and Meghan, even giving her a hug but the older generation who think they know the whole story and are horrible to M cannot be kind ?— CiCi (@badbitcci) September 12, 2022
That hug was the first time I’ve teared up throughout this whole thing. Meghan hugged her so tight you could tell that kindness meant so much to her.— MelV*OC (@melv8727) September 10, 2022
While another spectator tweeted: "That hug was the first time I’ve teared up throughout this whole thing. Meghan hugged her so tight you could tell that kindness meant so much to her."
One person praised the teen for being 'compassionate'. They tweeted: "I felt like this hug was all of us wrapping our arms around Meghan. So grateful to this sweet girl for being compassionate and loving towards our Princess. I’m sure she needed it."
And someone else echoed the importance of hugs. "Lady in the crowd asking #Meghan for a hug there, in Windsor, and #Meghan agreeing. #Hugs are good," they said.
One person asked why older people cannot show the same level of kindness.
"A young girl was able to recognise the pain and hate that British tabloids and people on Twitter have given Harry and Meghan, even giving her a hug but the older generation who think they know the whole story and are horrible to M cannot be kind?"
Journalist and author Omid Scobie shared: "After chatting, hugging and sharing sympathies with members of the public for over 40 minutes, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have headed back into the Windsor Estate together.
"Both couples left in the same car, driven by William."