A Team USA sailor hilariously broke royal protocol this week when he met Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Australia and gave him a giant bear hug. Meghan Markle was by Prince Harry’s side, of course, and found the entire thing hilarious.
Here’s what happened: While watching a sailing event on the opening day of the Invictus Games in Australia, Markle and Prince Harry were greeted by a sailor who was so excited to meet them that he wrapped his arms around the Duke of Sussex and literally picked him up. “Now that’s a hug,” Markle observed, laughing as the sailor embraced her husband and patted him on the head.
When it was Markle’s turn to say hello, Prince Harry went into full protective mode and warned the man, “Now don’t hug her like that!”
“No, I know man,” the man told Prince Harry before giving Markle (who just announced she’s pregnant last week) a less-intense hug.
Watch this go down for yourself, below:
While royal protocol technically says commoners aren’t allowed to touch royals, this one seems to fall under the category of “rules Meghan and Harry are cool with breaking,” along with showing off public displays of affection and messy buns. On a recent visit to Sussex, Prince Harry even made one woman’s
day life when he kissed her hand. And on one of the first days of their Australian tour, the couple broke protocol yet again by taking a photo with a fan who looked like a young Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are halfway through their Australian tour, and over the weekend the palace revealed that Markle would be bowing out of some of her scheduled appearances for the rest of the trip. She opted to stay home and rest while Prince Harry presented the Invictus Game medals on Sunday morning, but thankfully she was there to witness the greatest hug of all time.