‘Oh my God!’ Meghan Markle’s reaction when she spots an Instagrammer she used to follow among the crowds of royal fans in New Zealand
- Meghan Markle’s jaw dropped when she met a familiar fan in New Zealand
- The Duchess of Sussex spotted Hannah Sergel in a crowd of adoring fans
- Hannah said the pair used to message each other when Duchess had Instagram
A young woman was left in tears of joy after Meghan Markle recognised her familiar face in a sea of adoring fans.
Hannah Sergel was among the huge crowd that turned out to greet the Duchess of Sussex and her husband at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand.
The 20-year-old and Meghan used to message one another on Instagram before the Duchess deleted her account following her engagement to Prince Harry.
Meghan’s jaw dropped the moment she spotted Hannah.
Meghan Markle’s jaw-dropped when she recognised a young New Zealand woman she used to follow on Instagram while meeting fans in Auckland
The Duchess of Sussex quickly rushed over to meet Hannah Sergel after spotting her in a crowd of adoring fans
Meghan warmly embraced Hannah just before leaving the Viaduct Harbour engagement
‘Oh my god’, the Duchess exclaimed as she rushed over to greet Hannah, who was holding a ‘It’s Hannah from Instagram’ sign.
The Duchess gave Hannah a warm hug and accepted a letter she had written.
‘I was friends with her on Instagram before she had to deactivate her account. We used to have conversations and stuff on there,’ Hannah told 1 News.
‘She would tell me to do well at university and encourage me to be myself.’
Hannah had waited for the Duchess while holding a ‘It’s Hannah from Instagram’ sign
The stylish Duke and Duchess of Sussex headed down to Viaduct Harbour for a public meet and greet on Tuesday afternoon
Hundreds of royal fans had turned out in Auckland to catch a glimpse of the royal couple
Hannah said she was left ‘so shaky and flustered’ following the encounter, adding Meghan’s jaw-dropping reaction ‘means the world to me’.
The Duchess had told Hannah ‘Thank you for getting in touch’ and ‘said she would read my letter that I gave her’.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern later comforted Hannah and sent her a photo of Meghan’s priceless reaction.
The public walkabout in Auckland was held on Tuesday, the third day of the royal couple’s tour of New Zealand.
The Duke and Duchess are spending Wednesday in Rotorua before flying home to London.
It brings to an end a marathon 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand – the first royal tour for the Duke and Duchess since their May wedding.