The Duchess of Sussex, 38, returned to work yesterday for her first official public engagement since the birth of her son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in May.
Arriving in London to launch a high street clothing range in aid of charity Smart Works, the former actress bestowed plenty of warm hugs to those she met, despite it contradicting royal protocol.
And experts have suggested that the duchess could be continuing Princess Diana’s legacy of comforting those she met, while also showing she is a ‘modern, successful woman’ in her own right.
Former butler to Prince Charles, Grant Harrold, suggested Meghan is ‘showing that the British royal family is a modern 21st-century family’ and that she is ‘carrying on Diana’s tradition’ by hugging children and adults.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge, 37, follows ‘royal etiquette to the letter’, offering only handshakes unless the other person – such as young children – goes in for a hug.
‘As a future Queen Kate has always followed royal etiquette to the letter and this would include using the handshake as the norm,’ says body language expert Judi James.
‘Being a royal wife has been pretty much Kate’s only “career” so she went into the “business” before she learned any other body language traits or rituals.
‘Meghan came into royal life as a woman who was successful and famous in her own right and so brought her way of doing things with her into that new life.’