Touching moment Meghan hugs an Instagram fan, 17, who she recognised
26th December 2018

Touching moment Meghan hugs an Instagram fan, 17, who she recognised in the crowd at Sandringham

  • Meghan Markle spotted Jessica Daniels, 17, among crowd at the Norfolk church 
  • Jessica had followed the duchess on Instagram and they had often messaged
  • The duchess previously recognised another social media friend in New Zealand 

Jessica Daniels, 17, was among hundreds who turned out to greet the Royal Family after their Christmas Day church service in Sandringham

Meghan Markle today embraced a teenager she made friends with years ago on Instagram after recognising her in the crowd at Sandringham.  

Jessica Daniels, 17, would often message the Suits actress on social media before she deactivated her accounts.

The teenager had been holding up a sign with her Instagram username, Jessica Scarlett, on it as she waited in the crowd outside St Mary’s Magdalene church this morning.

When Meghan recognised the name, she instantly gave her old social media friend a hug. 

Jessica, from Peterborough, said she would often ask Meghan questions or tell the former actress about her day through Instagram.

She said: ‘I started watching Suits, then I started following her on social media and then followed her acting and followed her humanitarian work, so I’ve been a fan of her for years.

‘There were a group of us girls on social media she became kind of close with and interacted a lot online.

The teenager, who had followed the Duchess on social media before she deactivated her accounts, had been holding up a small sign with her Instagram username on it

Jessica Daniels, from Peterborough (right), described her meeting with the duchess as ‘amazing’

‘This is the first time I’ve met her, she just said “It’s so lovely to meet you, incredible to finally see you” and she was asking how we all are and if we’re still talking and supporting each other.’

The Suits fan also said Meghan used to comment on her photographs on social media.  


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Jessica was among hundreds who turned out to greet the Royal Family after their Christmas Day church service. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent time greeting hundreds of well-wishers as they waited in the cold.

The teenager used to message Meghan Markle to ask her questions and often told the duchess about her day

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been greeting hundreds of well-wishers outside St Mary’s Magdalene church in Sandringham, Norfolk

The Duchess previously recognised another Instagrammer at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland during her and Prince Harry’s tour of New Zealand in October. 

Hannah Sergel, 20, used to speak with the duchess online and had held up a colourful sign baring her social media handle in the crowd.

Ms Sergel had confided with Meghan about her health battle – and the former actress sent her messages encouraging her to be herself and work hard at university.


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the Christmas Day church service

Kate and Meghan laughed together as they walked towards St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas morning

The 20-year-old was left in tears of joy when the duchess, in a £1,728 custom cream dress by Brandon Maxwell, spotted her among the thousands of adoring royal fans.

Meghan’s jaw dropped when she noticed Ms Sergel – who then handed her a letter. 

It came on the final day of their visit, during which the couple were also gifted Maori coats in a traditional ceremony and visited a Kiwi hatchery before taking part in a redwood walk.

Meghan Markle’s jaw-dropped when she recognised a young New Zealand woman she used to follow on Instagram while meeting fans in Auckland in October

Hannah (left) had waited for the Duchess while holding an ‘It’s Hannah from Instagram’ sign she had started making days earlier

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