Meghan Markle broke with royal custom as she embraced a charity worker in Edinburgh on Tuesday
Alice Thompson had spoken to Meghan about how she had been inspired by her 2015 UN Women speech
She is the co-founder of homeless charity Social Bite which was visited by Prince Harry and Meghan
Published: 16:44 EST, 13 February 2018 | Updated: 04:14 EST, 14 February 2018
It is not custom for the royal family to embrace members of the public, however Prince Harry's fiance Meghan Markle did away with tradition as she shared an 'emotional' hug with a charity worker on Tuesday.
The 36-year-old joined her husband-to-be in Edinburgh today where the pair paid a visit to the Social Bite centre, a Scottish charity for the homeless.
While she was there she met with the charity's co-founder Alice Thompson who told the bride-to-be that she had been 'deeply inspired' by her speech made at the UN Women conference in 2015.
The speech given by Meghan saw the former actress discuss female empowerment where she discussed tracing her feminism back to when she was 11 after becoming tired of women in the media represented 'in the kitchen.'
After hearing Alice's praise Meghan was pictured giving the charity worker a warm embrace after being 'clearly touched' by the woman's comments.
Meghan Markle stepped away from royal custom when she embraced charity worker Alice Thompson during her visit to Edinburgh on Tuesday
The bride-to-be hugged the co-founder of homeless charity Social Bite after she revealed she had been inspired by Meghan's 2015 UN Women's speech
Journalist Omid Scobie, who had been at the scene tweeted: 'Meghan shared a special moment with @SocialBite_ co-founder @AliceThommo, who admitted she had been deeply inspired by her 2015 @UN_Women speech. Clearly touched (and a little emotional), Meghan embraced her in a hug.'
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Local university student, Phoebe Libbish later tweeted a picture of the pair commenting 'Love this photo' to which Alice responded 'safe to say I love it too'.
Prince Harry appeared to be feeling equally friendly during his visit today – reserving praise for one well-wisher.
The 33-year-old royal complimented a red-haired hipster in the crowd during the walkabout on the couple's first official visit to Scotland, pointing at him before saying: 'Love your beard, well done!'
Meghan also revealed to onlookers that her hen do is all planned, although she does not know what it is. She told well-wishers in Edinburgh that it is 'sorted', although party-loving Harry isn't quite as prepared.
Alice (pictured) said that she 'loved' the photo after it was shared on Twitter by a local university student
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the Social Bite social enterprise, which distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland each year
Prince Harry (left) complimented a red-haired hipster (far right) in the crowd during his walkabout in Edinburgh today
The 33-year-old royal pointed at the man in the crowd in Edinburgh today, before saying: 'Love your beard, well done!'
Prince Harry received a rapturous welcome in Edinburgh todya – but also reserved praise for the red-haired man
'We asked them what they were doing for their stag and hen dos,' said Tom Martin, 30, who was visiting Edinburgh from London with Francesca Short, 27. 'Meghan said 'I'm not sure - it's sorted but it will be fun.' Harry said he didn't know. I'm sure William's got something up his sleeve.'
Ms Short added: 'They seem really nice, happy and relaxed. She seemed to take it all in her stride.' And Mr Martin said, 'She was introducing herself with 'Hi, I'm Meghan' as if no-one knew who she was.'
They were standing with au pair Josefine Hess, 28, an au pair from Germany - who stood out in a bright jacket. 'Harry said I was very clever for wearing a pink jacket,' she said.
'They were very confident together.' Meghan said to one group: 'Thank you for waiting in the cold for us. It's chilly.'
The couple ended the day at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where they met the First Minister during a reception to celebrate the achievements of young people in Edinburgh
Harry and Meghan meet Cruachan IV, the regimental mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, outside Edinburgh Castle
Harry and Meghan appeared to be delighted to meet Cruachan IV - and its very impressive hair - outside Edinburgh Castle
Harry and Meghan smile next to Cruachan IV as they make their first visit to the Scottish capital together today
Harry and Meghan meet the pony as they go on a walkabout outside Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital today
Harry and Meghan meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV today
Pony Major Wilkinson introduced Meghan and Harry to Cruachan IV, the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
The nine-year-old pony famously tried to eat the Queen's posy once but was on slightly better behaviour for the couple
Harry and Meghan laugh with each other as they meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson at Edinburgh Castle today
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle smile as they meet well-wishers outside Edinburgh Castle on their visit to Scotland today
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