Kate Middleton appears to be pushing back at Meghan Markle’s claim she is not a ‘hugger’

The Princess of Wales is on a hugging spree

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This week's royal engagements have seen Kate Middleton hugging more and more fans, with some speculating she is subtly pushing back at Meghan Markle's previous claim she is not a 'hugger'.

Kate Middleton is on a hugging spree. Across her royal engagements this week, the royal has seemingly been embracing as many fans and familiar faces as she has time for her.

From hugging Captain Preet Chandi to congratulate her on her record-breaking expedition in Antarctica on Wednesday 8 February, to sweetly embracing one of her former teachers the following day, there has been no shortage of coverage detailing the affectionate actions of the Princess. 

And royal fans think there's a reason for this. The publicised embraces have left many speculating that this hugging spree is Kate's attempt to push back at Meghan Markle's claims she is overly formal and definitely not a hugger. 

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In her and Prince Harry's Netflix docuseries, Meghan recalled the first time that she met Kate. Speaking about the meeting, where Meghan said she was "in ripped jeans and barefoot," Meghan said, "Like I was a hugger, always been a hugger. I didn't realise that that is really jarring for a lot of Brits."

"I guess I'd start to understand very quickly that the formality on the outside, carried through on the inside," she continued. "There is a forward-facing way of being and then you close the door and you relax now. But that formality carries over on both sides. And that was surprising to me."

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Despite Meghan's claims, a friend of Kate's recently told People that she does not see how Meghan got that impression from the "warm and friendly" Kate. She told the publication, "Kate's a big hugger. She is warm and friendly and greets everyone with a big hug and kiss. It comes naturally to her to be like that."

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