Meghan Markle was quite popular in the United States before she became a British royal, and her star power may be growing even more now than ever. Still, she manages to keep herself connected to the people around her.
This week, she was a special guest at the Royal Academy of Arts and she shared a special nose greeting with performers at the event. The ‘Hongi’ is a symbolic pressing of the noses greeting among the Maori people of New Zealand and is like the handshake.
What makes this even the more delightful is the grace with which she performed the greeting. Some people may find it awkward getting that close to a total stranger, but the Duchess of Sussex did not seem to mind at all.
The Duchess of Sussex was attending the Oceania exhibition in London at the Royal Arts Academy on September 25. This is the first major survey of oceanic art to hold in the United Kingdom. Also, this happens to be the first royal engagement the Duchess is attending alone.
Meghan embraces traditional Maori greeting at the opening of the Oceania exhibition in London - marking her first solo engagement as a royal.#DuchessOfSussex #MeghanMarkle #RAOceania pic.twitter.com/zJAI0NNe44— On Demand News (@ODN) September 26, 2018
Trust royal fans to slide in comments about the event and the Duchess. For the most part, their reactions are quite predictable. Meghan Markle never fails to wow her fans with her stunning outfits, even if she is rubbing noses and probably grinning while at it.
That’s not a bad thing— 🌞𝒞𝓇𝓎𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓁🌛 (@CelestialxFirex) September 26, 2018
what a beautiful person— deb (@simplyreadwrite) September 26, 2018
The royals are used to it
She is not the only member of the Royal family who has experienced the ‘Hongi’. Over the past six years, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry have all participated in ‘Hongi’. In April 2014, Prince William and his wife Catherine visited New Zealand and were greeted with the ‘Hongi’.
Later on, in 2015, Prince Harry also experienced the ‘Hongi’ for himself. Before that in 2012, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited New Zealand as part of their tour to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee. He also did the ‘Hongi’.
Different people around the world show respect in different ways and also greet strangers and familiar people differently. Maybe you could try out the ‘Hongi’ now that you know it.