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Bring it in! All the times the Royals broke with protocol and handed out hugs

Because nothing beats a warm embrace.

By Bella Brennan
Say what you want about the British Royal Family but in these tough times of what can sometimes feel like constant doom and gloom, they're the flicker of joy the world needs.
In a pre-COVID world, these royals knew the power of a hug can make a stranger's day.
While you'll never catch the more senior members like Queen Elizabeth cuddling commoners, over the years the next generation of royals have often broken with rigid tradition and gotten close with the public.
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Prince Harry is a big hugger and admits his "naughty streak" helps him "relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble."
While his wife Meghan Markle reportedly once told palace staff: "I'm American. I hug."
Of course the late Princess Diana paved the way for them and changed the way the royals ruled.
"Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children," Diana once said. Adding, "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."
Even the future King of England, Prince Charles, has totally overhauled his approach and is often spotted handing out heartfelt squeezes.
While hugs may be off the cards until the end of the pandemic, we're taking a trip down memory lane and revisiting the best royal hugs of all time!

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