Meghan Markle Was So Sweet To A Fan At AOL Build In 2016

Maija Kappler

If the U.K. press is to be believed, Meghan Markle is a ruthless and manipulative republican hell-bent on destroying the Royal Family, unless her fondness for avocado ruins the world first.

We may never know if she truly had the audacity to demand there be an air freshener at her wedding, an unverified demand the Daily Mail branded “dictatorial.” But through a clip that’s making the rounds on Twitter, we do have proof — on video! — of a time she was exceedingly lovely to a fan.

Meghan Markle onstage at AOL Build on March 17, 2016.

Watch the video in question below. Story continues after the video. 

Before she married Prince Harry, Meghan was an actress living in Toronto and working on the TV show, “Suits.” She volunteered at a charity helping homeless people, adopted a rescue dog, and had already served as a UN Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership. 

In March 2016, a little more than two years before she joined the royal family, Meghan appeared on AOL’s Build Series in New York. (Quick disclosure: AOL/Build is owned by Verizon Media, the company that also owns HuffPost Canada.)

When the conversation turned to social media, Markle talked about how she’s used the internet to connect with fans — then goes on to shout out one particular audience member by name, run through a list of her accomplishments, and personally hand her a letter she wrote.

Meghan Markle meets Emily, a fan who she connected with on Twitter, at AOL Build in 2016.

The two hug and then chat briefly, while Emily — who told Meghan via Twitter that she’s headed on an aid mission to Costa Rica — also gives her a letter, which Meghan seems genuinely excited to receive. “It’s so good to finally meet you,” Meghan says.

She goes on to tell the moderator that she feels “a really big responsibility” to use her celebrity status for good. 

“If you have this kind of job, and you have an opportunity to have a profile where people are listening to what you’re saying, I really, truly think you need to be saying something that’s valuable,” she said.

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