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That's me and Meghan! Dubliner Jacqui's joy at being in royal newlywed's favourite photo

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Jacqui O’Halloran (holding phone) meets Meghan Markle in the famous photograph taken by Gerry Mooney back in July.

Jacqui O’Halloran (holding phone) meets Meghan Markle in the famous photograph taken by Gerry Mooney back in July.

Jacqui O’Halloran (holding phone) meets Meghan Markle in the famous photograph taken by Gerry Mooney back in July.

The Dublin woman whose path crossed with Meghan Markle on her visit earlier this summer has said it was a "whirlwind" experience meeting the newest addition to the royal family.

Jacqui O'Halloran, from Rathfarnham, told the Herald how she "couldn't get over" being featured in Gerry Mooney's photograph, which Meghan picked out for her thank you cards to fans.

A long-time fan, Jacqui has kept up with the royals since Princess Diana joined their ranks.

When Prince Harry came to Dublin earlier this summer, Jacqui was lucky enough to have a split-second chat with his new wife Meghan - a moment that has now been eternalised.

Jacqui knew there had been a clip of her on Kensington Palace's Instagram account but she hadn't realised the photo had been taken until last week.

Jacqui ended up beside two women from Belfast wearing 'When Harry Met Meghan' T-shirts as she waited for newlywed Meghan and Harry to emerge from Trinity.

A guard warned the trio that they might not get a chance to see the royals as they were meant to walk in the opposite direction. But Meghan and Harry had other ideas.

"When they came out of the Book of Kells they turned left immediately so they would be closer to the fans and people to see them," said Jacqui.

"Then they were walking along, and Meghan came first, and I said, 'Welcome to Dublin. Did you see the girls' T-shirts?' She stood back then and looked and she couldn't get over that they had these T-shirts.

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"It was at that moment that the photograph was taken.

"Then Harry came along, and I said 'hello' to him.

"I've been following the royals since he was born. I was the same age as Princess Diana so that's when I started following them. Well, I love the queen, too, so I followed her, but I had never been lucky enough to meet any of them. It was really coincidental."

Jacqui, who is originally from Cork, thought that while Meghan and Diana were probably similar in personality, it was Princess Diana who had a lot more to get used to when she married Prince Charles in 1981.

"Princess Diana was only 19 when she got married but Meghan has already been in front of the cameras. She is an actress, she's mature, she's 37 - they are very different," she said.

Jacqui is curious as to what drew Meghan to the photo, but realises she will "never know".


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