Childminder who told Meghan Markle ‘you are literally so beautiful’ on Windsor Castle walkabout denies cruel online claims she was planted by Duchess of Sussex’s PR team
- Isabelle Charters was with her father, brother and boyfriend in Windsor last week
- She filmed video showing girl next to her hugging Meghan before the pair chat
- Has now been accused of being paid by Meghan’s PR team to wait in the crowd
- Ms Charters filmed TikTok video refuting claims and says meeting was genuine
A childminder who told Meghan Markle that she was ‘so beautiful’ outside Windsor Castle has denied online claims that she was planted by the Duchess of Sussex’s PR team.
Isabelle Charters, 25, was with her father, brother and boyfriend waiting with other mourners on the Long Walk in Windsor last Tuesday, September 13, when she spoke to Ms Markle.
She filmed a video as Prince Harry and Meghan arrived and showed the girl next to her in the crowd, Amelka Zak, 14, giving Meghan a hug.
Ms Charters then tells Meghan: ‘Oh my goodness. You are literally so beautiful.’
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Isabelle Charters (pictured), 25, was with her father, brother and boyfriend waiting with other mourners on the Long Walk in Windsor last Tuesday, September 13, when she spoke to Ms Markle
She (pictured in denim jacket) filmed a video as Prince Harry and Meghan arrived and showed the girl next to her in the crowd, Amelka Zak (between Ms Charters and Meghan), 14, giving Meghan a hug
But she has been left shocked after being accused on social media of being paid by Meghan Markle’s PR team to be there.
Some said she was planted in that exact spot so her team could find her.
Others also said Ms Charters and Meghan were old friends from the Invictus Games.
She was also wrongly accused of being Amelka’s mother.
Ms Charters filmed the moment Meghan came over to her and Amelka and posted it on TikTok where it has been viewed 30million times.
She said: ‘A lot of you might have seen the viral video going around at the moment.
‘That I posed of myself and the girl standing next to me having an interaction with Meghan.
But she has been left shocked after being accused on social media of being paid by Meghan Markle’s PR team to be there
‘This interaction was really up close and personal. The girl next to me did end up hugging Meghan and a lot of fake stories have risen from this video.’
Graduate Ms Charters – who most recently worked as a childminder – added: ‘I’m just here to clear it all up.
‘I’m the girl in the denim jacket who is next to the girl who hugs Meghan.
‘I’m the girl who says ”Oh my goodness. You are literally so beautiful”
‘Now for context. I have actually lived in Windsor my whole life. I was out in Windsor that day with my dad, my brother and my boyfriend.
‘This may shock you but the girl next to me who ended up hugging Meghan, I have never met in my life.
The teenager told CNN that she was happy to see the Princes and their wives reunited
‘I have no relationship with this girl. I’m not associated with her. We were purely next to each other in the crowd by chance. We were total strangers.’
She added: ‘However, we did end up bonding over the fact we were both really excited to see Meghan.
‘Originally we didn’t know she was going to be there. It was just William and Kate at first.
‘So when they said Meghan and Harry were going to come, I think out of the people around us we were the two that were the most excited by it.’
She added: ‘So here’s where it gets crazy. I have seen videos and articles saying that I am this girl’s mother, saying that Meghan’s PR team paid for me to be there.
‘I was planted in that spot, that I knew Meghan from before form the Invictus Games.’
The ‘fab four’ reunited at Windsor to mourn the death of The Queen; it was the first time the couples have been together in public since March 2020
She also said a body language expert said she looked like an actor
‘So ultimately I wanted to show that the experience and interaction that we had with Meghan was really lovely and genuine,’ she said.
‘And she was so kind to us, even though it was short it was really sweet and don’t believe everything you read online.’
Amelka told CNN that she had wanted to share a hug to show the royal that she was still liked by British people.
She said: ‘We were just waiting for her to come and she came near me and asked my name and how my day was, how long I was waiting.
‘And I asked her if I could have a hug, and she hugged me back. It was quite an amazing moment. I’m still shaking now.’
The startled teenager said she wanted to offer a warm welcome to the American after ‘everything that’s happened’.
‘Everyone was kind of cheering me on and I guess I felt like I needed to in a way, because I look up to her in someway and it felt like the right thing to do.’
She explained that she’d enjoying seeing the Princes reunited, saying: ‘It was quite nice to see William and Kate and Megan and Harry together.
‘And it was fine, but I just wanted to like show her that she’s, like, welcome here, I guess. And wanted to hug her after everything that’s happened, really, now.’
One accuser – called Genevieve – posted a photo of Ms Charters and one of a lookalike woman from the Invictus Games.
She said: ‘Can someone help me understand this? Same woman, yet it was made to look spontaneous.
‘How would they have known Meghan Markle was there as it was impromptu?
‘On the walk about, it was her daughter that hugged Meghan Markle and she told her ‘you are so beautiful’.
‘So this was clearly set up.’
Another social media user – called Cary – added: ‘And she was not a plant like Miss Amelka.’ She then questioned how much the pair were paid by Harry and Meghan.
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