Viral Meghan Markle superfan Isabelle Charters slams rumors she was PAID TO BE NICE to her

Isabelle Charters has denied online claims that she was planted by the Sussexes' PR team to capture the viral hug and be nice to Meghan

Viral Meghan Markle superfan Isabelle Charters slams rumors she was PAID TO BE NICE to her
Isabelle Charters (R) , posted the original video of the viral hug with Meghan Markle (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images/ BBC)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Meghan Markle had an unexpected 'good PR' moment while she was inspecting tributes and meeting with those gathered outside Windsor Castle on Saturday, Sept 10. A young woman stepped up to her and told her she was "beautiful" and "genuine" and also captured a video of her hugging the 14-year-old girl beside her. Their short but sweet interaction was captured on video that went viral on the Internet.

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But now, the Internet is casting doubts, wondering if the moment was faked by Meghan's PR team to get some much-needed "good publicity" for the Duchess. Conspiracy theorists claim that the young woman was a plant in the crowd and paid to be nice to Meghan. The woman in question, Isabelle Charters, 25, who is from Windsor, has denied the obnoxious claims and insisted that she was very excited to meet Meghan. She filmed a video when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived showing the girl next to her in the crowd, Amelka Zak, 14, giving Meghan a hug.

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Isabelle posted her own video of this cute meet-and-greet on her TikTok account, which captured the moment that the Duchess hugged Amelka before she herself spoke to Meghan and called her "so beautiful." The video has surpassed more than 30 million views on the app already.

Isabelle posted the moment on her TikTok (TikTok/ @izzychar97)
Isabelle posted the moment on her TikTok (TikTok/ @izzychar97)

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Isabelle Charter was with her father, brother and friend waiting with other mourners on the Long Walk in Windsor while Meghan and Harry greeted a few as they walked down the path. 

Many controversies came into light after she posted this video which went viral. Some said she was planted right there by the Sussexes' team so Meghan could spot her and approach. There were other claims that speculated about Isabelle and Meghan being old friends from the Invictus Games. Some even falsely accused Charters of being Amelka's mother. Isabelle was reportedly shocked when she came to know that she was  being accused on social media of being paid by Meghan Markle’s PR team to be there.

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“This interaction was really up close and personal. The girl next to me finally hugged Meghan and a lot of fake stories have emerged from this video.I’m just here to clean up.I’m the girl in the denim jacket standing next to the girl hugging Meghan.I’m the girl who says, ‘Oh my god. You are literally so beautiful'. Now for context. I’ve actually lived in Windsor all my life. I was in Windsor that day with my father, my brother and my friend. It may shock you, but I’ve never met the girl next to me who hugged Meghan.I’m not in a relationship with this girl. I am not associated with her. Coincidentally, we were just standing next to each other in the crowd. We were complete strangers. However, we bonded over the fact that we were both really excited to see Meghan. Originally we didn’t know she would be there. At first it was just William and Kate. So when they said Meghan and Harry were coming, I think of the people around us we were the two most excited about it," she told CNN about the heartfelt moment.

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Isabelle told CNN about the incidents and denied the claims that she was planted there by the PR team (CNN)
The teen was interviewed by CNN about the incident (CNN)

A lady, @_Genevieves_ posted a picture on Twitter and asked "Can someone help me understand this? Same woman, yet it was made to look spontaneous. How would they have known MM was there as it was improptu? On the walk about, it was her daughter that hugged MM & she told her "you are so beautiful" so this was clearly set up.

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Isabelle denied the claims by telling CNN, "So this is where things get crazy. I’ve seen videos and articles that say I’m this girl’s mom and Meghan’s PR team paid for me to be there. I was planted in that spot... that I knew Meghan from before the Invictus Games"

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She concluded her argument by saying "So ultimately I wanted to show that the experience and interaction we had with Meghan was really beautiful and genuine, and she was so nice to us, even if it was short, it was very sweet and don’t believe everything you read online.”

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