Meghan Markle has joined WhatsApp and she has a favourite emoji

Yes, Meghan!

The new generation of royals is a hit with the public for the simple reason that they are relatable.

Gone are the days where we would only see a royal waving from Buckingham Palace balcony. Now they are accessible, all over social media, from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s love of emojis to Princess Eugenie dominating Instagram with her behind the scenes royal snaps and the Queen and Prince Philip’s Twitter account.

But it doesn’t stop there – it seems like behind closed doors they’re pretty down to earth too, with it emerging that there is a royal family WhatsApp group.

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Stay cool and eat ice cream! 🍦#flashbackfriday

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In an interview with The Mirror, former rugby player Mike Tindall (who is married to the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall) explained that he and a few members of the Royal household have a group WhatsApp.

‘Me, my brother and then a few of Zara’s side like her brother Pete and the cousins are on WhatsApp groups. I wouldn’t say we’re cutting edge, but it’s just easier for some reason on WhatsApp.’

Could the royal WhatsApp group be getting a new member? It looks like it, with Meghan Markle announcing at the launch of her capsule collection, The Smart Set, yesterday that she had officially joined the messaging site.

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Last month, The Duchess of Sussex surprised Smart Works clients during the capsule collection shoot in west London…Today, The Duchess, alongside @SmartWorksCharity – in partnership with @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo – are incredibly proud to reveal to everyone, #TheSmartSet – a five piece capsule collection that will equip the Smart Works clients with the classic wardrobe pieces to help them feel confident as they mobilise back into the work space. • “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact. It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Today, a year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good. Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of” – The Duchess of Sussex The collection – which features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today, with the objective of selling enough units to give Smart Works the essentials they need to help dress clients for the coming year! For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one will be donated to Smart Works, this 1:1 model allows customers to directly support the Smart Works women by playing a part in their success story – how they look and more importantly, how they feel. Photo © @JennyZarins

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After being told by one of the charity’s clients, 28-year-old Paralegal, Selam Mengitsu, that they had started a Smart Works WhatsApp group for the women who have benefited from the charity, Meghan announced that she had just started with the app.

Yes, the Duchess of Sussex reportedly explained that she had just joined the messaging service but was eager for an invite to the group, and according to the Telegraph told the women that she might ‘pop in’ with her favourite emoji – the waving hand – from time to time.

Royals – they’re just like us!

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