An Irish senator has backtracked on a blunder claiming Meghan Markle broke royal protocol by expressing a political view.
The Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry are in Dublin for their first foreign trip as a married couple.
But just hours into their two-day visit they ran into a spot of bother.
Irish politician Catherine Noone posted on Facebook suggesting Meghan had agreed with the country’s recent referendum result in favour of legalising abortion.
The senator said: "A pleasure to meet Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex at the British Ambassador’s Residence this evening.
"The Duchess and I had a chat about the recent referendum result – she watched with interest and was pleased to see the result."
The comments suggest that Meghan may have broken royal protocol by expressing political opinon.
Since the 17th century, members of the British monarchy have been banned from doing just that, which includes voting.
From an early age, former Suits star Meghan was politically active.
Aged just 11 she successfully campaigned to have a washing detergent advert’s sexist language changed.
She also said in 2016 she would move to Canada if "misogynistic" Donald Trump was elected US president.
Senator Noone’s comments were quickly removed and a later tweet simply read: "A pleasure to meet Prince Harry & the Duchess of Sussex at the British Ambassador’s Residence this evening."
Posting a screenshot of her first post, Luke Silke tweeted: "The Queen will be cross!"
He added that Prince Harry is "in for an almighty dressing down when they go home".
Daily Mirror royal correspondent Russell Myers tweeted: "Astonishing candidness from @ senatornoone"
The senator, who chaired the parliamentary committee on abortion, replied: "I clarified – it was a very benign chat, she expressed no political opinion.
"She was interested and charming."
She later replied again saying: "It was misleading so I deleted it."
Harry and Meghan are in the Irish capital at the request of the British government.
The trip – their first overseas since marrying in May – is expected to help strengthen relations between the two countries.
The newlyweds have told aides they hope to meet as many Irish people as possible, and get a real feel for places and organisations "central to Irish life".
It is the first time Harry , 33, has visited southern Ireland.
Meghan, 36, has already visited as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.
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