Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made their first joint official public engagement in Nottingham, with the duo wearing matching long navy coats to brave the arctic conditions. Meghan’s coat is called ‘The Elodie’ and is from her beloved Canadian-brand Mackage and she has worn it before after stepping off a plane in Toronto.
The soon-to-be-wed couple were greeted by crowds of well-wishers, as they arrived in the city ahead of their visit to a World Aids Day charity fair, hosted by the Terrence Higgins Trust. Also on the agenda for today is a visit to a local school, where they will meet head teachers to raise awareness of HIV/Aids and local work to combat youth crime. Later on, they will watch a ‘hip hopera’ performance at Nottingham Academy.
A former royal spokesperson, Dickie Arbiter, told the BBC: ‘They've taken their time, they're talking to as many people as possible - it has been the best part of half an hour. It is important that they meet as many people as possible. They are standing out there, they're cold, they've been waiting a long time, and the feeling is if they have waited for us, then we can spend as much time as possible with them.’
Under her coat, Meghan is wearing a black polo neck with midi-length skirt from Joseph and £229 'Violet' boots from KG by Kurt Geiger. The £595 skirt hasn’t sold out yet, although there are only a few sizes left available. Her £585 coat is no longer available on Mackage’s website. She is also carrying a handbag, which is unusual for members of the royal family, save the Queen, of course.
Meghan and Harry announced their engagement on Monday after 15 months of dating. They are due to get married next May at Windsor Castle, with the event set to be televised. Sadly, there will be no bank holiday to mark the occasion, although it is speculated that it will occur during the late May bank holiday anyway.
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