Prince harry and markle de­light crowd

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

NOT­TING­HAM:Bri­tain’s Prince Harry and his Amer­i­can fi­ancee Meghan Markle de­lighted cheer­ing crowds who braved the cold on Fri­day to watch the cou­ple on their first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment to­gether. Queen El­iz­a­beth’s grand­son Harry, 33, fifth-in-line to the throne, and US ac­tress Markle, 36, pre­vi­ously best known for her lead­ing role in le­gal drama Suits, an­nounced their en­gage­ment on Mon­day, ig­nit­ing a transat­lantic me­dia frenzy. In Not­ting­ham, the pair, both wear­ing long navy over­coats, greeted hun­dreds of smil­ing well-wish­ers, some wav­ing Bri­tish and US flags. “We love Harry, and Meghan - she looks beau­ti­ful doesn’t she?” Betty Parker, 78, told Reuters as she waited to meet the cou­ple. “We’re so happy for them both,” Mary Cooper, 60, said. “We al­ways come and see him when­ever he comes here and it’s lovely that he keeps com­ing to Not­ting­ham and has sort of adopted this city.” The cou­ple were vis­it­ing a char­ity fair to mark World Aids Day, an event par­tic­u­larly sym­bolic for Harry whose late mother Princess Diana is cred­ited with play­ing an im­por­tant role in break­ing down the stigma that was at­tached to the dis­ease.The event, held by the Ter­rence Hig­gins Trust, re­mem­bers lives lost to HIV and marks the progress made in fight­ing it. Af­ter­wards, the cou­ple went to Not­ting­ham Academy to meet head­teach­ers from lo­cal schools and hear about the Full Ef­fect pro­gramme, an ini­tia­tive sup­ported by the char­ity of Harry, his el­der brother Prince Wil­liam and Wil­liam’s wife Kate, which seeks to de­ter chil­dren from be­com­ing in­volved in vi­o­lence. After the first in­ter­view of the Royal cou­ple Bri­tain’s news­pa­pers were rife with spec­u­la­tion on Wed­nes­day about the mys­tery match­maker of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who met on a blind date in Lon­don last year. On its front page, the Times news­pa­per de­clared that it was the fash­ion de­signer Misha Nonoo, who was born in Bahrain and raised in Lon­don. How­ever, the Daily Tele­graph had a dif­fer­ent so­lu­tion. It said Vi­o­let Von Westen­holz, who had been friends with Harry since he was a teenager, was be­hind the ro­mance. The cou­ple an­nounced on Tues­day they would wed in March next year at St Ge­orge’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Cas­tle, which has been the fam­ily home of Bri­tish kings and queens for al­most 1,000 years.

UK’s Prince Harry with fi­ancee Meghan Markle

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