Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wow crowds in Scotland on one-day tour

Royal wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wow crowds in Scotland on one-day tour

MEGHAN Markle charmed the thousands of Scots who had turned out to greet her as she wrapped up in tartan coat for her first official visit to Scotland with Prince Harry.

The pair visited Edinburgh as part of a series of royal engagements leading up to their wedding later this year on May 19.

They met members of the public during a walkabout in the Scottish capital on the eve of Valentine’s Day, reports The Sun.

The trip to Scotland marks the fourth public appearance Markle and Harry have made together.

Harry and meghan Markle were swamped by fans in Edinburgh.
Camera IconHarry and meghan Markle were swamped by fans in Edinburgh.Picture: Getty Images, Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet a Shetland Pony as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle.
Camera IconPrince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet a Shetland Pony as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle.Picture: AP, AP/Frank Augstein

It follows their successful visits to Nottingham, Brixton in south London and Cardiff in the months that followed their engagement announcement in November.

Today, they made their first stop at the esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle where they were officially welcomed by the Royal Marines Scotland Band.

The couple appeared as loved up as ever.
Camera IconThe couple appeared as loved up as ever.Picture: Getty Images, Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The pair stood still to watch the firing of the One O’Clock Gun.

Una Mallon, a mother of four, 47, from Belfast, was excited as she tried to catch a glimpse of the couple.

Crowds wait for the arrival of the popular couple.
Camera IconCrowds wait for the arrival of the popular couple.Picture: AFP, AFP/Andy Buchanan

She said: “We are expecting to see Meghan and Harry, we are so excited.

“My prediction is that Meghan is going to be our new Diana. A wee touch of Meghan adds a bit of sparkle.

“She’s already working behind the scenes as she’s doing secret visits. She is passionate about her causes and I think Harry and her are going to be the perfect team.

Meghan Markle again proved a huge hit with royal fans.
Camera IconMeghan Markle again proved a huge hit with royal fans.Picture: Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

“I always have a soft spot for Kate and William, but I think together the boys are doing a great job and their partners show great support.

“We are big fans of the Royal Family. We are visiting Edinburgh for the half term and we are actually considering moving to Edinburgh soon.”

The couple visited Social Bite, a business that distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people each year.
Camera IconThe couple visited Social Bite, a business that distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people each year.Picture: AFP, AFP/Owen Humphreys

Kim Cameron, 55, from Danderhall, Midlothian, added: “I just want to see them because I love the Royal Family. I want to show them love and support.

“Harry is our favourite, he seems more down to earth. He could be your best friend, just the kind of guy you want to have a beer with. Both of them are like that.

Meghan Markle speaks to wellwishers during a walkabout in Edinurgh.
Camera IconMeghan Markle speaks to wellwishers during a walkabout in Edinurgh.Picture: AP, Andrew Milligan/Pool Photo via AP

“They seem happy and they try to be as normal as possible. It’s just very exciting and I love the energy too.”

The couple then visited Social Bite, a cafe and social business that tackles homelessness — a cause close to Harry’s heart.

The couple at Social Bite, which employs people formerly affected by homelessness.
Camera IconThe couple at Social Bite, which employs people formerly affected by homelessness.Picture: AFP, AFP/Owen Humphreys

The organisation runs social enterprise cafes throughout Scotland and distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to the homeless each year.

They also employ staff who have experienced homelessness themselves and are working on a housing project for the homeless.

Prince Harry meets the people.
Camera IconPrince Harry meets the people.Picture: AP, Andrew Milligan/Pool Photo via AP

The two stopped to learn more about the social enterprise and toured the kitchen.

It was another high-profile visit for the Social Bite as Holywood star George Clooney stopped by for a sandwich at their premises in 2015.

The couple rounded off their visit by attending a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements.

Meghan Markle showed off a stunning Burberry tartan coat during the outing.
Camera IconMeghan Markle showed off a stunning Burberry tartan coat during the outing.Picture: Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Year of Young People is an initiative aiming to inspire Scotland through its youngsters by celebrating their achievements and strengthening their voice on social issues.

Youth representatives from various charities and organisations that work with and for young people across the country were present.

And the reception provided an opportunity for them to discuss their aspirations for the year and the activities that they have been involved in so far.

Fans got up close to the newest member of the royal family.
Camera IconFans got up close to the newest member of the royal family.Picture: Getty Images, Andrew Milligan/WPA/Getty Images

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.

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