Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Attend First Official Royal Engagement Together
By Rachel Maresca
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This soon-to-be husband and wife already make a great team.
The newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out together holding hands on Friday in Nottingham, England, at the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair.
This marks their first public eventand their first royal duties together since their engagement was formally announced earlier this week. The 36-year-old actress braved the chilly weather in super stylish black suede boots and a chic navy coat over a beige skirt and black top. As for Prince Harry, he matched his bride-to-be by also sporting a blue coat.
The smiling Markle was photographed getting a very warm welcome from people on the street who handed her cards and flowers.
The palace noted in a statement that Prince Harry, 33, has been very vocal about his passion in raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and was “looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him."
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle arrive in Nottingham for their first official visit together since announcing their engagement. pic.twitter.com/iXXrJEumxk
“I think what's been really exciting as we talk about the transition of this out of my career but into the role is that, as you said, the causes that have been very important to me, I can focus even more energy on,” said Markle, who recently ended her seven-year stint as an actress on USA’s Suits.
“Very early out of the gate, I think you realize once you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen to, it comes with a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously, and I think, at the same time, at these beginning few months and now being boots on the ground in the U.K.," she continued. "I'm excited, really, to know more [about] the different communities here and the organizations we're working on, the same causes I have always been passionate about under this umbrella, and also being able to go around to the commonwealth, which is just the beginning."
Prince Harry has been to Nottingham many times before and is delighted to be introducing the city to Ms. Markle. pic.twitter.com/wyLn1v0QfQ
Markle said she doesn’t look at this transition into life as a royal as giving up anything.
“I just see it as a change,” she said. “It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on my show for seven years, so we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series, and for me, once we hit the 100th episode marker I thought, ‘You know what? I have ticked this box’ and I feel really proud of the work I’ve done there and now it’s time to, as you said, work as a team with you.”