Thursday, 18 January 2018

Prince Harry & Meghan Charm Cardiff as Their Pre-Wedding Tour Continues!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Cardiff for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales, and to learn more about some of the organisations working in communities across the country.

The engagements are part of the couple's plan to visit communities around the UK ahead of the wedding in May, not only to introduce Meghan who will officially be a Duchess in four months, but to give her an opportunity to get to know organisations on the ground and the work they are doing. At this point, she will be considering which charities and causes she wishes to lend her patronage to.

It's Harry and Meghan's third day of official duties; days after their engagement announcement they undertook a day of engagements in Nottingham and last week they enjoyed a visit to Brixton. They received a rousing welcome on both occasions, and it was a case of more of the same in the Welsh capital as locals turned out to welcome Prince Harry and his future bride to Wales.

Wales Online reports:

'Lord Mayor of Cardiff Bob Derbyshire said the capital was “proud” to welcome the couple. He said: “Cardiff is very proud to welcome Prince Harry and Ms Markle to the city. I am sure they will enjoy their visit and we hope this will be the first of many for the couple to the Welsh capital.”

Harry and Meghan arrived later than scheduled due to a train delay.

They greeted crowds upon arrival.

A kiss for Meghan.

Meghan thanked well wishers for waiting and braving the cold, adding she "appreciated" it.

Once again, she was a hit with those she met.

Meghan was presented with daffodils, the National Flower of Wales.

Kensington Palace tweeted "Prynhawn da Caerdydd! What an incredible welcome to Wales!"

Meghan confirmed Harry is a feminist.

More from People:

One fan, Jessica Phillips, 23, told Meghan how she admired her outspoken views on women’s rights and feminism. “He’s a feminist too, so there’s that,” Meghan told Phillips. “She was so lovely,” said Phillips. “I said it was really lovely to have a feminist in the royal family, and she said Harry is a feminist too.”

Meghan wrote a message for a girl named Caitlin. Her mum Rachel tweeted "That's going to be her most treasured possession ever. One happy mummy here".

Chris Jackson Twitter/Rachel Clarke Twitter

People reports:

Harry, 33, and the L.A.-raised Meghan, 36, were greeted by well-wishers before being given a taste of modern Welsh life and traditional culture. Among those pressed against the barrier — and displaying her American flag — was Julie Hoefer, 31, from Dundas, Va.
“We don’t have a royal family in America, and the whole idea is amazing,” she said. “And now we have one who joined the family — finally. It is super exciting. Meghan was lovely,” Hoefer said after Meghan approached her. “She came over and was talking and showed us her ring. It was gorgeous. She said she was ‘super lucky, a very lucky woman. She asked me where I was from — I said Virginia and she said it was very nice. She was really stunning up close.”
Also among the crowd was Cynthia Osborne, a retired nurse from Cardiff. She wrapped a Welsh flag around her red Stetson-style hat and held a bunch of daffodils, the national flower of Wales.
“Meghan looks lovely, a breath of fresh air,” said Osborne. “She showed me her ring. I said to her, ‘It’s sparkling, so you’re sparkling!’ She thanked me and asked me my name. She seemed very friendly.”

A great photo of Meghan mingling.

Their first stop was  the iconic Cardiff Castle.

They were presented with a traditional Celtic love spoon by local children, named Harry and Megan.

The Castle has a history dating back 2,000 years, in the heart of the capital.

Chatting with staff and volunteers.

The castle's architecturally rich Gothic Revival interiors will be put to use as the backdrop to a Welsh culture festival.

This video includes several clips of the Castle visit.

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, the Castle’s walls and fairy-tale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.

A brief summary of the fascinating history of the castle:

'The Roman fort at Cardiff was probably established at the end of the 50s AD, on a strategic site that afforded easy access to the sea. Archaeological excavations indicate that this was the first of four forts, each a different size, that occupied the present site. Remains of the Roman wall can be seen today. After the Norman conquest, the Castle’s keep was built, re-using the site of the Roman fort. The first keep on the motte, erected by Robert Fitzhamon, Norman Lord of Gloucester, was probably built of wood. Further medieval fortifications and dwellings followed over the years. 
The Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world’s greatest coal exporting port. The Castle and Bute fortune passed to his son John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who by the 1860s was reputed to be the richest man in the world. 
From 1866 the 3rd Marquess employed the genius architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration. The 3rd Marquess died when he was only 53 in 1900. Despite huge death duties on the estate, the 4th Marquess completed many of his father’s restoration projects including the reconstruction of the Roman wall. The Bute family continued to stay at the Castle throughout the 1920s and 1930s, although they had sold off many of their business interests in south Wales. 

Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family decided to give the Castle and much of its parkland to the city of Cardiff. For 25 years, the Castle was home to the National College of Music and Drama, and since 1974 has become one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions.

It was a beautiful choice for Meghan's first taste of Wales; the surrounding grounds and gardens are breathtaking.

During their tour, Harry and Meghan met leading sportsmen and women, and saw how organisations are working to promote Welsh language and cultural identity.

The couple watched a dance performance.

Harry and Meghan visited the Castle Apartments.

The opulent space is described: "Spectacular fairy-tale apartments, rich with murals, gilding and elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble, created by art-architect William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute."

A wedding cake made out of Welsh cheese for Harry and Meghan. When Meghan saw the cake she said “Oh my goodness. How sweet is that?" She tasted a mature cheddar used in the cake and said it was “really delicious.”

The couple sampled Welsh cakes.

Next, Harry and Meghan travelled on to Star Hub, a community and leisure centre in the Tremorfa area of the city to see how sport is being used to engage young people and aid social development.

A warm welcome in Tremorfa.

They saw how StreetGames, a delivery partner of Sport Wales and the Welsh Government, and an organisation with which Prince Harry has worked previously, is helping to make sport accessible to all young people, regardless of their social circumstances. It does this by supporting and establishing over 1,000 locally trusted organisations around the UK to deliver doorstep sport.

Doorstep sport sessions operate in disadvantaged communities and include positive activities and sport for young people when they want it, where they want it and how they want it.

Time for a spot of Jenga!

During their visit, Prince Harry and Ms Markle met young people taking part in various doorstep sessions, including street dance and table tennis. They also met young women who are taking part in the UsGirls project, set up with the aim of driving a step change in female sport participation across the UK and addressing the barriers that prevent many girls and young women from taking part in sport and physical activity. To date it has mobilised 5,000 girls and young women across Wales.

Before they left Harry said: "Everyone give Meghan a big group hug".

At the very end Prince Charming Harry says "And release. She's mine". Watch Meghan's reaction when he says those words, she literally lights up. It's incredibly endearing and heartwarming to witness how in love they are!

A fitting end to a wonderful day!

Meghan deployed a touch of sartorial diplomacy today; opting for a selection of British brands.

Meghan's black coat is the Stella McCartney Tie Detail Coat (with thanks to Queen Rania's Closet).

More from the product description:

'Looking to the traditional tuxedo for inspiration, this coat from Stella McCartney exudes androgyny. Distinguished with peak lapels and a suit jacket-style trio of pockets, the wool-blend design is punctuated with an exaggerated self-tie front. Partially lined for lightweight layering, the single hem vent ensures mobility in the longline profile.'

Underneath, Meghan wore a Prince of Wales tartan jacket by Theory (with thanks to Meghan's Fashion). It is described as "An off-the-shoulder jacket with a covered zip front and besom pockets. Made of premium Italian stretch wool with a textured yarn-dyed plaid." It originally retailed for $495 before going on sale for $198 and selling out.

Meghan's jeans are by Welsh brand Huit Denim. It looks like Meghan wore their Dina Skinny Fit - High Waist style.

More on the £175 pair:

'We chose a beautiful 12.5 oz raven black stretch denim from Candiani, Italy.  They feel like an authentic black jean. But they give. Just a little. Not too much to take away the authentic denim feel, but enough to help make them easier to wear and allow the jeans to sit comfortably on your waist. Unlike other stretch denim, this premium stretch denim will not lose its shape. No saggy knees here.'

More from Wales Online on the background of the brand:

'Cardigan has a long history of making jeans - for almost 40 years the town was home to a factory that made 35,000 pairs of jeans each week for UK retailer Marks & Spencer. But in 2002 the facility closed with the loss of 400 jobs when production was moved to Morocco to cut costs.
So when David, a proud Welshman, was looking to open a factory to start making jeans, he chose the town. The company name is a combination of the first two letters of his surname and the word "utility". Now exporting 25% of its jeans, it takes Hiut about one hour and 10 minutes to make one pair, compared with 11 minutes at a highly mechanised jeans industry giant.'

In a nod to Wales, Meghan carried a green bag by Demellier London (with thanks to Meghan's Mirror). The £295  Mini Venice is described as "A press favourite, the Mini Venice is as cute as it is practical. Crafted in luxurious calf leather, this little gem is lightweight, making it perfect for long days out. Choose to wear it over the shoulder, cross-body or by its ladylike handle."

For every bag purchased, DeMellier funds lifesaving vaccines and treatments aimed to save the life of a child in need, in collaboration with orphan charity SOS Children's Villages. The funds are administered through SOS Children’s Villages’ medical programmes in countries such as Somalia and Zambia, where currently 1 in 6 children do not live to see their 6th birthday.

Meghan's stylish boots are the $825 Tabitha Simmons Kiki Boots (with thanks to Japanese Ginger). They are also available at Farfetch and Browns.

They are described as "These black Tabitha Simmons Kiki velvet ankle boots will be the hot topic at the next kiki with your lady friends. These shoes have been fabricated in Italy from plush black velvet and feature a point toe, elasticated panels at both sides, a comfortable leather insole, leather sole and a block heel with a height of 75 mm." London born Stylist-turned-editor-turned footwear designer Tabitha, is known for her use of exquisite materials.

And in the fashion surprise of the day, Meghan mixed it up by wearing a different earring on each ear.

Meghan accessorised with her Zofia Day Dash Ear Stud and Gabriela Artigas Triple Shooting Star Earring, as spotted by Perth Fashion.

And it appears she completed the look with a couple of her Missoma stacking rings.

And Meghan's Fashion received confirmation the ring on her middle finger is the Birks Yellow Gold and Diamond Splash Ring.

In their review, The Telegraph wrote: Diplomatic and sustainable: Meghan Markle ticks all the fashion boxes with her latest look:

'In her life before becoming engaged to Prince Harry, Markle was an activist for charitable causes and sustainability. Today's look demonstrated her resolve to continue those passion projects in her new role. Here's how...
She carried the Mini Venice handbag from DeMellier London, formerly Milli Millu, in forest green. A representative of the brand said the handbag sighting was 'a bit of a shock,' and they believe that Markle purchased the design herself. More than simply being chic, Markle's bag comes with a charitable purpose; for every style sold by DeMellier, the label donates funds to prevent infant death through the charity SOS Children's Villages. 
Stella McCartney is the conscious generation's go-to designer for clothes which are created as sustainably as possible but still stylish enough to pass muster on red carpets, Paris fashion week catwalks- and now on royal walkabouts in Cardiff. “I’m hoping what will happen is in 10 years, people will look back at the fact that we killed billions of animals and cut down millions of acres of rain forest, and [used] water in the most inefficient way—we can’t sustain this way of living.," McCartney told American Vogue in 2017. 
But it was Hiut Denim, the small Welsh brand, that emerged from the afternoon with the greatest boost to its profile. Clare and David Hieatt founded Hiut Denim in 2011. The brand is based in Cardigan, which for nearly 40 years was the site of a denim factory that employed 400 people - 10% of the town's total population. The factory produced 35,000 pairs of jeans a week until closing in 2002, leaving a swathe of skilled workers unemployed. Today the factory is once again operational, producing small-batch jeans for Hiut. Each pair includes a HistoryTag, a unique code that owners can use to document their adventures in the jeans. 'So when it's time for your jeans to get handed down or they end up in a second hand shop,' a note on the site reads, 'their stories will go with them.'

A fantastic day all round filled with a great walkabout, a fairytale castle, worthy causes, beautiful photos and moments like this :)

What do you think of Meghan's third 'royal' day out?

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Harry & Meghan to Visit Cardiff Next Week!

I was delighted to see news of Meghan and Harry's next pre-wedding engagement earlier today. Kensington Palace confirmed the couple will visit Cardiff next Thursday, 18 January. They plan to not only visit cities and communities in England but also locations around the UK. Aside from the visit to Wales, I think we'll see 'away days' in Scotland and Northern Ireland too. What's on the itinerary in the Welsh capital? The Palace said the couple will enjoy "a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales, and to learn more about some of the organisations working in communities across the country".

Their first stop will be the iconic Cardiff Castle, its history dating back 2,000 years. During their tour, Prince Harry and Ms Markle will hear performances by musicians and poets, meet leading sportsmen and women, and see how organisations are working to promote Welsh language and cultural identity.

Their next stop will be Star Hub, a community and leisure centre in the Tremorfa area of the city to see how sport is being used to engage young people and aid social development. There they will see how StreetGames, a delivery partner of Sport Wales and the Welsh Government, and an organisation with which Prince Harry has worked previously, is helping to make sport accessible to all young people, regardless of their social circumstances. It does this by supporting and establishing over 1,000 locally trusted organisations around the UK to deliver doorstep sport.

They will also meet young women who are taking part in the Us Girls project, set up with the aim of driving a step change in female sport participation across the UK and addressing the barriers that prevent many girls and young women from taking part in sport and physical activity. To date it has mobilised 5,000 girls and young women across Wales. Regarding news about the royal visit - Us Girls tweeted 'brilliant'. :)

I understand there will be opportunities for members of the public to meet the couple; these will be announced nearer the time. This will be the ideal time for Meghan to visit Wales and for Harry to introduce his future wife to the country. If the reaction from the public in Brixton is any indication, I expect we'll see quite the turn out! :)

What will Meghan wear on the day? Several of you suggested, red and green, the colours of Wales. I think that's an excellent suggestion and a very solid possibility. Perhaps a nice red and green coat? A jumper and trousers combination underneath, or a nice dress with boots would work very well. Do you have any style predictions?

It should be a great day!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

UPDATED: Harry and Meghan Kick Off 2018 with Visit to Brixton

For their first official engagement of 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton, to see their work supporting young people through creative training in radio and broadcasting, and to learn more about their model of using music, radio and media for social impact.

The couple who are no doubt immersed in wedding planning at the moment enjoyed a "fantastic" Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham before a romantic break to Monaco to ring in the New Year. Back in London, Harry and Meghan are looking forward to carrying out a number of engagements around the UK before the wedding.

Kensington Palace press secretary Jason Knauf said: "This is the country that’s going to be her home now and that means travelling around, getting to know the towns and cities and smaller communities." Today marks Meghan's second day of royal duty; she and Harry carried out a successful day of engagements in Nottingham in early December.

The couple arrived smiling and holding hands.

An arrival video from Sky News.

The crowd certainly gave the couple a warm welcome.

Meghan looked both surprised and delighted by the cheers from the crowd.

The atmosphere in Brixton was electric. This darling little girl, Davinna, made a beautiful poster to welcome Harry and Meghan :)

Station Founder Shane Carey described the visit as a "massive profile boost". SW Londoner reports:

Station founder Shane Carey believes the Prince and Miss Markle are the perfect fit for Reprezent’s core values. He said: “The excitement internally and with the audience is great. I think from an organisational point of view it’s really good because we’ve been working with young people for years now in south and east London.
“Harry’s massively interested in youth development, mentoring young people and everybody having a chance, and that’s exactly what we think. Meghan has been very vocal on women’s rights and we’ve got a 60-40 split female-male, we’ve always had more young girls apply than blokes, so I think that’ll be good for her.”
The visit comes two weeks after Reprezent hosted a three-day collaboration including former Blur and Oasis frontmen Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher, which Mr Carey believes will be surpassed by the Royals.
He said: “That was brilliant again from a station credibility and music industry point of view, but these guys coming down, the frenzy is out of this world. I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy talking to TV and media, it’s a massive profile boost for us.”

Mr Carey told Daily Mail royal reporter Rebecca English, Harry and Meghan approached him about visiting because they "admire its ethos of mentoring young people and their work on mental health". It's very interesting to hear background on how the couple are choosing their pre-wedding engagements.

 They will be keenly aware of the enormous levels of media coverage they are receiving and obviously wanted to shine a light on the work at Reprezent Radio.

The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to an alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. Since then, it has transformed into a hotbed of UK music talent.

From the Mail:

'Meghan confidently introduced herself, 'Hi I'm Meghan, nice to meet you too', followed by Harry, and added: 'I hear your show is very popular. I can see why you are so popular, you are so thoughtful in your approach.'
DJ Glory told her that she first came into the station when she was 16 on work experience and explained how much she had learnt about not just radio but the music industry and media in general. 'Reprezent is not just a place you go to work but it's a family, anything you need they are here for you, they nurture you until you are ready and ripe,' Glory said. 'You'll go onto Beat1….' said Meghan. 'And then there are three thousand people on the waiting list and it opens up a space for someone else to have the same experience. It's amazing, it so cool,' said Meghan, who had clearly studied her brief.'

Harry and Meghan listen to Reprezent.

A video from Victoria Murphy.

Harry has been passionate about tackling knife crime for several years. He recently discussed the problem during his stint as guest editor on BBC Radio 4. The Prince stressed the importance of positive role models encouraging young people to choose the right path.

Training hundreds of young people every year in media and employment skills, over 4,000 young people have been through the Reprezent programme, with over 3,000 on the waiting list. It offers accredited training and support in topics ranging from audio and radio production and editing to communication skills and confidence building, work experience and volunteering. Throughout training Reprezent offers personalised support to enable young people to fulfil their potential, and to progress to further education and employment opportunities. They also offer programmes supporting young people with specific issues like mental health challenges, having recently launched a regional mental health programme with a network of schools.

Many of the young people who complete training can progress onto volunteering roles as presenters and producers on Reprezent 107.3FM, and many of their young talent progress their careers with employment at some of the most prestigious media companies in the UK. Reprezent secured an FM radio licence in 2011 and the majority of their playlist is unsigned, with many artists broken via Reprezent continuing to achieve the highest music industry success.

During their visit to Reprezent FM Studios at Pop Brixton, a temporary project that has turned disused land into a creative space for local businesses, Harry and Meghan met presenters, content producers and staff, heard more about their training programmes.

Prince Harry was asked about gender equality and turned to Meghan saying "She answers the questions". More from The Telegraph:

'Once inside, the pair listened to the station broadcasting, meeting 17-year-old presenter Glory and donning headphones to listen to 'Flirt' by the artist Pote Read. Prince Harry made Meghan laugh by gesturing towards a CD mixer as if he was about to start "scratching" a track. As their few minutes with the presenter ended, Mr Markle praised her work, adding: "I can see why your show is so popular. You're so thoughtful and your approach is so engaging." She then made everyone laugh when she added: "I must tune in."
Prince Harry, who had impressed young people at the radio station with his attempt at an elaborate handshake, fell down slightly when asked by Jeremiah Asiamah whether he had heard of Giggs, a rapper. "He said 'what, events?'" Mr Asiamah wrote on Twitter afterwards. "Fair enough."
Later in the session, the Prince also demonstrated their thoroughly modern relationship as station manager Adrian Newman told him that they had a question for him during a discussion on gender equality. Prince Harry pointed at Meghan and swiftly replied: "She answers the questions. "Yes, talking of gender equality!" Ms Markle replied, with a smile on her face.' 

The couple met some of the current and former volunteers who have benefitted from the training.

A special handshake for Harry.

Brixton is a lively, multicultural area with a down-to-earth vibe. "Brixton Market offers street food and vintage finds, plus clothes and produce that reflect the area’s Caribbean roots. Casual eateries serving global fare line pedestrian-friendly Brixton Village. Late-night revellers hit celebrated bars and live-music venues such as the O2 Academy Brixton for rock gigs, and Hootananny for cutting-edge sounds."

The area's journey to where it is today has been a long and difficult one. More from Wikipedia:

'Brixton was the scene of riots in April 1981 at a time when Brixton underwent deep social and economic problems—high unemployment, high crime, poor housing, no amenities—in a predominantly African-Caribbean community. The Metropolitan Police began Operation Swamp 81 at the beginning of April, aimed at reducing street crime, largely through the repeated use of the so-called sus law, which allowed police officers to stop and search any individual on the grounds of mere "suspicion" of possible wrongdoing. Plain clothes police officers were dispatched into Brixton, and within five days almost 1,000 people were stopped and searched under this law. There was intense local indignation at this, since the vast majority of those stopped by the police were young black men. The riot resulted in almost 279 injuries to police and 45 injuries to members of the public, more than a hundred vehicles were burned (including 56 police vehicles), and almost 150 buildings were damaged, with 30 burned. There were 82 arrests. Reports suggested that up to 5,000 people were involved in the riot.
Following the 1981 Brixton riot the Government commissioned a public inquiry into the riot headed by Lord Scarman. The subsequent Scarman report was published in November 1981 and found unquestionable evidence of the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of 'stop and search' powers by the police against black people. The report made a number of recommendations and led to a new code for police behaviour in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the creation of an independent Police Complaints Authority in 1985. The 1999 Macpherson Report, an investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, found that recommendations of the 1981 Scarman report had been ignored and concluded that the police force was "institutionally racist".'

When Prince Charles visited the area with Nelson Mandela, the South African president lauded it as "heartland of the anti-apartheid struggle". The visit is still fondly remembered over two decades later. Aubrey Nunes told the Brixton Blog: "That day when Nelson Mandela came to Brixton was the most important day in the history of Brixton. I was an agent between the anti-racist and the anti-apartheid movement in London. I took my kids off school that day, which I’d never done before. It was truly special. Whoever played the national anthem only played the first half – it was a terrible mistake. I feel very proud that Brixton was singled out, it was such an honour. The most famous politician in the world comes to London and chooses Brixton. Brixton had a long, active record of supporting the freedom struggle and that was presumably registered somewhere." In recent times, the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Ebony Horse Club in Brixton in 2013

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After the engagement, it was time for a quick walkabout. The photo below captures a lovely moment. The look on the Police Officer's face perfectly sums up the atmosphere and vibe outside POP Brixton.

The Mail Online reports:

'Sandra Wiltshire told MailOnline: 'It just means so much. In 1900, my grandfather signed the 1900 Uganda Agreement with Queen Victoria. Because of the royal connection we've always felt close to them.' She wept as she held their hands and told Meghan: 'Thank you, thank you for all you've done.' Speaking afterwards, she said: 'I just love Prince Harry. For him to have found someone who he really loves it is amazing. You can feel their love I wish them all the best. Ms Wiltshire ran a shop for 25 years from across Pop Brixton and added: 'I just want to say it was a dream to meet them. I wish them all the best and thank you so much for coming to Brixton.'

Meghan received flowers from locals, she was very much in her element meeting people.

A fantastic photo of a well-wisher taking a snap.

Back to The Telegraph article:

'Speaking outside, after meeting the couple, 62-year-old John Loughrey said: "Meghan came up to me and I told her that I had her favourite flowers [peonies] and she said thank you. "I said congratulations on your engagement and that all the royal fans will be celebrating with you in red, white and blue. I was very touched and surprised that they came over. It was a proud moment for Brixton and we all love them."
She told one member of the public she is "so excited" about her forthcoming wedding to Prince Harry.'

Sky's royal reporter Rhiannon Mills said: "I don't think we've seen anything like this in terms of royal visits for a very long time".

Do you remember Davinna who brought a gorgeous poster and drawing for Harry and Meghan?

You'll be pleased to hear she had the opportunity to give it to the couple. Meghan said "That's so sweet. Thank you sweetie. What's your name". Harry added: "I love that. Did you make that yourself". The video was filmed and kindly shared by fellow Meghan blogger 'Meghan Maven'.

Meghan looked effortlessly stylish in a mix of Canadian and British brands today.

Meghan wore the Smythe Camel Brando Coat (with thanks to Meghan's Fashion). The brushed tweed piece is described as "A tailored SMYTHE coat in a sophisticated midi length. Notched lapels meet at the buttoned placket, and 3 pockets detail the front. Padding structures the shoulders. Back vent. Long sleeves. Lined." The $995 garment is now available for pre-orders.

Meghan's gorgeous black sweater is the £45 Marks & Spencer Autograph Wool Blend Round Neck Bell Sleeve Jumper (with thanks to Meghan's Mirror).

It looks very much like Meghan's belt is the Artizia Babaton Amos style she wore in Nottingham.

What Meghan Wore identified Meghan's shoes as the Sarah Flint Jay Pumps. The $395 black suede pumps feature a distinctive tortoise patent heel. They are also available at FarFetch.

Meghan's trousers are by Burberry.

Meghan's oatmeal scarf is a sold out style from Jigsaw.

Meghan accessorised with her $375 Les Plaisirs De Birks Gold Bar Earrings.

The engagement was without question a resounding success. The reaction from the crowd when Harry and Meghan arrived was incredible; Meghan herself appeared incredibly touched by the support she received. She is already doing so well, and walked in very knowledgeable of the history, work and impact of Reprezent on the community. I thought Meghan's look was perfect for the occasion. When she took off her coat and scarf, her choice of sweater and trousers with stylish heels is a classic Meghan look: professional, sophisticated and very wearable. I enjoyed seeing the mix of well-known British high-street brands with higher end retailers. Richard Palmer reported they stayed 25 minutes longer than planned and the impromptu walkabout was a real treat. As so many on social media have said today, we're very lucky to have Meghan joining the Royal family!

We have one more update before signing off. Meghan has deleted her social media accounts. It's the natural next step as she prepares to officially join the Royal family. Kensington Palace confirmed the news to the BBC, adding Meghan took the decision because "they haven't been used in some time".

Looking forward to Harry and Meghan's next engagement :)