A group of young schoolchildren had the honour of meeting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Friday. The royal couple, who are currently expecting their first child, which is due sometime in April, met and had an adorable interaction with a group of 3- and 4-year-olds from Abbeywood Tots kindergarten. The couple were on a trip to Bristol-about 194 kilometres west of London.
Meghan first met with the children, and after one asked “where’s Harry”, she called her husband over to come and meet the youngsters. The couple had quite the laugh as the little ones, all bundled up in their winter jackets due to the snowy weather, seemed more interested in their mid-morning snack of cookies than their meeting with royalty.
Nursery worker India Leachman, 25, told reporters, “The children beckoned them over, like, ‘We’re excited to see you,’ waving their flags. And as soon as they came over, they were interested in their biscuits.”
“They were so excited to see – we’ve been saying, the Prince and Princess, it’s just easier to explain it to them,” Leachman explained. “They were like, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re coming, they’re coming,’ and then I gave them biscuits and they had a little giggle party to themselves, so [Harry and Meghan] just found that so funny.”
Meghan also took some time to admire a little girl’s plastic tiara and princess dress, which she wore under a zipped up snowsuit in the chilly almost 0-degree weather.
The couple wasn’t afraid of getting on the level as the children, crouching down so they can speak directly to the excited kids. The couple asked the children about their names and about how their morning was going.
“Are you nice and warm in here?” Harry asked one of the kids as he admired their snowsuit. And Harry, being the joker he is, said to the children: “You know you guys can run anywhere you want!”, as there were no ropes or barricades to hold the kids back.
Meghan also got the chance to meet up with longtime fan Hayley Jones, 19, from Melbourne, Australia, who is an exchange student studying literature and politics at Bristol University and was a supporter of Meghan during her pre-royalty days.
“It was very exciting,” Jones said of meeting the Duchess of Sussex. “I had followed her on The Tig. It was such a beautiful inspirational blog. I thought it was incredible and I wanted to let her know that it really impacted me. She said it was a passion project that she loved.”
Jones adds, “She’s such a beautiful soul.”
Despite the snow and the freezing temperature, the couple made sure to greet well-wishers gathered outside. “I hope everyone gets a nice cup of tea after this,” Meghan was heard saying as she shook hands with fans, thanking them for braving the weather.
The Duchess of Sussex was as stylish as always, even though due to the weather she couldn’t shine completely. She wore a printed dress by Oscar de la Renta under a black coat by William Vintage paired with olive green “Marina” boots by Sarah Flint. She finished off her look with a matching green clutch. Her hair was let loose in romantic waves, after wearing it in a top knot on Thursday.
The couple started off their day at the 18th century Bristol Old Vic theatre. Built-in 1766 as a centre for people of Bristol to congregate and watch entertainment, it is the oldest continuously-working theatre in the English-speaking world.
Meghan and Harry were given a full tour of the recently-renovated theatre and told about its history and links to the local community. They also watched a workshop attended by local school children as part of the theatre’s community outreach program.
Later on, they plan to visit the Empire Fighting Chance, whose goal is to fight the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives through boxing.