Meghan Markle acted like a blushing bride when she told a group of schoolchildren and their principal she was “very, very excited”
The American actress’s comments came when she met pupils from across the country after her first Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
Hundreds of youngsters were invited to the event attend by the Queen and other senior royals including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prime Minister Theresa May.
But it has now emerged Meghan has been busy receiving “royal etiquette” lessons ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, May 19.
Grant Harrold, Prince Charles’ former butler, has revealed what sorts of things that will be asked of the US actress in the coming weeks, reports the Mirror.
“She has to be careful what she says, how she says it, and how it’s taken because after the 19th of May, it will be a reflection of the royal family,” he said.
“It’s everyday things – from the way she walks, the way she speaks, the things she does, how she eats, how she holds her cup, how she dresses – everything will be looked at. There will be a lot for her to adapt to,” he told the Daily Star.
However, he added that Meghan hugging people won’t be frowned upon despite usual protocol dictating that royals don’t generally hug members of the public.
He continued: “None of the rest of the Royal Family hugged. Now the younger royals, Princes William and Harry, you see them hugging… So it’s their way of doing it. They are copying what their mother did, which is fantastic.”
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In Dean’s Yard close to the Abbey, Harry and Meghan chatted to the youngsters who earlier had been in the congregation, including Holly Hartley, principal of Thistley Hough Academy in Stoke on Trent, and her pupils.
Ms Hartley said: “She was saying what a lovely service it had been and her first service at Westminster Abbey. We congratulated her on her engagement.
“She was delighted and said she was ‘very, very excited’ she stayed chatting with us for quite a while – what a lovely, lovely lady.”
Harry and Meghan will wed on May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and the couple have invited 1,200 members of the public, who will be chosen by lord lieutenants from across the country, into the fortress’ grounds to share in their day.
The principal added: “She said what a lovely day she’d had and we had a little joke about the rain, as we had to brave the rain earlier.”
“She said it was great to see people from all over the world so well represented at the service.”
All eyes were on Prince Harry and wife-to-be Meghan when they paid their first visit to Birmingham this week.
Excitement reached fever pitch as crowds gathered outside Millennium Point, and later Nechells Wellbeing Centre, waiting to catch a glimpse of the royal pair.
The much-anticipated visit coincided with International Women’s Day and is the latest leg in a series of regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding.
Here are the best moments from their long-awaited visit.
1. When Harry befriended a sausage dog
We know the Queen has a fondness for dogs and it now appears Prince Harry is also an animal lover, too.
As the royal couple mingled in the crowds gathered outside Millennium Point, he made a beeline for a sausage dog.
He stroked the pet as the owner laughed: “You’re going to be here for a while!”
Kensington Palace later tweeted: “Thank you to everyone (dogs included!) for the warm welcome to Birmingham this morning.”
2. The hardy OAPs who braved the cold for hours
Harry and Meghan stopped to chat to sisters Jean Dickinson and Irene Gould outside Millennium Point.
The pensioners, who have ‘always loved’ the royal family, stood out in Baltic conditions for hours.
Irene, 82, said: “We are on a high! I was so excited. I took Harry’s hand but I wanted to hug him. I said we’d been waiting a long time for this, he thought we meant we’d been waiting a long time to see them this morning, but I meant we’d been waiting a long time to see him get married! I can’t believe we touched the actual Prince Harry.”
June, 78, added: “Meghan was so beautiful. We’ve met the Queen before too when she came for the Jubilee. The Queen’s skin is amazing, not a wrinkle on her. We gave her some flowers from a local florist all wrapped in Royal blue paper. We’ve always loved the royal family, from when we were young.”
3. The ecstatic schoolgirl embraced by Meghan and Harry
A young girl looked overjoyed after being pulled out of the crowds by the royal couple.
The pair were won over by the youngster after she told them of her ambitions to become an actress.
They hugged the 10-year-old, who later revealed Prince Harry told her; “You need to be confident and you can achieve whatever you want to achieve.
“Meghan said that one day she will see me being an actress.”
4. The adorable moment Meghan and Harry crouched down to chat to young fans
As Meghan approached Millennium Point, she stopped to ask flag-waving children if they were ‘cold’.
Footage showed her crouching down and interacting with the kids.
She can be heard saying; “Oh are you cold? You look sleepy.”
While Harry asked: “Is it more fun being out here than stuck in school?!”
5. They’re an affectionate pair
Harry and Meghan spent much of their visit holding hands.
“During the whole visit they have been incredibly close together, not leaving each other’s side and seeming very much in love,” an eyewitness said.
At one point, as Harry chatted to young schoolchildren outside Millennium Point, Meghan gave him a loving rub on the back.
Harry then reached out to his bride-to-be.
6. Meghan donned high-tech VR goggles
She looked taken aback by the virtual reality glasses, which gave the feeling of being on a rollercoaster.
The former American actress and her husband-to-be sat around a table with youngsters discussing the
Meghan appeared impressed by some of the gadgets on display, including pianos made out of bananas.
She was also heard telling some students that the coding they were working on was impressive, saying: “Wow, that’s really cool.”
7. “Who wants to help others and change the world?”
The royal couple listened to a short presentation by STEMettes co-founder Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon.
At one point, Anne-Marie asked the young audience, made up of mostly young schoolgirls: “Who wants to help others and change the world?”
The young girls raised their hands, swiftly followed by Meghan.
8. Harry gets the whole room laughing
The couple then went onto Nechells Wellbeing Centre where four Coach Core apprentices shook hands with the royal pair.
In true Harry style, the Prince of course brought his charm to the Birmingham venue and it wasn’t long until he had the whole room laughing.
After asking several questions and engaging in conversation with the apprentices and their mentor, Harry cracked a joke to the group.
He quizzed the young coaches: “Getting up in the morning and then coming back, do you get up, do you leave your home in this kit right?
“Do people take a second glance at you and say hang on a second, you’re the guy I saw last year and that wasn’t the case.”
9. Meghan uses apprentice as human shield
Meghan and Harry were later escorted to the Sports Hall of the centre where they closely watched a coaching session in progress.
And this is the hilarious moment Meghan places her hands on one of the coaches and hides behind her in a bid to avoid the flying balls.
Showing off her sense of humour, Harry’s bride-to-be is seen jokingly rushing behind Kelly as the training exercise commences.
10. Happy couple leave hand in hand
As the couple made their way to the car and out of Birmingham for the day, they gave a final display of affection to the press.
Harry and Meghan can be seen holding hands as they walk out of Nechells Wellbeing Centre.