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Thursday 18 October 2018

'It's nice to see who these people are in real life' - royal fans flock to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave to the public at Trinity College Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave to the public at Trinity College Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Royal fans, history buffs and fashion followers all turned out to greet Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their first public engagement during their visit to Ireland.

Hundreds of people gathered in Trinity College in Dublin city centre for a chance to greet Harry and Meghan.

Roscommon sisters Georgina and Catherine Fee were keen to see Harry who they have watched grow up - and what Meghan chose to wear for the occasion. 

The sisters were in place from 9am this morning in the hopes of meeting the couple. 

“We’ve always been interested in the royal family and Prince Harry - and William - would have been people we looked up to growing up,” Georgina (27) said. 

“It's nice to see who these people are in real life.” 

For younger sister Catherine (19) Meghan’s fashion sense is one to watch. 

“I can't wait to see what she’s going to wear. I think the younger royals have been a lot more prominent recently,” she said. 

Grandmother Trish from Dublin said the couple were a “wonderful, wonderful couple starting out in life” and said she believes with all of the doom and gloom in the world it was nice to have some romance. 

For history teacher Richard Coplen the visit marked a chance to watch history in the making. 

Mr Coplen said it was great that the couple had chosen Dublin as their first official visit abroad as a married couple, particularly given the potential strain on Anglo-Irish relations over Brexit. 

"I think it's nice to see that they are trying to consolidate things," he said. 

The younger generation of royals have also boosted the overall perception of the family Richard said. 

"I think he and his brother have restored the view of the royals in the public's eyes," he said. 

Earlier this morning the couple visited with President Michael D Higgins in the Aras and later today they will visit the Famine Memorial, the EPIC museum and a technology company in the Docklands.

As a helicopter whipped over Trinity’s campanile, a large cheer erupted from the crowd. 

Having visited the Book if Kells, the newlyweds began their walkabout of Trinity College Dublin. 

They spent 25 minutes walking the line and chatting to hundreds of excited fans.

David Balfany, on holiday in Dublin from the United States, said he had invited Meghan to a student reunion at Northwestern University where they were both students. 

“She told me she didn’t think she would be able to make it,” he laughed.

Some fans had arrived with posters, commemorative scarves and handmade cards. 

“I talked to both of them,” said Maureen Cummins from Carlow. “I apologised for the weather and Harry said it been raining loads in England. My granddaughter got to give him a handmade card.”

Emma Boden (10) was the granddaughter in question. 

“Meghan said thank you very much and she told me that she loved a hand-written card,” she said. 

“Then she shook my hand. She smells really, really nice and now my hand smells really nice as well. I don’t think I’ll wash them for a long time.”

Meghan had changed from her meeting at the Aras into a sleek black pantsuit, while Harry opted for a casual blazer. 

After the meet and greet the couple were whisked away by the entourage and the crowd dispersed. 

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