Tuesday 21 August 2018

Meghan and Harry's Irish visit expected to land on Friday 13th

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Prince George of Cambridge and Isla Phillips watch the flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, along with other members of the British royal family, pose for photographs on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as part of Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to crowds as they arrive at Buckingham Palace, central London following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, after celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to crowds as they arrive at Buckingham Palace, central London following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, after celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
The Duchess of Cornwall (left) and the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Buckingham Palace, central London from Horse Guards Parade, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony, to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in a horse-drawn carriage down The Mall to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in a horse-drawn carriage down The Mall to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour' on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London, Britain, June 9, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, left, and Kate Middleton, right, during the Trooping The Colour
Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018 in London, England
John Downing

John Downing

PRINCE Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expected to visit Ireland in the middle of next month - very likely around Friday, July 13.

Preparations are continuing for the royal couple to visit less than two months after their wedding on May 19.

Sources say they are likely to take part in a series of engagements over the course of two days.

It will be a second royal visit of the summer, as Harry's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are expected in Cork later this week for a three-day visit, which will also include trips to Kerry.

However, sources say the younger royals are "urbanites" who are likely to base themselves in the capital.

Since being unveiled as a royal bride-to-be, Meghan has accompanied Harry on a string of public outings.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

A source said it was not yet clear whether there would be any opportunities for public "meet and greets".

Officials hope the publicity around the visits may prove helpful in Anglo-Irish relations, at a time when Brexit has created a considerable strain between the two governments. The British Embassy has remained tight-lipped about arrangements.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Horse Guards Parade, central London, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as the Queen celebrates her official birthday

Details of royal trips are generally kept very quiet until shortly before the event due to security concerns.

Harry has never visited Ireland before, but Meghan spent time here as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in a horse-drawn carriage down The Mall to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in a horse-drawn carriage down The Mall to Horseguards parade ahead of the Queen's Birthday Parade, 'Trooping the Colour', in London on June 9, 2018

The itinerary for their visit in mid-July is now being advanced. At present it appears likely they will stay for only one night.

It comes as Harry's sister-in-law - Kate Middleton - enjoyed a day in the sunshine with her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as her husband Prince William took part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club, in Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

This country has become a favourite destination for Charles and his wife Camilla in recent years.

They are expected to touch down at Cork Airport on Thursday.

It is understood they will visit the English Market, the historic naval base at Haulbowline, and the National Maritime College of Ireland.

The couple are also due to visit the Lakes of Killarney and Muckross House, and also Daniel O'Connell's house, at Derrynane, near Caherdaniel.

Security will be tight and all Garda leave in the south-west is understood to be cancelled.

Herald

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