Friday 16 November 2018

Meghan tells well-wisher: 'Dublin is my favourite city'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018

Press Association Reporters

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wowed young and old at some of Dublin's most famous landmarks during their whistle-stop tour.

On a day full of warm encounters with Irish well-wishers, three-year-old GAA fan Walter Kieran played with Meghan's hair during a visit to Croke Park while another young supporter tugged Harry's beard.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving to visit the Book of Kells before enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Garda snipers oversee Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
A Garda sniper arrives ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex before their walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018

Those playful exchanges at the famous stadium came ahead of a 25-minute walkabout in the grounds of Trinity College, where the royals chatted and laughed with enthusiastic crowds.

During the meet and greet on Trinity's cobbled square, Meghan told one fan that Dublin was her favourite city. She last visited Dublin for the One Young World conference in 2014, prior to meeting Harry.

Earlier today, the newlyweds followed in the footsteps of Harry's grandmother the Queen by making the symbolic visit to Croke Park.

The stadium is steeped in history and witnessed one of the most infamous incidents of Ireland's War of Independence when British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of spectators in 1920, killing 14 people.

Dozens of children played Gaelic football and hurling as the couple watched on Wednesday morning.

They walked hand-in-hand around the sprawling pitch as GAA representatives talked the couple through the rules of Gaelic games.

They spoke to young children about their involvement in sport and what it meant to them playing at Croke Park.

Earlier, Harry's mind was on another sport when he gave England a boost ahead of their crucial World Cup match, declaring football was coming home as he met Ireland's president.

A young princess awaiting the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex before a walkabout at Trinity College.
Pic Steve Humphreys
11th July 2018
A young princess awaiting the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex before a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College with the Provost and President of Trinity Dr Patrick Prendergast and wife Hannah. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College after visiting the Book of Kells. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College meeting some young spectators along the way. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving at the Book of Kells before enjoying a walkabout at Trinity College with the Provost and President of Trinity Dr Patrick Prendergast. Pic Steve Humphreys 11th July 2018
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Trinity college and the book of Kells. Emma Boden and Sophie Maher are excited as the Duke and Duchess make their way to them during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from their visit to the CHQ and Epic . Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from their visit to the CHQ and Epic . Picture; Gerry Mooney

He was asked by a reporter if "football was coming home" - the chant from the hugely popular Three Lions anthem.

As Harry and Meghan posed for a picture with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, Harry replied laughing "most definitely".

The couple met the president and his wife at tAras an Uachtarain.

They rang a Peace Bell installed in the garden in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace agreement and toured the grounds with the presidential couple and their two Bernese mountain dogs, Brod and Sioda.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from their visit to the CHQ and Epic . Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from their visit to the CHQ and Epic . Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle depart from their visit to the CHQ and Epic . Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Meghan Markle is presented with flowers by Maria Dempsey (7) from Co. Laois. wearing a dress by Paul Costelloe. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured as they arriver for a visit to Epic at the CHQ building. Picture; Gerry Mooney
11th July 2018. Crowds gather to see Prince Harry and Megan leaving lunch at Delahunts on Camden Street Dublin. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
11th July 2018. Crowds gather to see Prince Harry and Megan leaving lunch at Delahunts on Camden Street Dublin. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Meghan, who along with Harry signed the visitors' book at the Aras, wore a Roland Mouret dress for the presidential visit. She later changed into a black trouser suit.

Prior to embarking on the walkabout at Trinity, the couple were shown the Book of Kells.

Warm smiles and banks of mobile phones greeted the couple in the square outside.

Elizabeth Ring, a 19-year-old law student, said of her conversation with the couple: "Meghan said Dublin was her favourite city. Harry said he'd come back with his jacket over his head, incognito."

Emma Boden, 10, gave the couple a handmade card.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Meghan Markle meets with Emma Boden and Sophie Maher during the meet and greet in the college grounds. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
11 July 2018; Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Delahunt Restaurant, Camden street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
11 July 2018; Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, arrive at the Delahunt Restaurant, Camden street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
11th July 2018. Prince Harry and Megan leaving lunch at Delahunts on Camden Street Dublin. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
11th July 2018. Prince Harry and Megan leaving lunch at Delahunts on Camden Street Dublin. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Trinity college after their visit to the book of Kells. Picture; Gerry Mooney

"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."

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 said.

Pauline Beatty was delighted to have got a hug and kiss from Harry. "When I asked him for the hug he said: 'I can't hug you because then I'll have to hug everybody else.' So I just grabbed him. He was scarlet."

Two girls wearing "When Harry Met Meghan" T-shirts were very excited to meet the couple.

"Harry asked me where we got the T-shirts and I told him Asda," said Stephanie Jordan from Belfast. "He asked if they were really selling them there?"

The couple later stopped for a private lunch before continuing on the packed final day of their pre-Brexit charm offensive in Ireland, which comes less than a month after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the country.

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