Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Beaming as They Hold Hands in First Royal Visit
As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry prepare to share the rest of their lives together, the couple shared a special moment on Friday when the American actress and humanitarian accompanied her fiancé to charity events near and dear to his heart.
The pair went to the Nottingham Contemporary Exhibition Centre for a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair in what was the first royal event for Markle, who appeared to be a natural in the role.
“Prince Harry has been to Nottingham many times before and is delighted to be introducing the city to Ms. Markle,” Kensington Palace said on its official Twitter page.
Markle and the prince met crowds gathered outside the National Justice Museum, stopping to shake hands and speak to onlookers eager to meet the newly engaged couple before heading inside.
“The visit today focuses on causes that HRH [Prince Harry] is particularly passionate about – raising the awareness of HIV/AIDS and preventing youth crime,” Kensington Palace wrote.
The event was hosted by Terrence Higgins Trust, the largest voluntary private sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the United Kingdom.
Markle and Prince Harry spent the day learning how the organization works in Nottingham to provide support to people living with HIV and AIDS, officials said.
“At each stall, HRH and Ms. Markle spoke to people who work with @THTorguk in Nottingham to encourage people to get tested. #WorldAidsDay,” Kensington Palace wrote.
After, the couple visited Nottingham Academy to see the work of Full Effect, a program established by Prince Harry through the Royal Foundation to help steer young people away from crime.
The organization helps vulnerable young people in the St. Ann's area of Nottingham through early intervention, mentorship and training.
"Prince Harry and Ms. Markle spoke to head teachers about what effect @wearefulleffect is having on their school communities," Kensington Palace wrote.
Throughout the day, Markle and Prince Harry were all smiles, appearing confident and content in what will become their new normal as a couple.
Their work was well-received by social media as well, which exploded with reaction to the couple's first royal visit.
"How happy they look to be together and engaged in this very important work," one person commented on Twitter.
"I'm loving these two together publicly," another person wrote. "For some reason, I see them doing wonderful things for humanity. Lady Diana's spirit is evident in her sons."