Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Do First Joint Royal Event

They kick things off in Nottingham
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Do First Joint Royal Event
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive at the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair, in Nottingham, England, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The couple are taking part in their first official visit together, choosing to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS with a visit to a youth project...   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Hundreds of royal fans, some carrying British and American flags, lined the streets of Nottingham on Friday in hopes of catching a glimpse of Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle. The trip is the first official engagement for Harry and the American actress since they announced earlier this week that they would wed. They plan to tour Britain in the next six months to give Markle an opportunity to learn about the country before their wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The couple traveled to the east Midlands in England to visit a youth project and to raise AIDS awareness. It is Prince Harry's third visit to Nottingham since October last year. The prince has long championed AIDS charities, following in the footsteps of Princess Diana, reports the AP.

The BBC reports that a rep for the couple has confirmed that Markle will cease the work she's been doing related to gender with the UN and will start new charity work, with a rep for the prince saying her focus would be on the UK. "This is the country that's going to be her home now and that means travelling around, getting to know the towns and cities and smaller communities," he said. And per the BBC, she's making an effort, with the couple having spent 30 minutes in the cold talking to people who had come out to see them in Nottingham. One was Irene Hardman, 81, who has handed bags of candy to both Princes William and Harry and their father, Prince Charles. She came armed with another goodie bag ready to hand over. This one has two fridge magnets "so they don't fight over it."

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