Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle have received a warm welcome as they visited Edinburgh.Prince Harry and his American fiancee Meghan Markle, who was dressed in a Scottish tartan coat, have been welcomed enthusiastically in Edinburgh on an official joint visit to Scotland.
Crowds who had waited hours on Tuesday in the cold outside Edinburgh Castle were thrilled with the smiling couple.
“They are just amazing, so down to earth and people’s people who bring everyone together,” said Amanda Scott, from Edinburgh.
Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, who wore a blackwatch tartan coat, were officially welcomed to the city by the Royal Marines Scotland Band at the castle, where they observed the firing of the one o’clock gun, a tradition that dates back to 1861.
They also visited Social Bite, a charity that runs cafes and distributes food to the homeless, as well as employing staff who have been homeless. The eatery has attracted visits from other high-profile names such as actors George Clooney and Leonardo di Caprio.
The royal couple’s social work spoke highly of them, Scott’s 13-year-old daughter said.
“I think it’s great they do all this stuff for charity, that they are in power but they use their power for good,” she said.
Harry and Markle were also due to attend a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, meeting youth representatives from several charities.
“They are active in the community and they are not sitting up in a castle somewhere barking orders at people so I think this is a good generation for the royals,” said Richard Aylward, a 46-year-old n visiting family in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, fifth in line to the throne, and Markle, star of the US TV legal drama Suits, announced their engagement last year and will be married on May 19 at Windsor Castle.
As part of a tour of Britain before their big day, they have also visited the English city of Nottingham and the Welsh capital Cardiff.