ROYAL enthusiasts were kept waiting an hour as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s train was delayed but gave them a very warm reception upon their first trip to Wales.
MEGHAN Markle’s royal training has continued, with the actor and her fiance Prince Harry making their third royal appearance today in Wales.
Four months ahead of their wedding at Windsor Castle, Ms Markle and Prince Harry visited the 2000-year-old Cardiff Castle in the Welsh capital, as part of a day showcasing the culture and heritage of the country.
The couple appeared relaxed and happy during their walkabout in Wales.
The pair watched performances by musicians and poets, met local sportsmen and women, and learned about the community organisations working to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity.
Meghan-mania saw royal fans queuing outside the castle from 6am (5pm AEDT) – seven hours before the couple were set to arrive.
Meghan Markle made her first public appearance in Wales overnight.
Many in the crowd were referring to Ms Markle as “our Princess of Wales”, referencing Harry’s mother, Diana.
Prince Harry’s official title is Henry Prince of Wales, although he is likely to be named the Duke of Sussex as a wedding present from the Queen, with Ms Markle to be known as the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan Markle is already hugely popular with royal fans.
The royal couple then travelled to the Star Hub, a community and leisure centre in the Tremorfa area of the city, to inspect a program which uses sport to engage young people and aid social development.
They visited StreetGames, an organisation Prince Harry has worked with previously, which helps to make sport accessible to all young people regardless of their social circumstances.
The couple were met be cheering fans and flag-waving schoolchildren.
Ms Markle sported a stunning Stella McCartney coat and honoured the location with Welsh brand Hiut Denim.
It was the third royal appearance for Ms Markle, 36, who despite her time in the spotlight as an accomplished TV actor, appeared a little overwhelmed as wellwishers and photographers yelled her name in Brixton, south London last week.
The pair also did a walkabout at Nottingham, in regional UK, in December, shortly after their engagement was announced.
Ms Markle has not yet done a royal visit on her own, but is expected to in the future.
Prince William’s wife Catherine is a full-time royal and has a busy diary of solo royal engagements.
Prince Harry and Ms Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, west of London, on May 19.
Some in the crowd lined up for nine hours in cold temperatures to see the two up close.
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