Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle was praised as a “complete natural” after her public life began with accomplished appearances meeting well-wishers, charity workers, and students.
With Harry by her side, her introduction to her future role as a royal started with a whirlwind walkabout in Nottingham, where hundreds of excited onlookers chanted the couple’s names or stretched out hands to greet them.
The couple also met delegates at an event marking World Aids Day.
The public meet-and-greet was planned by the prince, 33, to introduce his bride-to-be to a city and its people close to his heart.
In scenes reminiscent of the early days of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s married life, a sea of camera phones greeted their arrival along with chants of “Harry, Harry” and “Meghan, Meghan”.
The American former actress, 36, appeared to take the outpouring of affection and interest from the well-wishers in her stride.
As the walkabout progressed, outside the National Justice Museum in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market district, a woman asked Harry’s fiancee how she felt about being in the city and she replied: “I’m so happy, it’s real good to be here.”
The couple continually touched each other, held hands and glanced into each other’s eyes.
In the nearby Nottingham Contemporary art centre, the couple lent their support to a World Aids Day charity fair hosted by the Terrence Higgins Trust, and both wore red ribbons to show their solidarity.
Chris O’Hanlon from Positively UK, a charity which helps people with HIV, talked to the couple about his own diagnosis.
Afterwards he said: “They seem amazingly comfortable together. You can see that it’s a perfect match. This may have been her first official engagement, but she was a complete natural at it.”