Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle visited Birmingham today. The couple were greeted by John Crabtree, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands.
The visit began with a walkabout and Stephen McNally, who was in the crowd told, The Telegraph, “It will be different for her but I think they’ve learnt a lot from the past and that is why Meghan is doing these walkabouts and going round the country before she’s getting married, I think it’s really nice, rather than keeping things a secret like they used to do.
“We hope to be going to Windsor for the wedding, on the streets or in the castle precinct.”
The couple learned about the work of two projects which support young people from the local community. To mark International Women’s Day, the couple attended an event at Millennium Point which hopes to inspire the next generation of young women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
The event brought together female students from local secondary schools to discuss future careers in STEM areas. Prince Harry told female students Tara Vooght and Lauren Bull, both 15, who hope to become engineers, “It’s a great choice, we want to get away from [the idea] that it’s all men in overalls and oily rags.
“Do you think that girls want to be [in engineering] and there aren’t opportunities, or it is not really considered by them?”
Prince Harry and his soon-to-be-bride then visited Nechells Wellbeing Centre to join Birmingham’s Coach Core apprentices as they take part in a training masterclass led by Create Development. This scheme is close to the young royal’s heart and was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to train young to become sports coaches and mentors in their communities.
Harry and Meghan met with some of the apprentices to talk about their experiences of the scheme – which launched in Birmingham last year. They then observed as practice training sessions were delivered in the sports hall.