Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle were in Cardiff today, after an initial one-hour train delay. The couple first visited Cardiff Castle, where they were greeted by enthusiastic crowds, who were there as early as 7 am. The couple shook hands with dignitaries at Cardiff Castle as they began their day of engagements in the city.
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Cardiff Castle is currently hosting the Welsh Culture Festival and during their tour of the castle, Prince Harry and Meghan heard performances from musicians and poets. They then met with leading sportsmen and women and saw what local organisations are doing to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity.
They then travelled to Star Hub, a community and leisure centre in the Tremorfa area. There they learned about how sport is being used to engage young people and how it aids social development. At Star Hub, they saw how StreetGames, a delivery partner of Sport Wales and the Welsh Government, is helping to make sport accessible to all young people. Prince Harry has previously worked with StreetGames. Prince Harry and Meghan also met with several young people who are taking part in doorstep sessions, like street dance and table tennis. They also met with young women from the UsGirls project, which aims to address the barriers that prevent many young women from taking part in sport. It has so far mobilised 5,000 young women across Wales.
This is Meghan’s third official engagement as Prince Harry’s fiance. They previously visited Reprezent 107.3FM, and Meghan made her royal debut in Nottingham, where they visited Nottingham Contemporary where a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair was being held. They met representatives from Terrence Higgins Trust Nottingham, the African Institute for Social Development and Champions for Change. These three organisations support local communities in Nottingham focusing on HIV/AIDS.