Meghan Markle and Prince Harry brave the cold for visit to Bristol

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex braved the snowy conditions gripping the south west of England for an official visit to Bristol today, which resulted in a slight delay in their arrival. 

This came after Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple’s day-long visit to the city was go ahead in spite of the weather, with waiting crowds noticeably thinner due to the icy temperatures. 

There had been concern that the inclement conditions could have hampered their journey down from London and it is understood that contingency plans were being put in place, just in case. But aides said today that they were determined to be there. 

The couple cancelled their plans to fly because of the weather and arrived by train, about half an hour later than planned. 

Pregnant Meghan, 37, looked elegant as she joined Prince Harry, 34, for their joint engagement, greeting loyal fans and a group of excited youngsters from Abbeywood pre-school, who had spent a chilly morning waiting for the royals.

Meghan wore a dark ensemble for the visit, warding off the cold in a William Vintage woolly coat and a printed £1,400 Oscar de la Renta dress, injecting a splash of colour in suede olive knee-high boots and leaving her blow-dried hair down in soft curls for the occasion. 

During their visit, the royals are meeting members of the public to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history and visit organisations supporting communities most in need.

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766. 

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, looked elegant as she joined Prince Harry, 34, for their joint engagement in Bristol, opting for a black coat, a £1400 Oscar de la Renta dress and olive knee-high boots as she greeted loyal fans who braved the icy temperatures to wait for their arrival

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, looked elegant as she joined Prince Harry, 34, for their joint engagement in Bristol, opting for a black coat, a £1400 Oscar de la Renta dress and olive knee-high boots as she greeted loyal fans who braved the icy temperatures to wait for their arrival

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, looked elegant as she joined Prince Harry, 34, for their joint engagement in Bristol, opting for a black coat, a £1400 Oscar de la Renta dress and olive knee-high boots as she greeted loyal fans who braved the icy temperatures to wait for their arrival

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The duchess has an affinity with theatre having spent a decade working as an actress in television, where she was best known for playing lawyer Rachel Zane in the hit legal drama series Suits. 

The Duke and Duchess will tour the recently renovated facility, finding out more about the theatre’s unique history and links to the local community. 

Meghan was seen braving the snow without an umbrella, showing off a glimpse of her belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta underneath her winter coat as she chatted to her fans. 

Coordinating her outfit perfectly, Meghan teamed her £530 Sarah Flint ‘Marina’ boots with a coordinating olive clutch, holding a pair of nude gloves as she made her way through the crowds.  

Meghan wore a dark ensemble for the visit, warding off the cold in a woolly coat and a printed £1,400 Oscar de la Renta dress, injecting a splash of colour in suede olive knee-high boots and leaving her blow-dried hair down in soft curls for the occasion

Meghan wore a dark ensemble for the visit, warding off the cold in a woolly coat and a printed £1,400 Oscar de la Renta dress, injecting a splash of colour in suede olive knee-high boots and leaving her blow-dried hair down in soft curls for the occasion

Meghan wore a dark ensemble for the visit, warding off the cold in a woolly coat and a printed £1,400 Oscar de la Renta dress, injecting a splash of colour in suede olive knee-high boots and leaving her blow-dried hair down in soft curls for the occasion

The couple greeted loyal fans and a group of excited youngsters from Abbeywood pre-school, who had spent a chilly morning waiting for the royals - many with princess costumes under their snowsuits

The couple greeted loyal fans and a group of excited youngsters from Abbeywood pre-school, who had spent a chilly morning waiting for the royals - many with princess costumes under their snowsuits

The couple greeted loyal fans and a group of excited youngsters from Abbeywood pre-school, who had spent a chilly morning waiting for the royals – many with princess costumes under their snowsuits

Preparing for parenthood, pregnant Meghan and Harry were seen bending down to speak to their youngest fans, nursery school children had princess costumes underneath their snowsuits. 

Chattting to a group of youngsters from nearby Abbeywood Tots Nursery, Meghan beckoned Harry over to join her.

‘Are you nice and warm in here?’ asked Harry, admiring one of the youngster’s snowsuits He then laughed mischievously: ‘You know you guys can run anywhere you want!’

Congratulated on her pregnancy, Meghan said: ‘Oh thank you’, before chatting about yoga with a well-wisher and saying: ‘What kind of yoga do you do? It works for the mind and body, it’s so key. A nice practice would be so fantastic right now.‘ 

Speaking to other fans, Meghan was heard explaining that she and Harry had got the train down today, adding: ‘It was a few minutes late but we tried our best to get down here fast.’

Thanking fans for braving the weather, she joked: ‘Sorry my hand is cold!’ to one onlooker, while adding: ‘Nice to meet you. Thank you o staying outside in this weather.’

She added: ‘I hope everyone gets a nice cup of tea after this. We are just happy to be here.’    

Prince Harry looked handsome in a grey pea coat and matching trousers, braving the cold in navy suede boots as he arrived at the Old Vic Bristol in the snow with pregnant Meghan. The pair looked in high spirits despite the snow conditions

Prince Harry looked handsome in a grey pea coat and matching trousers, braving the cold in navy suede boots as he arrived at the Old Vic Bristol in the snow with pregnant Meghan. The pair looked in high spirits despite the snow conditions

Prince Harry looked handsome in a grey pea coat and matching trousers, braving the cold in navy suede boots as he arrived at the Old Vic Bristol in the snow with pregnant Meghan. The pair looked in high spirits despite the snow conditions

Meghan was seen braving the snow without an umbrella, showing off a glimpse of her belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta underneath her winter coat as she chatted to her fans

Meghan was seen braving the snow without an umbrella, showing off a glimpse of her belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta underneath her winter coat as she chatted to her fans

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766

Meghan was seen braving the snow without an umbrella, showing off a glimpse of her belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta underneath her winter coat as she chatted to her fans

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766. Meghan is seen chatting to the crowds in the snow

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766. Meghan is seen chatting to the crowds in the snow

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766. Meghan is seen chatting to the crowds in the snow

Once inside the venue, Meghan showed off her incredible dress- a belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta with long balloon sleeves and a belted waist which showed off her blossoming baby bump, as she chatted with staff.

This will be Meghan’s third engagement of the week, in what has been a busy few days for The Duchess of Sussex. 

The royals will also drop in on a workshop attended by local school children which is part of Bristol Old Vic’s outreach programme.

Although Meghan spent ten years working in television, her background is in theatre and she holds a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University.

Meghan volunteered at a performing arts after-school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

Earlier this year Meghan was officially announced as patron of the National Theatre, a post previously held by the Queen for 45 years.

Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex seen on a Tour of The Old Vic Theatre during their visit to Bristol

Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex seen on a Tour of The Old Vic Theatre during their visit to Bristol

Meghan was seen smiling as she chatted to staff inside the theatre

Meghan was seen smiling as she chatted to staff inside the theatre

Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex seen on a Tour of The Old Vic Theatre during their visit to Bristol- Meghan showed off her incredible animal-print dress

Once inside the venue Meghan showed off her incredible dress- a belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta with long balloon sleeves and a belted waist which showed off her blossoming baby bump

Once inside the venue Meghan showed off her incredible dress- a belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta with long balloon sleeves and a belted waist which showed off her blossoming baby bump

Once inside the venue Meghan showed off her incredible dress- a belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta with long balloon sleeves and a belted waist which showed off her blossoming baby bump

A glowing Meghan was seen beaming with joy as she took a tour through the theatre, cutting a very stylish figure in her printed dress and matching olive boots and clutch

A glowing Meghan was seen beaming with joy as she took a tour through the theatre, cutting a very stylish figure in her printed dress and matching olive boots and clutch

A glowing Meghan was seen beaming with joy as she took a tour through the theatre, cutting a very stylish figure in her printed dress and matching olive boots and clutch

Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex seen on a Tour of The Old Vic Theatre during their visit to snowy Bristol on Friday

Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex seen on a Tour of The Old Vic Theatre during their visit to snowy Bristol on Friday

Meghan Markle The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry Duke of Sussex seen on a Tour of The Old Vic Theatre during their visit to snowy Bristol on Friday

On Wednesday she visited the National Theatre in London to learn about the work of the institution and meet staff and apprentices working behind the scenes.  

The duchess has previously spoken of her passion for using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds together, and her visit today will focus on the work that the NT does, as well as meeting some of the talented teams and apprentices working behind the scenes.

Ahead of their visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the royals were pictured meeting members of the public gathered outside.

The final visit of the day will be to Empire Fighting Chance, which aims to fight the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives through boxing. 

The charity supports children aged 8 to 21 who are failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime, and helps them turn their lives around. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre. In sweet pictures Meghan was seen bending down to help a little child get the hood off his face

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre. In sweet pictures Meghan was seen bending down to help a little child get the hood off his face

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre. In sweet pictures Meghan was seen bending down to help a little child get the hood off his face

Coordinating her outfit perfectly, Meghan teamed her £530 Sarah Flint 'Marina' boots with a coordinating olive clutch, holding a pair of nude gloves as she made her way through the crowds with Harry

Coordinating her outfit perfectly, Meghan teamed her £530 Sarah Flint 'Marina' boots with a coordinating olive clutch, holding a pair of nude gloves as she made her way through the crowds with Harry

Coordinating her outfit perfectly, Meghan teamed her £530 Sarah Flint ‘Marina’ boots with a coordinating olive clutch, holding a pair of nude gloves as she made her way through the crowds with Harry

Prince Harry showed off his fatherly side as he joined Meghan in helping a little boy get the hood off his face, giggling as he chatted to his young fan

Prince Harry showed off his fatherly side as he joined Meghan in helping a little boy get the hood off his face, giggling as he chatted to his young fan

Prince Harry showed off his fatherly side as he joined Meghan in helping a little boy get the hood off his face, giggling as he chatted to his young fan

The Duchess of Sussex was seen chatting to crowds animatedly as she arrived for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre

The Duchess of Sussex was seen chatting to crowds animatedly as she arrived for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre

The Duchess of Sussex was seen chatting to crowds animatedly as she arrived for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre

An aide (left) lifts the coat of the Duchess of Sussex out of a puddle as she speaks to children at a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration 

An aide (left) lifts the coat of the Duchess of Sussex out of a puddle as she speaks to children at a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration 

An aide (left) lifts the coat of the Duchess of Sussex out of a puddle as she speaks to children at a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration 

Empire Fighting Chance works with around 250-300 children per week and runs programmes which help instill discipline, self control, and respect, whilst building self-confidence, life skills, and improving both physical and mental health and fitness. 

During their visit Meghan and Harry- who has himself boxed- will have the opportunity to meet with young people using the boxing gym, speak to coaches about the positive impact Empire Fighting Chance is having on young people in Bristol and watch a couple of training sessions attended by primary and secondary school pupils.

This is Meghan’s third engagement of the week, after she visited the the National Theatre on London’s South Bank on Wednesday, of which she is a royal patron.

On Thursday the busy royal attended a meeting with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at City, University of London, in Islington, to officially launch the last of her four new patronages.

During their visit, the royals are meeting members of the public to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history and visit organisations supporting communities most in need.

During their visit, the royals are meeting members of the public to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history and visit organisations supporting communities most in need.

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766

During their visit, the royals are meeting members of the public to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history and visit organisations supporting communities most in need. 

Harry and Meghan's visit to Bristol came after Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple’s day-long visit to the city was go ahead in spite of the weather, and there are no expected delays. Crowds braved the snowy weather to catch a glimpse of the royals arriving

Harry and Meghan's visit to Bristol came after Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple’s day-long visit to the city was go ahead in spite of the weather, and there are no expected delays. Crowds braved the snowy weather to catch a glimpse of the royals arriving

Harry and Meghan’s visit to Bristol came after Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple’s day-long visit to the city was go ahead in spite of the weather, and there are no expected delays. Crowds braved the snowy weather to catch a glimpse of the royals arriving

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766 (pictured)

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766 (pictured)

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766 (pictured)

Harry and Meghan's visit to Bristol followed concern that the inclement conditions could have hampered their journey down from London and it is understood that contingency plans were being put in place, just in case. Barricades are seen ahead of their visit

Harry and Meghan's visit to Bristol followed concern that the inclement conditions could have hampered their journey down from London and it is understood that contingency plans were being put in place, just in case. Barricades are seen ahead of their visit

Harry and Meghan’s visit to Bristol followed concern that the inclement conditions could have hampered their journey down from London and it is understood that contingency plans were being put in place, just in case. Barricades are seen ahead of their visit

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Old Vic Bristol in the snow. Among the cheering crowds a fan put up a sign asking them to help preserve wildlife

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Old Vic Bristol in the snow. Among the cheering crowds a fan put up a sign asking them to help preserve wildlife

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Old Vic Bristol in the snow. Among the cheering crowds a fan put up a sign asking them to help preserve wildlife

Duchess of Sussex is pretty in peach at the National Theatre as she makes her debut as royal patron after succeeding the Queen 

The Duchess of Sussex met staff at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank on Wednesday in her first official visit since succeeding the Queen as its royal patron.

Meghan wore head-to-toe peach, teaming a £1,728 Brandon Maxwell mini dress with a matching £2,004 blazer, £440 Aquazzura pumps and a Carolina Herrera clutch.

Meghan arrived at the National Theatre in London on Wednesday

Meghan arrived at the National Theatre in London on Wednesday

Meghan arrived at the National Theatre in London on Wednesday

Her hair was styled in a high chignon with a sleek side parting, as she arrived to learn about the work of the institution and meet staff and apprentices working behind the scenes.

The duchess has an affinity with theatre having spent a decade working as an actress in television, where she was best known for playing lawyer Rachel Zane in the hit legal drama series Suits.

During her visit Meghan, 37, joined a workshop with members of the Pericles production before meeting apprentices working as technicians in different departments from carpentry to metalwork and painting.

Although Meghan spent ten years working in television, her background is in theatre; as well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, she volunteered at a performing arts after-school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, following weeks of speculation, Meghan was officially announced as patron of the National Theatre, a post previously held by the Queen for 45 years. 

The duchess has previously spoken of her passion for using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds together, and her visit today will focus on the work that the NT does, as well as meeting some of the talented teams and apprentices working behind the scenes.

Each year, the National Theatre puts on a range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe.

In 2017 and 2018 alone, it staged 19 productions at the South Bank, ten across the UK, three in the West End and six internationally.

Its UK-wide learning and participation programme supports young people’s creative education through performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let’s Play.

The NT extends its reach through digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries, and the free streaming service On Demand In Schools, used by nearly 60 per cent of UK state secondary schools.

Founded by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1963, the NT first had its home at the Old Vic theatre, but relocated to its current home on the South Bank in 1976.

The Duchess of Sussex arrived at the National Theatre on London 's South Bank for her first official visit since succeeding the Queen as its royal patron. Meghan, who is six months pregnant, wore head-to-toe peach

The Duchess of Sussex arrived at the National Theatre on London 's South Bank for her first official visit since succeeding the Queen as its royal patron. Meghan, who is six months pregnant, wore head-to-toe peach

The Duchess of Sussex arrived at the National Theatre on London ‘s South Bank for her first official visit since succeeding the Queen as its royal patron. Meghan, who is six months pregnant, wore head-to-toe peach

 

 

 

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