Just a few days after revealing their exciting engagement news, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting to work. Today, the pair headed to Nottingham, England, to undertake their first official royal engagement as a couple — and they’re already a dream team.
Appearing at the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair, Harry and Markle held hands and were warmly affectionate with each other as they greeted fans gathered to welcome them. The young royals shook hands with the crowd, as Markle could reportedly be heard introducing herself to people by saying, “Hi, I’m Meghan.”
“Prince Harry has been to Nottingham many times before and is delighted to be introducing the city to Ms. Markle,” Kensington Palace tweeted. The Palace previously said that he was eager to have his future wife alongside him in the “community that has become very special to him.”
Harry has already done a lot of work to help raise awareness and fight the stigma of people living with HIV/AIDS. He even went live on Instagram for the first time just over a year ago to show himself getting an HIV test. The visit to Nottingham will continue this work as he and Markle learn more about Terrence Higgins Trust’s initiatives and encourage everyone to get tested.
Since they announced their engagement, which happened earlier in November, the location of their May wedding has already been revealed, and Markle has officially transitioned out of her acting career to undertake her work with Harry.
“I think what’s been really exciting, as we talk about the transition out of my career and into my role, is the causes that are really important to me that I can focus even more energy on,” Markle said in the couple’s first joint interview following their engagement announcement. “Very early out of the gate, I think you realize you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen to, and with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.”
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