Meghan Markle and Prince Harry dazzle crowds in Birmingham before royal wedding

By: Meaghan Wray

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry charmed crowds in Birmingham on Thursday (Mar. 8) as they carried out another successful royal engagement. A thunderous applause greeted the couple as they took time to meet royal watchers before heading inside the city’s Millennium Point technology centre. Meghan looked as chic as ever in a J. Crew coat, black cropped Alexander Wang tuxedo trousers and an All Saints turtleneck. And while her husband-to-be looked equally dapper, it was his caring nature with a local schoolgirl that stole the show.

Ten-year-old Sophia Richards caught Harry’s attention and bravely shared her dreams of becoming an actress with the royal. Naturally, the 32-year-old was quick to deliver some inspirational words. “He said, ‘You need to be confident and you can achieve whatever you want to achieve,’” recounted Sophia, adding, “Meghan said that one day she will see me being an actress.”

It was a fitting conversation to have on International Women’s Day as the two were in town to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math subjects. As someone passionate about issues that affect women, Meghan was completely in her element. The event, hosted by the organization Stemettes, provided students with information on how to get a job in their field.

Harry and Meghan were also given a tour of Nechells Wellbeing Centre, where they watched students take part in the Coach Core apprenticeship program. The scheme was designed by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to train young people to become coaches and mentors.

With only three months to go before she walks down the aisle on May 19, Meghan has seamlessly stepped into the shoes of a working royal. Since announcing her engagement, the former Suits star has made it her mission to learn as much as she can about the charities she’ll be involved and proved herself an eager and quick study during visits to Edinburgh, Nottingham, Cardiff and Brixton.

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