Trust Prince Harry to bring some spontaneity to a royal outing! While he and his wife-to-be Meghan Markle were visiting Cardiff on Thursday (Jan. 18), the cheeky prince encouraged a group of children to mob Meghan with hugs.
The former Suits actress was playing Jenga with the group, while Harry was busy dancing – an old past time of the royal – to popular songs like “Despacito”. He then encouraged the kids to go after Meghan, saying, “Let’s all give Meghan a group hug!” The bride-to-be, who always stops and chats with young fans on official outings, accepted the joyous attack with open arms.
The newly engaged couple was on their second royal outing of the year – their third since becoming engaged – at the Star Hub sport centre in Wales. The initiative began in Tremorfa, an economically disadvantaged area of Wales, and aims to use sport to assist in social development. And it’s no surprise that Harry is involved – the athletic royal is always a shoo-in for programs that blend sports with youth advocacy.
Meghan and Harry’s values are clearly aligned. After the two had a brief meeting, they got to know a group of young women from the project UsGirls. The 36-year-old royal-to-be, an adamant feminist herself, likely loves being involved in an organization that encourages girls to take part in sport. Meghan remarked to the schoolgirls, who were peddling away while waiting on their arrival, “You are all still smiling! How much better is it to come here each evening instead of sitting at home, playing on the PlayStation?”
One lucky little lady got to meet the future bride and couldn’t help but gush over Meghan’s personality, “She was amazing, so easy to talk to,” Mary Coffey, 13, explained before adding, “And so beautiful! There was a glow about her.”