Meghan greets little fans braving the cold in an $1,813 dress on first snowy outing with Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took a trip to Bristol on February 1, to learn about its cultural history and visit organizations supporting communities in need.
The royal pair arrived 30 minutes late after a 120-mile train ride to Bristol after deciding against flying amid the cold, snowy weather.
The heavily pregnant Meghan stunned in a $1,813 belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de la Renta worn under a black William Vintage coat paired with Sarah Flint 'Marina' suede olive knee-high boots.
The couple made their wait to the 18th century Bristol Old Vic theater and greeted fans gathered outside in chilly 33F temperatures, as Meghan told some of the fans, “I hope everyone gets a nice cup of tea after this!”
Built in 1766, the Bristol Old Vic theater is the oldest continuously-working theatre in the English-speaking world. It serves as a place where the community can congregate and watch entertainment.
Once inside, the royal couple received a tour through the recently-renovated theater where they learned more about its history and links to the community.
Meghan and Prince Harry also partook in a workshop attended by local school children as part of the theater’s community outreach program.
Before heading to their next stop, Prince Harry and Meghan unveiled a commemorative plaque for the renovated theatre.
Next on their agenda for the day was Empire Fighting Chance, a program where boxing is used to fight the impact of deprivation on young people through the sport.
A notable charity that works with children aged 8 to 21, in danger of living a life of unemployment and crime due to family troubles and failing at school. On average, the charity helps about 250 to 300 kids turn their lives around.
At any one time @EmpireFightingC works with around 200 children aged 9 to 18 and runs programmes which help instil discipline, self control, and respect, whilst building self-confidence, life skills, and improving both physical and mental health and fitness. #RoyalVisitBristol pic.twitter.com/eVPJYXCwe8— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 1, 2019
The busy day got capped by a visit to One25. The charity works with street sex workers and women suffering from addiction, helping them to get off the street. They provide women with a nutritious lunch, free clothing, a hot shower, and other basic needs.
The charity also has the backing from professionals to give advice, crisis care, and emotional support. Opportunities to develop skills and improve their self-esteem happen in a relaxed, homely atmosphere and help them in building new, independent lives.
While visiting the charity, they spoke with volunteers in charge of the outreach programme and even helped pack nutritious lunches in the charity kitchen, where Meghan wrote personalized messages on the banana’s that went into each lunch packet.
Being Meghan’s third engagement during a busy week, the Duchess can hopefully enjoy a relaxing weekend at home. But it is unlikely since their new home, Frogmore Cottage, is still under renovation, and there is a lot to be done before they will be able to relax with their new bundle of joy in their own home.
However, the Queen is lending a helping hand. According to a source that spoke with Vanity Fair, Prince Harry and Meghan were presented with a list of paintings that would be available to them to choose from the Queen's private collection.
As they are both lovers of art, the royal couple is probably excited to choose which painting they would like to hang in their new home.
But it's not the only list they have to make their minds up about. Since the royal couple does not know the sex of their baby yet, they have to narrow the list down to a name for both a girl and a boy.
Meanwhile, bookers have already listed the most guessed names for both sexes, featuring boys names like James, as the most popular on Betway, to Betfair’s favorite, Arthur.
As for the girls, Diana is the front runner with several bookmakers, while other names like Victoria, Elizabeth, Alice, Mary, and Grace frequently pop up.
It wouldn't be surprising if Meghan decided to break with tradition in choosing a name for their first born, as many experts suggest.