How royally cute?! While greeting hundreds of flag-waving fans and well-wishers outside Cardiff Castle during their first official joint visit to Wales on Thursday, Jan. 18, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle once again prove themselves as firm crowd favorites. The newly-engaged couple excitedly received a sweet wedding present — from their mini-mes, no less!
Harry Smith and Megan Taylor, from a local primary school, presented the loved-up duo with a Celtic spoon engraved with their initials. And while a kitchen utensil might not sound romantic at first blush, the custom of carving and giving "Love Spoons" dates back centuries in Wales. In fact, young men would gift them as a token of their affection.
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Upon receiving the lovely present, the Duchess-to-be reportedly told the younger Megan "you've got freckles, just like me." Meghan, 36, looked stunning in a familiar color palette of neutrals for the occasion, opting for a long black Stella McCartney coat cinched at the waist with a wide ribbon-style belt and black boots. She accented the look with a saddlebag-shaped purse in emerald green by the British brand Demellier. Harry, 33, kept things low-key in a black overcoat with a bright blue sweater over a white shirt.
During their whistle-stop tour to the region, the duo also dropped by Star Hub — a community and leisure center in Tremorfa to see how sport is being used to engage young people and aid social development. It was here that the beloved prince encouraged a group of dancing youngsters to "mob" his fiancée, saying: "Let's all give Meghan a group hug!"
After swarming his bride-to-be in cuddles and squeals of delight for a few seconds, Harry jokingly interrupted. "And release," he said. "She's mine!"
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The couple's visit to Wales — complete with the hand-holding we've come to expect from the lovely duo! — follows successful visits to Nottingham and Brixton in south London. It's all part of their get-to-know Britain tour in the countdown to the royal wedding on May 19. The couple became engaged over a roast chicken dinner at their home, Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
"It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us. Roasting a chicken... trying to roast a chicken," Harry said of the private moment during an interview with BBC News broadcaster Mishal Husain.
"She didn't even let me finish, she said 'can I say yes, can I say yes?' and then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like can I... can I give you the ring? She goes — oh yes the ring."
"It was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us and I think managed to catch her by surprise as well." Meghan added: "It was so sweet and natural and very romantic." The pair will tie the knot at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.