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Meghan and Harry charm Cardiff... could Northern Ireland be next on their itinerary?

Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle during a walkabout yesterday at Cardiff Castle in Wales
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle during a walkabout yesterday at Cardiff Castle in Wales

By Tony Jones

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove Cardiff wild when they finally made an appearance in the city after a train delay kept royal fans waiting.

And the visit has sparked speculation that the royal couple will pay a visit to Northern Ireland before their wedding in May.

The hundreds of waiting well-wishers quickly forgave Harry and his bride-to-be for their hour-long delay as they went on a walkabout at Cardiff Castle.

As they shook outstretched hands, the prince said "sorry we're late" while the US actress echoed his words, saying: "I'm so sorry."

Harry and Meghan, who wore a coat by Stella McCartney and trousers by Welsh brand Hiut Denim, responded to the enthusiasm of the crowds by posing for pictures, patiently chatting to young children and accepting gifts.

Meghan even received an invitation from royal superfans Anne and Judy Daley, who were holding a balloon printed with the words Happy Engagement, to stage her hen do in the nightclubs of Cardiff - and she accepted.

The couple also came across their namesakes, Megan Taylor (9) and six-year-old Harry Smith, who presented them with a Welsh love spoon, an early wedding present from the people of Wales.

Ms Markle, who will marry her prince on May 19, said: "Oh my goodness, wow, it's beautiful, thank you very much."

Anne Daley, who had brought her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - named Camilla - to meet the couple, said: "I asked her if she would like to come on a hen night around the nightspots of Cardiff, and she said she'd love to. It was overwhelming, she was so beautiful and kind and she loved Camilla, she gave her a little squeeze."

Harry and his fiancee travelled to Cardiff by train from London but were delayed because of a track fault between the west London suburb of Southall and Slough, Network Rail said.

The couple's visit to Wales suggests a visit to Belfast is on the cards soon - and there is certainly precedent for such. In 2011, Prince William and the then Kate Middleton visited Northern Ireland ahead of their wedding.

As well as Belfast, Harry and Meghan would be expected to travel to Hillsborough Castle, the royal residence here.

Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers on arrival at Cardiff. Pic Getty
Prince Harry's fiancée US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers on arrival at Cardiff. Pic Getty
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Neil Mockford - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle shake hands with guests during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben BirchallBEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben BirchallBEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry (L) and fiancee Meghan Markle leave after their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancée US actress Meghan Markle watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective during a visit at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff, south Wales on January 18, 2018, for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ben BirchallBEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a game of Jenga during a visit to Star Hub in Tremorfa. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Geoff Pugh/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry (R) and fiancee Meghan Markle leave after their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a game of Jenga during a visit to Star Hub in Tremorfa. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Geoff Pugh/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet children during a visit to Star Hub in Tremorfa. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Geoff Pugh/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a game of table tennis during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle writes a note for 10 year old Caitlin Clarke from Marlborough Primary School as Prince Harry looks on during a walkabout at Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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