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Harry and Meghan may visit Belfast ahead of wedding

By Staff Reporter

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could visit Northern Ireland as part of a pre-wedding Royal tour.

The newly-engaged couple will travel to various parts of the UK to meet well-wishers before they tie the knot next year.

Former Suits actress Ms Markle, who will wed the Queen's grandson at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May, will join Harry in travelling around different towns and cities ahead of her nuptials, Kensington Palace said.

While a spokesman would not confirm a Northern Ireland visit, he said: "She wants to spend this time learning about the UK.

"This is the country that's going to be her home now."

There is certainly precedent for such a visit.

In 2011, Prince William and the then Kate Middleton visited Northern Ireland ahead of their wedding.

The couple would likely visit Belfast and would be expected to travel to Hillsborough Castle, the royal residence here.

Her introduction to the UK begins with an away day to Nottingham on Friday, her first official royal engagement.

The pair will visit the Nottingham Contemporary which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World Aids Day charity fair, and also visit Nottingham Academy to meet headteachers taking part in the Full Effect programme.

There will also be a walkabout by the bride and groom-to-be - a royal rite of passage for the future royal.

Meghan's commitment to becoming a full-time royal was clear when the Palace confirmed she will become the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry after the wedding.

It is likely to be renamed, depending on which dukedom Harry is given at his wedding by his grandmother the Queen. The foundation is behind programmes such as Heads Together.

The actress was behind the decision to end her current charitable work before she begins with the foundation.

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