PRINCE Harry dished out praise to a ginger bearded hipster as he toured the Scottish capital with his future bride.
He was visiting Edinburgh with Meghan Markle as part of a series of royal engagements leading up to their wedding on May 19 this year.
Harry compliments the ginger bearded well-wisher (circled), shouting ‘love your beard!’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh and watch ceremonial gun fire display from Edinburgh castle
The couple were chatting to some of their well-wishers when Harry singled out a ginger bearded man and cried: “Love your beard, well done!”
Meanwhile Meghan immediately endeared herself to the heaving crowds with a £1,855 Burberry tartan coat inspired by Scots army regiment Black Watch.
The future royal also told the waiting crowds that her hen do was already “sorted” and “will be fun”.
They met members of the public during a walkabout in the Scottish capital on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
SWNS:South West News Service Meghan Markle wowed royal fans in Edinburgh today
The trip to Scotland marks the fourth public appearance Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, have made together.
It follows their successful visits to Nottingham, Brixton in South London and Cardiff in the months that followed their engagement announcement in November.
Today, they made their first stop at the esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle where they were officially welcomed by the Royal Marines Scotland Band.
The couple were also introduced to the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, a Shetland pony who went against strict royal protocol and bit the prince’s hand.
Getty Images – Getty Meghan Markle proved to be a huge hit with Scottish well-wishers
Getty – Contributor Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spoke to locals during a visit to Edinbugh castle
The pair stood still to watch the firing of the One O’Clock Gun.
Una Mallon, a mother of four, 47, from Belfast, was excited as she tried to catch a glimpse of the couple.
She said: “We are expecting to see Meghan and Harry, we are so excited.
“My prediction is that Meghan is going to be our new Diana. A wee touch of Meghan adds a bit of sparkle.
AFP The couple looked very much in love as they went on their royal walkabout in Edinburgh
PA:Press Association Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are introduced to the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
SWNS:South West News Service Royal fans young and old turned out in their thousands to meet the young couple
PA:Press Association Meghan Markle looked stylish in a tartan coat
“She’s already working behind the scenes as she’s doing secret visits. She is passionate about her causes and I think Harry and her are going to be the perfect team.
“I always have a soft spot for Kate and William, but I think together the boys are doing a great job and their partners show great support.
“We are big fans of the Royal Family. We are visiting Edinburgh for the half term and we are actually considering moving to Edinburgh soon.”
Kim Cameron, 55, from Danderhall, Midlothian, added: “I just want to see them because I love the Royal Family. I want to show them love and support.
PA:Press Association The couple appeared to be in a romantic mood as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner
Reuters Meghan Markle and Prince Harry strolled arm-in-arm as they were greeted by royal fans in Scotland
Reuters The engaged couple weren’t shy to show their love as they held hands in Edinburgh
“Harry is our favourite, he seems more down to earth. He could be your best friend, just the kind of guy you want to have a beer with. Both of them are like that.
“They seem happy and they try to be as normal as possible. It’s just very exciting and I love the energy too.”
Harry and Meghan then visited Social Bite, a café and social business that tackles homelessness — a cause close to Harry’s heart.
The organisation runs social enterprise cafés throughout Scotland and distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to the homeless each year.
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PA:Press Association Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
PA:Press Association The couple looked very much in love during the royal walkabout in Edinburgh
They also employ staff who have experienced homelessness themselves and are working on a housing project for the homeless.
Harry and Meghan got to learn more about the social enterprise and toured the kitchen.
It was another high-profile visit for the Social Bite as Holywood star George Clooney stopped by for a sandwich at their premises in 2015.
The couple rounded off their visit by attending a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements.
AP:Associated Press Meghan Markle and Prince Harry speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh
Getty Images – Getty Meghan Markle was on her first official royal engagement in Scotland
The Year of Young People is an initiative aiming to inspire Scotland through its youngsters by celebrating their achievements and strengthening their voice on social issues.
Youth representatives from various charities and organisations that work with and for young people across the country were present.
And the reception provided an opportunity for them to discuss their aspirations for the year and the activities that they have been involved in so far.
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Who Is Invited To Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding? Latest Rumours And News On The Royal Wedding Guest List
WITHOUT a shadow of doubt, Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle will be one of the major news events of the year – but who’s going to be on the guest list?
The forthcoming royal nuptials are sure to be a star-studded affair, with the couple boasting a host of high-profile pals. Here’s what we know so far about who could be attending the big day.
EPA The couple released their official engagement photos shortly before Christmas
Who’s invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?
Prince Harry has admitted the guest list hasn’t yet been finalised – so beyond knowing that the likes of The Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William will be invited, it’s all still to play for.
One thing seems certain, though – there won’t be as many wedding guests as when Harry’s big brother tied the knot in 2011.
This is because Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding took place at Westminster Abbey, with 1,900 guests – St George’s chapel, Harry and Meghan’s venue, has a capacity of 800 people.
Kate and Wills had their fair share of celebrity guests, such as the Beckhams, Sir Elton John and the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.
Also likely to be on Harry’s invite list are Tom Inskip and Guy Pelley. Harry may also want to invite Army comrades who he served alongside in Afghanistan.
With Meghan counting the likes of Serena Williams and her Suits on-screen partner Patrick J. Adams among her celeb pals, expect plenty of famous faces.
It’s inevitable that the wedding will be attended by a host of foreign royals, as well as significant political figures from across the Commonwealth.
And with an American marrying into the royal family for the first time, there has been speculation over whether Donald Trump will receive an invite.
One man who seemed determined to get an invite is Anthony Joshua, one of Harry’s guests during his special Radio 4 appearance – and he wants a starring role.
He tweeted a picture of himself with Harry, and wrote: “Back to work this morning! Congrats on everything this year and no pressure on the R4 guest edit.
“PS – need a best man?”
PA:Press Association Anthony Joshua made a bid to be the royal best man when Harry guest edited on Radio 4
Will Elton John attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding?
The Sun has revealed that Elton John would be attending the Royal wedding.
The Rocket Man has cancelled two Las Vegas gigs on the same May weekend as the Royal nuptials, which leaves him free to attend or even perform.
The singer was a close friend of Harry’s mum Princess Diana and was among a handful of celebrities to attend Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
It was the same venue where he famously sang Candle in the Wind at Diana’s funeral in 1997.
Will Barack Obama be at the Royal wedding?
It was reported that the couple were keen to invite Barack Obama to the wedding rather than Trump – which had all the makings of a sticky political situation.
The 33-year-old prince has become good friends with Barack Obama and his wife Michelle since bonding with them during the Invictus Games.
Getty – Contributor Prince Harry and President Obama enjoying this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto
Harry told aides he wanted the former US president and wife Michelle, who he counts as friends, to attend the big day at Windsor Castle on May 19.
But government mandarins had pleaded with the couple to change their minds as Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House sunk to their lowest ebb since his election last year.
And it seems they have had a rethink, as a source told the Daily Mail: “President Trump will not be invited because the wedding will be for friends and family only.
“It won’t be a state occasion. If Mr Obama was invited, the invitation could look like a snub to Mr Trump, and His Royal Highness would not wish to cause a diplomatic row.”
But Britain’s relations with Trump’s White House have sunk to their lowest ebb since his election last year.
The Sun revealed that the Government was urging the prince not to invite the Obamas, at risk of worsening tensions with the current administration.
The prince was quizzed on the possibility of inviting the Obamas when he guest-edited BBC Radio 4’s Today programme just after Christmas.
However, he refused to be drawn on the matter, insisting: “I don’t know about that, we haven’t even put the invites or the guest list together yet.
“So who knows who is going to be invited or not. I wouldn’t want to ruin that surprise.”
Will the Foo Fighters be performing at the Royal wedding?
The Sun’s Bizarre column exclusively revealed that the Foo Fighters have dropped hints they want to perform at the wedding.
Frontman Dave Grohl said: “I’ve saved the date. The performance was good. It’s nice to feel like a wedding band when everyone’s at tables eating tiramisu.”
The band, who picked up Best International Group at the Brit Awards 2018, played at Harry’s Invictus Games in 2014.
When are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?
Shortly after the engagement was announced, it was revealed that the wedding between Harry and Meghan will take place next spring in May.
On December 15, Kensington Palace confirmed the ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
The wedding is taking place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, which is where Harry was christened when he was three months old.
In a statement, Clarence House said: “Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel.
“The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.”
Where are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?
The couple will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Charles and Camilla had their televised blessing there in 2005 and it offers the couple a more low key venue than Westminster Abbey, where Kate Middleton and Prince William got married.
St George’s Chapel can accommodate 800 guests, whereas the Abbey seats 2,000.
Harry and Meghan have said they are looking at ways to make their wedding an event that members of the public can feel a part of.
It is also the most convenient option for the Queen and Philip, who spend most of their time at the Castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding will be held on Saturday 19 May 2018, Kensington Palace has announced
Charlie Gard’s Dad Slams Loose Women’s Rebekah Vardy For Saying There Was ‘nothing They Could Do’ For Tragic Tot
THE dad of tragic cancer tot Charlie Gard has slammed Rebekah Vardy over comments she made on Loose Women.
Chris Gard launch into a furious Facebook rant after Rebekah, 35, told viewers “there was nothing” his parents could have done to save the tragic lad.
Rebekah Vardy was attacked by Charlie Gard’s dad for saying there was nothing the tot’s parents could have done to save him
The I’m a Celebrity star was discussing Alfie Evans, the poor 21-month-old boy who is fighting for life in a coma and has been compared to Charlie Gard.
She admitted to co-hosts “I’ve got no medical experience whatsoever”.
But she corrected her fellow panelists when Alfie was likened to Charlie, saying: “Charlie Gard was slightly different.
“With no disrespect to his family, there was really nothing like could do for him.”
Her comments sparked an angry backlash from Charlie’s dad.
PA:Press Association Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates lost their battle to take the tot to America for treatment
Chris Gard’s furious Facebook rant at Rebekah
Charlie’s dad told the Loose Woman ‘Unless you know the facts, keep your opinions to yourself’ Charlie Gard’s parents: had treatment been sooner he could have been a normal, healthy boy
He posted: “Someone just alerted me to Loose Women as they’d heard Charlie mentioned.
“Well let me tell you now Rebekah, and a lot of others out there, you are CATEGORICALLY WRONG!!”
Furious Chris added: “HOW DARE YOU MENTION MY SON WHEN YOU KNOW NOTHING!!
“I’m sick to death of hearing my sons name just thrown about and everyone thinking that we had false hope and we were fighting a lost cause and that we just couldn’t let go of our child.
“Unless you know the facts, keep your opinions to yourself. You really don’t have a clue.”
Instagram The star had earlier revealed to the show her enhanced bust implants are ‘rippling’ Rebekah Vardy reveals she’s having her breast implants removed on Loose Women
She joked with Saira that they’ve dropped to the point that she can ‘feel them when she bends over’ Alfie Evans is in a coma with his parents fighting against the hospital to turn off his life support
Chris also posted a letter of scientific evidence advocating treatment.
He added a pic of a shrine to Charlie and paid touching tribute, saying: “Love you Charlie. Miss you so much champ and I still get prouder of you by the day x.”
Charlie died a week before his first birthday, after a long fight against a rare and devastating genetic illness.
His parents were stuck in a bitter legal row with Great Ormond Street, with the some doctors claiming to have had death threats over it.
Charlie’s mum Connie revealed that he had lost his battle with his illness, and had died a week before his first birthday. In a statement the pair said: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”
PA:Press Association Charlie had a rare disease called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome Charlie Gard tragically dies one week before his first birthday
It was revealed that Charlie would be buried along with his two favourite cuddly monkeys, as his parents planned the tragic tot’s funeral.
Medics are baffled over little Alfie’s mystery condition but some experts believe he might have a mitochondrial condition – the same as Charlie.
Earlier in the show, Rebekah revealed she’s having her breast implants removed after discovering that they’re rippling.
She discussed her decision to go under the knife and discuss how women are judged on social media.
She told the panel: “I’m having my implants removed in my boobs. They’re rippling. They want to check them and take them out and change them and make sure everything’s alright.
Rex Features Rebekah blames breastfeeding for causing excess skin around the implants
Instagram Rebekah is encouraging young mothers to breastfeed in public
SWNS:South West News Service Alfie is feared to have a mitochondrial condition
“I think it’s from breastfeeding, where they grow, and then they shrink and then they grow.”
Saira Khan then quizzed if she can “feel them” at which point she joked that she could when she bent over – and would “show her later.
The star, who is married to Jamie Vardy, is the mother of four, with her youngest being son, Finley, age one.
She also shares two-year-old Sofia with Jamie, as well as having two other children Megan, 11, and six-year-old Taylor.
Rebekah shared a photograph of herself breastfeeding baby Finley on Instagram – and later said the reaction from fans was overwhelming.
Kitkat Is Under Threat As Nestle Bosses Urge Judges To Protect The Iconic British Four-fingered Chocolate Bar
NESTLE bosses have launched a desperate bid to save one of Britain’s best-loved sweet treats from an uncertain future.
Company chiefs have urged euro judges to overturn a ruling that the KitKat’s distinctive four-fingered shape cannot be protected.
PA:Press Association KitKat’s owners want the chocolate bar’s distinctive four-finger shape to be trademarked
During a hearing at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg yesterday, they argued it should be granted a trademark.
But it is being fought by Cadbury’s owner Mondelez International, which sells a similar shaped chocolate bar in Norway.
The pair have been locked in 12-year legal battle, with Nestle fearing a loss would lead to Britain being flooded with cheap, rip-off KitKats.
Their court battle unfolded on the same day euro judges dealt a hammer blow to two key British industries.
Nestle is fighting Cadbury’s owner Mondelez International, which sells a similar shaped chocolate bar in Norway
Reuters Nestle has been in a legal battle with Cadbury owners for 12 years
In one case the court’s top legal eagle ruled against the Scotch Whisky Association.
Distilleries had argued the name of a German rival, called Glen Buchenbach, could trick consumers into thinking it was from Scotland.
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