Meghan and Harry Make A Surprise Visit to Northern Ireland UPDATED
NOTE: As of March 26 Meghan’s shoes and sweater have been IDed. The new info is down the page.
Meghan and Harry made an unannounced trip to Northern Ireland today. Below, the couple is welcomed by MP Karen Bradley.
Details of the trip were not revealed for security purposes.
This was their first joint visit to Northern Ireland.
As many readers will remember, they have also visited Cardiff, Wales and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Their first stop was the Eikon Centre in Lisburn for an Amazing the Space event.
Amazing the Space is a peace-building initiative that encourages young people to be ambassadors for peace in their communities. The endeavor was launched by Prince Harry last September.
From a BBC story:
The couple surprised a huge crowd of unsuspecting children when they arrived to take their seats in the front row for the event.
They received a rapturous reception as they entered the performance arena to watch a fusion of song, dance and uplifting messages from young people as they delivered their “peace pledges”.
Back to the BBC story:
They briefly joined some of the performers on stage at the end of the event when they were presented with a picture of a “peace tree”.
There were about 2500 students at today’s event.
After watching the performances, Meghan and Harry met students who have participated in Amazing the Space activities.
More from Us Weekly:
Meghan viewing some of the peace pledges.
Ryan McCallion, a 17-year-old who welcomed the couple to the exhibition center, said he was impressed by them. “They were so humble and down to earth,” he said. “I felt they’d be up on this pedestal but they brought us together and made us feel almost equal. They were really interested in what we were doing.”
The couple also met organizers and volunteers.
The next stop: Belfast’s iconic Crown Liquor Saloon, more commonly known as the Crown Bar.
The saloon dates back to the 1880s. More from the Belfast Telegraph:
Harry joked with Heather McLachlan, the National Trust’s director for Northern Ireland, asking “Are you open?”, before declaring “We want food”.
His fiancee added: “We saw the menu last week, and said ‘We’ll have this’.”
Ms Markle revealed that they had been anticipating their trip to the well-known pub, which is owned by the National Trust (NT) and famed for its ornate decorations.
Omid Scobie posted a quick video of the couple leaving the restaurant.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 23, 2018
Meghan and Harry did a walkabout after lunch.
You can see there were sizable crowds on Great Victoria Street eager to meet them.
In this video from ITV’s Chris Ship Harry and Meghan are chatting with 5-year-old Jude Campbell, who had a Cadbury egg for the couple. That was until he decided that maybe it would be better if he held on to it for himself.
Jude Campbell is 5 years old. He had a @CadburyUK Easter Egg for Prince Harry.
Watch how Jude quickly convinced Harry and Meghan that he’d rather keep the egg for himself.
Harry did order him to share it with his sister though … 🥚 🍫 🐣 pic.twitter.com/tdwkVZNSC2
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 23, 2018
Harry and Meghan then visited the Belfast campus of a science park where entrepreneurs work. In this video you see the couple being welcomed; you can hear him say ‘It’s very cold’ in this video from Radio News.
— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) March 23, 2018
Catalyst is a non-profit created to support the knowledge economy. Meghan and Harry met some of the innovators working in the facility.
They heard about some of the projects and products being created at the science center.
More from The Daily Mail:
During a visit to the Catalyst Inc science park, Meghan, 33, made it quite clear she and Harry, 36, are already planning their first child.
Gesturing towards an innovative baby bath made by a Northern Irish firm she quipped : ‘I am sure at one point we will need the whole thing.’
(Bonnie and Imke point out in their comments the ages are mixed up in the Daily Mail piece.)
The Belfast City Council shared a video from the Catalyst engagement.
VIDEO: Great buzz in Belfast today for the #royalvisit when Lord Mayor @NualaMcAllister met Prince Harry & Meghan Markle during their stop off @CatalystIncHQ #HarryandMeghan pic.twitter.com/nDRiUkkphX
— Belfast City Council (@belfastcc) March 23, 2018
Meghan and Harry’s final stop was Titanic Belfast,
The duo was welcomed by six-year-old Jackson and younger sister, Rosie Jackson, who is four.
Titanic Belfast is located on the site of the Harland & Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built. A quick video from Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle walked through @TitanicBelfast’s interactive galleries which tell Titanic’s story – from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch to her maiden voyage. pic.twitter.com/RJ0FZEG5GR
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 23, 2018
The multimedia exhibits and interactive galleries showcase the story of the Titanic from her conception in the early 1900s all the way through the construction and launch stages.
Signing the guestbook.
Richard Palmer of The Express tweeted a photo of Harry and Meghan’s signatures.
Back to The Daily Mail article:
The bride-to-be praised the warmth of the Northern Irish people, commenting: ‘It’s been lovely. Everyone has been so warm and friendly.’
Now to what Meghan wore for today’s whirlwind visit to the Belfast area.
She was in a mix of British and Canadian brands.
Meghan wore the Mackage Mai belted wool coat in Sand ($750).
On the Mackage site the coat is described as a maxi-length, wool and cashmere blend with leather trim welt pockets at the front, waterfall asymmetrical wrap closure with a tie belt at the waist. The coat is also available in black, light grey, rose and a gold color.
Meghan also wore the Victoria Beckham sweater initially seen in one of her engagement photos.
More from The Daily Telegraph:
Beckham is thought to now be a personal friend of Ms Markle’s and is a name in the running (albeit at the back of the pack of pacemakers) to perhaps design the dress.
UPDATE MAR 26: It looks like Meghan is wearing the Victoria Beckham Cashmere Sweater in ivory.
The piece is 97% cashmere and 3% Elastane (for stretch and ease of movement). The jumper is a pullover style with a classic crew neck and ribbing at the cuffs and neck. It is available at Harrods in all sizes ($1029) and in very limited sizes at StyleBop ($945).
Meghan’s skirt is by Greta Constantine, also a Canadian brand. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong are known for their styles crafted in a distinctive jersey knit fabric.
The company says Meghan is wearing their ‘Kace’ skirt in teal. The pencil skirt with its flared hem is done in the label’s signature fabric, a poly/elastane blend.
The brand doesn’t offer ecommerce; on its Instagram it links to retailer Farfetch. UPDATE MAR 28: The skirt is available for pre-ordering at Tres Chic in Montreal ($409 CAD / $317 USD / £224); at Miami’s En Avance ($445 USD); at Andrews in Toronto ($445).
The brand has a fascinating background story. It is funded in part by The Princes Trust. More about the entrepreneur from a Daily Telegraph article:
In 2014, when she was 19, Charlotte had attended a four-day course in entrepreneurship run by the organisation (which is headed up by Markle’s father-in-law to-be, Prince Charles) and had learned how to set up a fashion business.
She had left school at the age of 16 due to heart complications, and this course gave her the valuable skills she needed to set up shop, however two weeks after the training, she suddenly became paralysed.
More from Caroline Leaper’s Telegraph story.
“I had a heart operation in 2012 and I had to leave school at 16 because of it,” Jones previously told The Telegraph. “I couldn’t get A Levels or go to uni, and it was hard to find employment because of my physical health conditions.”
Jones has done a phenomenal job of starting her label – something that many recovering from such difficulties with their health might not have attempted – and with support from The Prince’s Trust, she has developed her product line, made with leathers sourced at a British tannery, and stitched in Buckinghamshire.
In a March 11 post on her Facebook page Charlotte Elizabeth Jones wrote about the two year anniversary of her brand.
A heartfelt thank you to anyone who takes time to message, like my posts, send letters, share my story and purchase my products. Your support means more than you could ever know. Thank you for enabling me to live out my dream
This is sure to be another case of the Meghan Effect. It is terrific to see a young brand receiving exposure like this. Our guess is the Prince’s Trust or people associated with it will be able to assist with the massive influx of interest and orders.
Meghan’s shoes are by Jimmy Choo, the Romy style. We haven’t determined precisely what color Meghan is wearing.
The Romy is a style basic for the brand, available in a broad mix of colors and materials. UPDATED MAR 26: Jimmy Choo corporate has confirmed for us the color is ‘Oxid’ and the shoe is from the brand’s Cruise ’18 collection. Here you see the shoe in Oxid in the ‘Marti’ style.
Meghan did not wear earrings today, but she did have on a ring we did not recognize. You can see it on her thumb.
We will update as soon as we learn anything more about the ring.
We’ll leave you with this photo of Meghan and Harry.
What did you think of Meghan’s look today?
- Amazing the Space’s website is here; Cooperation Ireland’s website is here; the organization’s Facebook page is here; its Twitter feed is here
- The Catalyst website is here; the organization’s Twitter feed is here
- The Northern Ireland government pages are here; the Twitter feed is here
- The Belfast Telegraph’s coverage is here; The Daily Mail’s coverage is here; The Daily Telegraph’s extensive coverage is here; The Sun’s story is here
- PopSugar’s piece on the handbag is here; PopSugar’s primary piece on the visit is here; the Us Weekly gallery is here; the Hello! gallery is here; People’s gallery with ‘every single photo’ is here; Go Fug Yourself’s slideshow is here