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A Mischievous Pony Tried to Bite Prince Harry in Scotland

This wasn’t quite the warm welcome Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were expecting.

The soon-to-be-wed royal couple arrived at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday, surrounded by huge, cheering crowds. The couple shook hands, said hello, and greeted the the Royal Regiment of Scotland and their little mascot, a Shetland pony named Cruachan IV.

It seemed Cruachan IV was not as pleased to see Prince Harry.

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As the couple were greeted by Frank Ross, Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost, who represented the city, Prince Harry took a moment to give Cruachan IV a pat on the nose. A moment later, the pony, clearly unsatisfied, went for a nip at Prince Harry’s hand.

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Luckily, the pony missed Harry’s fingers.

From the video tweeted by Kensington Palace, it looks like Cruachan IV means no harm. Perhaps he was hoping Prince Harry had a snack hidden up his sleeve.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are greeted on arrival at Edinburgh Castle by the Band of the Royal Marines and the mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Shetland pony Cruachan🐴 pic.twitter.com/3nzR9W6ZP5

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 13, 2018

According to the Telegraph, the mischievous, nine-year-old pony also tried to eat the Queen’s posy bouquet during her visit to Stirling castle. Just like Prince Harry, the Queen was too fast for him.

Pony Major Mark Wilkinson, who handles the mascot, said “[Prince Harry and Markle] said it was lovely to meet him.”

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