Meghan Markle got a taste of the sometimes unreliable train service in England on Thursday as she made her way to the town of Cardiff with her fiancé, Prince Harry.
The couple boarded the train at Paddington Station on Thursday at 11:15 a.m., but they made it to their destination a little later than intended due to delays on the tracks. According to a GWR spokesperson, it was a “Network Rail infrastructure issue, namely a points failure at Didcot, which has impacted services.”
But, fans of the couple in the town didn’t seem to mind as they eagerly and affectionately greeted Harry and Meghan, who were there to make their third official royal appearance together. There, Meghan looked predictably stylish wearing an all-black outfit, including a black coat by Stella McCartney that came complete with a ribbon belt, a pair of black skinny jeans by Welsh company Hiut Denim, a sleek pair of velvet ankle boots by Tabitha Simmons (we also found a more affordable pair of lookalikes), and a dark green handbag by DeMellier London.
Meghan and Harry went to visit the community as part of her official introduction to the nation she will soon call home. In Cardiff, the couple started their day by visiting Cardiff Castle, one of the country’s most important and popular historical sites, where they were greeted by a throng of fans.
“It’s fascinating that she’s not the typical person you’d expect to become a future duchess and it’s just really interesting to see the public reaction to her,” Jenna Quilter, 18, from Cregiau, told reporters. “I’m a big fan of the royals. Mainly the Duchess of Cambridge but I adore Prince Harry. I think Harry and Meghan represent a more modern society and it keeps some of the British traditions alive. I’ve got some roses for Meghan too.”
Abbie Smith, who happened to be visiting the British town from Louisiana, additionally told reporters that their impending nuptials are “really exciting.” She added: “In America this is like a fairytale. I think it’s really cool that she’s from the States and gets to experience the royal lifestyle as well.”
Beyond greeting well-wishers, Harry and Meghan are expected to hear performances from local musicians and poets and check out local organizations that work to promote the Welsh language and cultural identity.
As Culture Minister Lord-Elis Thomas told BBC: “I hope to see this visit provide a taste of the variety and quality of what’s on offer here in Wales. Indeed, our royal Welsh welcome extends well beyond this visit and we’d be only too pleased to highlight the magnificence of other parts of Wales in future.”