Meghan Markle's the star on royal debut

Meghan Markle's the star on royal debut

Crowds of curious and excited onlookers packed the streets of Nottingham on Friday, including avid fan Irene Hardman.

The little-known Italian brand Parosh experienced the greatest PR boost in its 25 year history on Monday, when American actress Meghan Markle chose to wear one of its green fitted dresses to announce her engagement to Prince Harry.

For their first joint royal engagement, the couple, who will Wednesday next May, visited the National Justice Museum before heading off to the Nottingham Contemporary to attend the Terrence Higgins Trust charity fair, in honour of World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1.

Just four days ago they announced they're engaged to be married and already Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are at work.

The couple will begin their city tour with a civic welcome at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham's historic Lace Market district.

Markle said she can't wait to meet the young people Prince Harry has spoken about. "The visit today focuses on causes that [Harry] is particularly passionate about ― raising the awareness of HIV/AIDS and preventing youth crime".

The couple, who got engaged earlier this month at the cottage they share in the grounds of Kensington Palace in central London, are to be married next May in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the family home of British kings and queens for nearly 1,000 years.

Alison shouted "congratulations" as Prince Harry walked past, as host Ruth Langsford encouraged her to get his attention.

Nikita Sahni, 17, who turned up with friends from Nottingham Girls' High School, said of the engagement: "She'll be good for the royal family, modernising it and making it more accessible".

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