Inside loved-up Meghan and Harry's first public engagement

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It's been less than a week since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, and the 36-year-old Suits actress has already started work as a future duchess.

The lovebirds were out and about in Nottingham on Friday on their first public engagement as a soon-to-be wed couple.

Introducing his bride to well-wishers at the city's Contemporary Arts Centre, Harry was seen looking loved up and clutching Meghan's hand.

Harry and Meghan looked so loved up. Photo: Getty

The pair - who were in Nottingham for a World Aids Day fair and to visit a youth project - walked hand in hand as they made their way to meet local dignitaries. They then went to separate sides of the crowds and chatted with those who had secured a place at the front of the five row deep throng.

Looking like an experienced royal, Meghan accepted gifts galore as she and Harry were handed presents including chocolate, flowers and cards. One person even handed Meghan some Haribo, Harry's favourite sweets, to give to the prince.

Meghan was dressed in a black turtleneck top and midi-length skirt, was described as a 'natural' fit for royal duties by local Ann McGuire, who brought her two-year-old son to see the couple.

They were seen holding on to one another and walking hand-in-hand. Photo: Getty
The pair greeted people on the street. Photo: Getty

"She grabbed my hand and said I'm so glad you braved it to stand in the cold," she said, "Meghan's such a natural."

Whilst 22-year-old Katie Shaw added: "They were very down to earth even though they're royal."

"It's all about Suits. We really like Suits and she told us there are going to be two more series."

And Harry even joked with one member of the crowd when they asked what it was like to be ginger and engaged to a famous actress. Harry joked back that it was "unbelievable [and] great, isn't it".

Meghan looked elegant in a black turtleneck and nude skirt. Photo: Getty
There was no holding back on the PDAs. Photo: Getty

Meghan - a professional at red carpets - was 'so happy' to be with her husband-to-be.

She told one member of the crowd: "I'm so happy. It's just such a thrill to be here."

The pair were constantly asked for selfies - something which Meghan had to politely decline, insisting they 'weren't allowed' to get pictures.

Getting out of the cold, the pair then headed to the Terrence Higgins Trust World Aids Day charity fair and also visited Nottingham Academy, where they met with headteachers taking part in the Full Effect programme, which aims to stop young people getting involved in violence and crime.

  • With reporting by Bang Showbiz

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