It was cold. The wind had howled all night. The rain periodically lashed down, with occasional forays into sleet and hail. But since when did a little water worry the Welsh? They ought to be used to it be now!
People were queuing up from 6.30 a.m. in Cardiff to get the best spots for Meghan Markle’s introduction to the people of Wales with Prince Harry at Cardiff Castle on Thursday, although they weren’t due until 1.30. Actually, they were delayed and didn’t arrive until 2.30, but that didn’t spoil the atmosphere. Prince Harry even remarked how cold everybody’s hands were as he shook them.
On arrival, they were presented with a love spoon by Harry and Meghan — Harry Smith, aged six, and Megan Taylor, aged nine, both of Marlborough. Inside the castle, they were given a recital of Welsh poetry and songs. Prince Harry said to his fiancee, “You are only going to hear the best singing in Wales. At the Principality Stadium we have the best singing. People are in tune, which you can’t say for most football stadiums.”
They then moved on to a community centre to observe how the charity Street Games encourages disadvantaged children access the benefits of sport. Instructor Kayleigh Forster said: “It was absolutely incredible. This group always give 110% but they notched it up. There’s been an amazing atmosphere … over the last two weeks.”