Prince Harry, Meghan Markle make first public appearance for 2018

By AFP
Published: January 10, 2018
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle were greeted with shouts of “we love you!” as they visited a youth radio station Tuesday in London’s ethnically diverse district of Brixton.

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple as they visited Reprezent radio station, which is staffed entirely by young people and based in a community-led complex built out of old shipping containers.

Britain's Prince Harry (L) and US actress Meghan Markle meet well-wishers after visiting a youth radio station in London's ethnically diverse Brixton district PHOTO: AFP

Britain’s Prince Harry (L) and US actor Meghan Markle meet well-wishers after visiting a youth radio station in London’s ethnically diverse Brixton district
PHOTO: AFP

They met the youngest presenter, 17-year-old DJ Gloria Beyi, chatting to her while she played a track live on air.

Reprezent mainly plays hip-hop, grime and house music and is a hotbed of new talent, having broadcast the first ever radio interview with grime star Stormzy.

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“I must tune in,” said Markle, who was wearing a coat by Smythe, Burberry trousers and a sweater by high street store Marks & Spencer.

Outside, Bob Marley songs played out from a nearby market stall as royal fans and curious locals strained for a view of the couple, who became engaged in November and will marry in May.

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“Harry! Meghan! Over here! We’ve been waiting ages!” shouted one woman.

A mixed-race American actor with a history of activism, Markle is a different mould of royal princess – and the symbolism was not lost on the largely black crowd.

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“She’s of mixed race, I’m of mixed race, and it means a lot to see that,” said Sandra Wiltshire, a 39-year-old care assistant who spoke to the couple as they briefly met members of the crowd.

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PHOTO: DAILY MAIL

“This is the forgotten borough of London. People don’t really come here so the fact that the royals are here is nice,” added 23-year-old local Adedotun Spruger.

Brixton, known for its large West Indian community, was once one of London’s most deprived areas, although it has seen a wave of gentrification in recent years.

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“When they come here it’s good – they are not too proud,” said Adedayo Olanrewaju, a 45-year-old student, adding of Markle: “She looks so young!”

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