Meghan and Harry brave the cold to greet royal fans waiting in freezing temperatures in Bristol

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex braved the snowy conditions gripping the south west of England for an official visit to Bristol today, which resulted in a slight delay in their arrival.

This came after Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple’s day-long visit to the city was go ahead in spite of the weather, with waiting crowds noticeably thinner due to the icy temperatures.

There had been concern that the inclement conditions could have hampered their journey down from London and it is understood that contingency plans were being put in place, just in case. But aides said today that they were determined to be there.

The royal couple cancelled their plans to fly because of the weather and arrived by train, about half an hour later than planned.

 

Pregnant Meghan, 37, looked elegant as she joined Prince Harry, 34, for their joint engagement, greeting loyal fans and a group of excited youngsters from Abbeywood pre-school, who had spent a chilly morning waiting for the royals.

Meghan wore a dark ensemble for the visit, warding off the cold in a William Vintage woolly coat and a printed £1,400 Oscar de la Renta dress, and injecting a splash of colour in £530 Sarah Flint ‘Marina’ suede olive knee-high boots, leaving her blow-dried hair down in soft curls for the occasion.

During their visit, the royals are meeting members of the public to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history and visit organisations supporting communities most in need.

Meghan and Harry began their busy day with a visit to the Bristol Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in the English speaking world which was built in 1766.

The duchess has an affinity with theatre having spent a decade working as an actress in television, where she was best known for playing lawyer Rachel Zane in the hit legal drama series Suits.

The Duke and Duchess will tour the recently renovated facility, finding out more about the theatre’s unique history and links to the local community.

Meghan was seen braving the snow without an umbrella, showing off a glimpse of her belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de La Renta underneath her winter coat as she chatted to her fans.

Coordinating her outfit perfectly, Meghan teamed her green boots with a coordinating olive clutch, holding a pair of nude gloves as she made her way through the crowds.

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