Meghan Markle and Prince Harry get in some parenting practice in snowy Bristol

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Duke and Duchess speak to nursery school pupils in Bristol [Photo: Getty]

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex braved the cold to greet well-wishers in Bristol on Friday morning.

Harry and Meghan arrived to tour Bristol Old Vic a little later than scheduled, due to their train being delayed, but took time to chat to locals during a walkabout.

The couple got in some parenting practice as they met children from Abbeywood pre-school.

“They are very good at waving flags,” Meghan said of the three and four-year-olds.

Father-to-be Harry joked to the nursery staff: “How do you keep them all under control?” before adding to the youngsters: “You know you guys can run anywhere you like?”

He then asked: “Are you nice and warm in that?” as he admired one of the children’s snowsuits and seemed amused that some of them seemed more excited by their snack of digestive biscuits than meeting royalty. 

The Duchess revealed during a trip to Birkenhead last month that their first child is due at the end of April or beginning of May. She and Harry are set to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, before their baby arrives.

Meghan and Harry thanked well-wishers for waiting out in the snow for them before heading inside the recently renovated Old Vic. They seemed quite taken with three-year-old Ocean, who likes to be known by the name of Ballerina.

Meghan and Harry spoke to three-year-old Ocean at Bristol Old Vic [Photo: PA]

The Duke and Duchess dropped in on Future Quest workshop attended by schoolchildren, which uses theatre as a tool to develop speaking and listening skills, to increase self-confidence, collaboration and creativity. They also watched a performance by Young Company from their production Hercules. 

Their next stop was Empire Fighting Chance, a charity which aims to fight the impact of deprivation on young people’s lives through boxing. The couple spoke to young people and children about the positive impact its having on young people in Bristol.

In 2017, Prince Harry revealed that he likes to box to alleviate stress and that it had helped him deal with his frustration and anger following the death of his mother Princess Diana.

Harry and Meghan, pictured in Bristol, are expecting their first child this spring [Photo: PA]

Pregnant Meghan wrapped up for today’s engagements in a black William Vintage coat and a £1,401 belted printed silk-chiffon midi dress by Oscar de la Renta and £530 olive green Sarah Flint ‘Marina’ boots. She also carried her matching Ralph Lauren clutch bag, first spotted at Prince Louis’ christening last year.

It’s been a busy week for the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Dundee on Tuesday to open their new V&A museum, while Harry attended a Commonwealth Youth Round Table on Wednesday. 

Meghan visited two of her patronages passed to her by the Queen this week – the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which took place at City, University of London.

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