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Prince Harry and Meghan meet the First Dogs of Ireland

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have started a second day of engagements in Dublin with a visit to the official residence of President Michael D Higgins.

Looking typically elegant in black velvet court shoes, a £3,850 Fendi handbag and a taupe green dress by designer Roland Mouret, Meghan beamed as she met the President, his wife and their Bernese Mountain Dogs.

As the royals posed for photos with Mr and Mrs Higgins inside the Aras, Harry also joked that football would ‘most definitely be coming home’ when England take on Croatia this evening.

He got behind the Three Lions team when asked about their chances in tonight’s World Cup semi-final on the second day of his whirlwind tour of the capital.

The President has had Bernese mountain dogs for over 19 years and took in Shadow, a Bernese Mountain dog, who was left homeless when his previous owners emigrated in search of work.

Shadow arrived at the President’s house in March 2012. Since then the President has taken another Bernese Mountain dog named Bród.

Every morning Shadow and Bród accompany Michael D on his walks around the grounds of Áras an Uachtaráin keeping a watchful eye over the president.

Harry and Meghan arrived at Aras an Uachtarain in the city’s Phoenix Park at 9.30am and the Duchess of Sussex, 36, looked typically glamorous in a Roland Mouret design.

Meghan is a known friend of Mouret’s with the French designer making appearances on her now deleted Instagram account so it came as no surprise to see her her opt for one of his pieces today.

He was among the designers tipped to make the royal wedding dress, although Givenchy was its eventual creator, though Meghan was spotted wearing a £1, 350 Mouret on the eve of her nuptials, strikingly similar to the one worn today.

The meeting with Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina was the first stop in a packed itinerary for the royal couple on Wednesday.

Mr Higgins, who was inaugurated President on the 11th November 2011 for a seven year term. With over a million votes he had the highest ever number of votes of any politician in the history of Irish election.

He met his wife, a former actress, at a party in Dublin and in 1974 they were married in Dublin’s Haddington Road Church.

Mrs Higgins has worked as a partner with her husband in every campaign and in public life for over thirty years, while maintaining her involvement with Theatre and community arts, working with the world renowned Druid Theatre, An Taibhearc and other groups.

During the final day of their visit, Harry and Meghan will meet the people of Dublin and visit organisations which are central to Irish life.

They will attend a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association but also the site of the 1920 Bloody Sunday massacre that was visited by the Queen during her historic state visit to Ireland in 2011.

Source / Credit – Daily Mail

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