Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle to visit Ireland in July

Kensington Palace have confirmed the visit to Dublin

Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle to visit Ireland in July

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a Trooping the Colour ceremony in London | Image: Utrecht Robin/ABACAPRESS.COM/ABACA/PA Images

Updated: 12.30

Kensington Palace has confirmed Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will visit Dublin next month.

The couple will spend two days in Dublin, on July 10th and 11th.

The palace says the visit is at the request of the British government.

It says the couple are "looking forward to learning more about Ireland's history and experiencing its rich culture, as well as meeting the people who are shaping the country's future."

There had been speculation Ireland would be the location for a mini-honeymoon by the couple.

It will be Harry's first visit to Ireland while his wife has been here before in 2014.

She attend a panel for the One Young World charity that year.

Sources say the couple are likely to pay a visit to Trinity College Dublin and may meet President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.

A visit to the Guinness Storehouse is also being considered.

Commenting on the visit, the CEO of Tourism Ireland Niall Gibbons says: "The visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Dublin and Ireland to a huge audience of prospective holidaymakers across Britain and has the potential to deliver a major boost to Irish tourism.

"We expect a large media contingent will travel to Ireland to cover the visit, bringing the story to millions of people in Britain, and elsewhere around the world, and providing a truly unique opportunity to highlight Ireland as a wonderful holiday destination.

The couple after they announced their engagement in 2017 | File photo

"Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to exploit the tourism potential from the extensive publicity around the visit.

He added: "Great Britain is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland.

"It delivers 47% of all overseas visitors and around 28% of all overseas tourism revenue.

"Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions throughout 2018, to highlight Ireland to British travellers."

It will be the second British royal visit to Ireland this summer, after Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited Cork and Kerry last week.

However the younger couple will stay in Dublin before heading elsewhere for a longer honeymoon trip.

Additional reporting: Jack Quann