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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in Ireland

Updated 20.05 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in Ireland for a two-day visi...
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Updated 20.05

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in Ireland for a two-day visit.

The royal couple arrived at Dublin Airport shortly after 5pm.

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Harry and Meghan were greeted by a number of dignitaries - including Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee and the Mayor of Fingal.

It's their first overseas official engagement since their wedding in May.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have met with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings this evening.

Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

This evening, they are attending a garden party hosted by the British Ambassador.

300 people - including Brian O’Driscoll, Niall Breslin and Lucy Kennedy - are among the guests.

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan is among those also attending, and says she was delighted to be invited.

She said: "I thought I was dreaming, to be honest - surely they got that wrong.

"But I met the deputy ambassador, and she said 'we we really wanted to have you here'. And I said 'wow'. It's great, absolutely fantastic."

Tomorrow, Harry and Meghan have what's being described as a 'full itinerary' of events.

The British royals will visit Croke Park, Trinity College and the Book of Kells as well as the Irish Famine Memorial at Dublin's Docklands and EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum. 

They will also meet with President Michael D Higgins.

The Taoiseach says he will be rolling out the red carpet for the royals.

Leo Varadkar told Cork's 96FM: "I think they're going to be extremely welcome, and I look forward to welcoming them.

"With the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, we're really going to focus a lot more on bilateral relationships - visits of the Presidents to the UK, or members of the Royal Family to Ireland help to cement that very close relationship between Britain and Ireland."


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