'Dublin is my favourite city!' Meghan charms Ireland on walkabout with Harry during two-day tour including meeting with the president (and his First Dogs) – then it's a dash home to watch the football
- Second day of engagements in Dublin began with a visit to official residence of President Michael D Higgins
- The landmark visit marks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first overseas foreign trip as a married couple
- Pair then went to Croke Park, the site of one of the most notorious days in Anglo-Irish history - Bloody Sunday
- After visiting Trinity College they will return to Kensington Palace to watch England's World Cup semi-final
By Amie Gordon For Mailonline and Rebecca English Royal Correspondent For The Daily Mail In Dublin
Published: 04:47 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 12:16 EDT, 11 July 2018
The Duchess of Sussex has today captured hearts and won over a nation as she tickled children, joked with a president and played with dogs on her whirlwind tour of Ireland.
Meghan and Harry started a second day of engagements in Dublin with a visit to the official residence of President Michael D Higgins where they bonded over their shared love of rescue pets.
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.
Meanwhile, cheeky four-year-old Dylan Mahon decided there was only one way to welcome British royalty to Dublin - by pulling Harry's beard.
Walter Cullen was gently reprimanded by Harry who wagged his finger in comic disapproval, as the three-year-old tugged Meghan's hair while she looked the other way.
The playful exchanges at the historic Croke Park stadium came ahead of a walkabout at Trinity College, where Meghan told one fan that Dublin was her 'favourite city.'
As they prepare to watch the World Cup semi final back at Kensington Palace tonight, the Duke asked fans whether they would be cheering for England, telling them: 'It's definitely coming home'.
In the afternoon, the couple were in a sombre and reflective mood as they paid a trip to the Famine Memorial at Dublin's docklands which commemorates the Great Famine of the mid 19th century.
The Duke and Duchess will view the historic Book of Kells and visit The Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College, which contains the oldest harp in Ireland after their walkabout
Located in the former Custom House Quay, the interactive museum tells the story of the 10 million Irish people who have emigrated across the world. Outside, they were gifted with flowers
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were left ‘profoundly and powerfully moved’ after viewing the haunting memorial to the two million men, women and children affected by the Great Famine in Dublin
Meghan cheerily greeted fans all desperately trying to capture a photograph of her during the walkabout
Following their moment of reflection at the Famine Memorial, the pair walked to the nearby EPIC Irish Emigration Museum
The couple made their way to the iconic Long Room at the college which holds the collection's 200,000 oldest books
Meghan beamed as she was given the floral arrangements by fans who had waited for hours to see her
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left Croke Park in Dublin before meeting members of the public at Trinity college
Is football coming home? Most definitely, according to Harry! The royal even took time out of his day to support the Three Lions, remaining positive about their chances against Croatia
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The Duchess and her designer Dublin wardrobe! Meghan dazzles in £17,000 worth of high-end labels in the space of just three hours
Meghan's second and final day in Dublin got off to a busy start performing two engagements before lunch time - and her wardrobe was equally busy.
The Duchess of Sussex wore two outfits in the space of an hour and a half, in the form of an estimated total of £17,04 worth of designer labels.
The newly-minted royal, 36, looked typically glamorous as she kicked off the day in a dress by French designer Roland Mouret for a visit to the official residence of President Michael D Higgins.
Meghan is a known friend of Mouret's was spotted wearing a £1,350 version of her dress today on the eve of her nuptials, strikingly similar to the one worn this morning estimated to cost £1, 500.
When it came to her accessories the newly-wedded royal stuck simple black accents in the form of a suede shoe and an oversize black leather tote is by designer Fendi and costs an eye-watering £ 3,850.00.
She did showcase a flash of bling with a pair of elegant diamond earrings costing £6,886 from Birks as she took Harry's arm before meeting the president.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were left ‘profoundly and powerfully moved’ after viewing the haunting memorial to the two million men, women and children affected by the Great Famine in Dublin.
Situated on the banks of the River Liffey, the stunning composition is of a group of emaciated life-size human figures walking towards what would have been the emigration ships on Dublin’s Quayside.
The couple walked around the frighteningly realistic bronze statues with their sculptor, Rowan Gillespie, and Mike Murphy, editor of The Famine Atlas, who talked them through some of the stark realities of the tragedy for the people of his country.
Mr Murphy said afterwards that the couple clearly had some understanding of the famine and what it meant to the people of Ireland but had been genuinely shocked at what they learnt.
‘In fairness they definitely had a background understanding but were shocked to hear the nitty gritty,’ he said.
‘Harry mentioned several times at how appalling it was that we don’t seem to have learnt the lessons of the past and we are still seeing famine and food shortages around the world today. ‘
Sculptor Mr Gillespie added: ‘This is a living monument and they were genuinely and powerfully moved by what they saw. They were very conscious that this isn’t just about history, that this thing is still going on around us today and it’s relevant to what we do today.
‘Every individual is moved by what they see, which is incredibly rewarding. It is an incredibly important story between Britain and Ireland.
‘They were profoundly moved to see the memorial and hear the story behind it. It is part of our joint histories.
‘Meghan was very strong on the link with the city of Toronto where she lived and Harry spent a lot of time. The city only had 18,000 inhabitants but as those ships came across in their droves, Toronto took in 38,000 disease-ridden, starving famine victims.
'Meghan was very well informed about this link and Harry knew a great deal too. They were very conscious of this.'
While the couple were viewing the memorial there a handful of cat calls from across the river.
One man and a woman could be heard shouting Sinn Fein slogans and another lone man shouted a crude remark at the duchess. Neither appear to have heard it, however, said Mr Gillespie.
Harry and Meghan walked hand in hand around Dublin's Trinity College, watched by thousands of adoring fans
The couple later stopped for a private lunch before continuing on the packed final day of their pre-Brexit charm offensive in Ireland, before going to the EPIC museum
The pair appeared delighted as they were gifted bouquets of sunflowers by fans outside the college
The couple spent some 15 minutes walking around the Famine memorial statues in Dublin this afternoon
The creator behind the statues, Rowan Gillespie, explained the history of the Famine and the memorial which was presented to the city in 1997
The couple were sombre and reflective as they paid a visit to the Famine Memorial at Dublin's docklands
One exciteable woman in the crowd outside Trinity College told Meghan she had 'made her life' with the visit
DUBLIN'S FAMINE MEMORIAL
The Famine Statues at Custom House Quay in the Dublin Docklands were presented to the city in 1997.
They commemorate the Great Famine of the mid 19th Century during which approximately one million people died.
A million and a half more emigrated from Ireland between 1845 and 1839 causing the island’s population to fall up to 25 per cent.
The cause of the Famine has been blamed on potato blight but also on the inaction of the British.
Although countries across Europe were affected, the human cost in Ireland, where one third of the population was entirely dependent on the crop for food was exacerbated by a host of political, social and economic factors.
The pair also met excitable fans - one of whom said Meghan had 'made her life'.
Dylan Mahon, who is from Grange Rath, Co Meath, is a member of St Colmcille's GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) club who met Harry at Croke Park.
Afterwards Harry told him: 'You might have a beard soon - you never know!'
The visit to Croke Park was a chance for the couple to see children being coached in traditional Irish games.
But it was also an opportunity for the duke and duchess, who are on the second day of their tour of Ireland, to see mementos of one of the most notorious days in Anglo-Irish history.
On November 21, 1920, British forces opened fire at a Gaelic football match between Tipperary and Dublin, killing 14 spectators and players including the Tipperary captain Michael Hogan.
The day, which became known as the original Bloody Sunday, has become enshrined in Irish folklore. But while the atrocity has lost none of its capacity to appal, a historic gesture of peace and forgiveness was made in 2011 when the Queen became the first monarch to be welcomed at Croke Park since the shooting.
Now it is firmly on the itinerary for visiting members of the royal family.
In the stadium museum the couple saw replica jerseys used in the film Michael Collins, which depicted the shooting, as well as the whistle used by the referee that day and a match ticket.
They also saw club records featuring Collins, a key figure in the Irish independence movement, from when he was secretary of the Geraldines GAA club in London between 1909 and 1915.
It was the IRA operation led by Collins to kill 14 undercover British intelligence agents operating in Dublin - known as the Cairo Gang - that led to the security forces opening fire on the crowd at Croke Park.
Out on the pitch they watched as groups of boys and girls played hurling, camogie - the women's equivalent - Gaelic football and 'fun and run', a rounders-like game designed to be inclusive for people with disabilities.
One youngster gifted this sketch to Meghan and Harry - a replica of the pictures from their engagement shoot
The Duchess of Sussex giggled as her husband had his beard stroked by a youngster in Croke Park stadium
Meghan met three-year-old Walter Cullen, who playfully tugged at her hair while she was turned the other way
Nonplussed by her status, three-year-old Walter giggled after he pulled at the Duchess of Sussex's hair
Little Walter Cullen tried to hide behind his hands as he was gently told not to pull Meghan's hair
Harry happily let a cheeky youngster play with his beard during his walkabout of the Croke Park stadium
Prince Harry was gifted a Hurley and Sliotar by one adorable youngster at Croke Park stadium
The Duke and Duchess headed onto the pitch where they watched traditional Gaelic sports being played
Harry opted for a slightly more dressed-down look at the stadium, wearing a light grey blazer, simple white shirt and blue desert boots
Prince Harry was animated as he chatted with two young players at the stadium, who giggled away at his antics
Harry and Meghan were relaxed as they chatted with players taking part in a Gaelic games demonstration
The couple had the opportunity to talk to players, many of whom are involved with community outreach projects that encourage the use of sports for social good
The couple both managed to make a speedy change of clothes before arriving at Croke Park museum
As the couple met Joe Canning, the Galway player who is regarded as one of the modern greats of hurling and is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Ireland, Harry told him: 'Apparently you're like a god.'
Harry also met a red-headed boy in wheelchair, Nathan Kiely, seven, and told him how impressed he was with his freckles. Jennifer Lawless, 22, an intern from North Carolina, said: 'He said, 'You have more freckles than I have. Lovely freckles!'
Although the couple were both given hurleys - the curved stick used to hit the ball, or sliotar, in hurling - the duke passed up on the opportunity of having a go himself.
It is, however, very difficult: even Joe Canning missed his first shot at goal when he was showing the couple how it was done by the experts. 'The first one was a disaster,' he said. 'I had to redeem myself with the second one.'
He added about the duke not having a go: 'He didn't want to do it. I was thinking he might, but he will stick to the soccer later on, I think.'
As the couple walked round the hallowed turf, Meghan in her high heels, one onlooker said: 'I would guess that that is the first time a pair of stilettos has been seen on the pitch.'
Chatting to youngsters from the hurling pitch, Harry picked up the hurley and said: 'That's really light, isn't it?'
Picking up a goalie's helmet, Harry asked Tom Whooley, nine, if he had ever been hit in the face by a ball. When he answered no, the duke asked him: 'Have you hit a ball into someone else's face? Not yet? Working on it!'
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met a youngster taking part in a Gaelic games demonstration
Undeterred by the drizzle, the Duchess of Sussex even braved the grassy pitch in her stiletto heels
In 2011, Harry's grandparents The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the arena, as part of their historic state visit to Ireland
Harry follows in the footsteps of the Queen the Duke of Edinburgh who visited Ireland's largest and most iconic sporting arena, as part of their historic state visit to Ireland in 2011
The stadium is the venue for the highest profile events on the Irish sporting calendar
At one point, Meghan urged Harry to have a go at hurling, but he politely declined to get involved
The couple chatted with the players who are involved with community outreach projects
Harry gave his wife a stern look as they held hands during their tour around the historic grounds
Croke Park is the headquarters of, the GAA. Prior to the Association buying the stadium in 1913, the grounds were privately owned
The couple were taken on a tour of the stadium's museum before going on to the pitch for a sports demonstration
The pair were pictured chatting and joking with young gaelic footballers at Croke Park
The Duke and Duchess heard about the important role that GAA plays in Irish life during their trip
The pair, accompanied by a security detail, strolled around the grounds of Croke Park
Meghan and Harry have another busy day ahead with visits to Croke Park, Trinity College and the Famine Memorial
MEGHAN'S £17,000 OUTFIT
Rouland Mouret dress - £1, 500 (est)
Fendi bag - £3,850
Birks earrings - £6,886
Givenchy suit - £2,500 (est)
Givenchy belt - £310
Sarah Flint heels - £268
Givenchy clutch - £1,690
The couple also spoke to Ciarán Harkin, 16, from Galway, and Cera Kenny, 17, from Kildare, both youth leaders.
Cera said: 'She was saying how important it was to stay in your community and bring on younger children.'
However they were both most impressed at the way Harry refused to move when an official tried moving the duke on to the next group waiting to meet him. Cera said: 'When he was being rushed, he said no, two more minutes.'
Ciaran said: 'He was very genuine and real.'
The informality of the event was emphasised when the Tanaiste, or deputy prime minister, Simon Coveney stepped in to take a picture on a parent's phone of Harry and Meghan posing with a young man in a wheelchair.
Colin Regan, the GAA's community and health manager, said: 'Meghan was particularly interested in the fact that there were boys and girls playing sports together. She said she had not seen that before, really.'
She was also struck by Sarah Cregg, who plays wheelchair hurling with the Connacht provincial team. Mr Regan said: 'She said, 'Good on you, Sarah,' She asked if it was a physical game. She said it was. She liked that Sarah was mixing it with the lads. She thought that was very empowering.'
Meghan's second and final day in Dublin got off to a busy start performing two engagements before lunch time - and her wardrobe was equally busy
The Duchess of Sussex wore two outfits in the space of an hour and a half, in the form of an estimated total of £17,04 worth of designer labels
Meghan, 36, was pictured in a trouser suit for the first time since her wedding having last worn one to an awards event back in February
The couple looked delighted as they made their way out onto the pitch, despite the dismal weather
The pair were also shown exhibits from Croke Park's museum, including artefacts from the Bloody Sunday massacre
Meghan, 36, who brought one of her dogs to London when she relocated, looked delighted to meet the president's pets
As ever, Meghan looked divine in black velvet court shoes and a taupe green dress by designer Roland Mouret
The Duke and Duchess met with the President Michael Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain this morning
The Duchess of Sussex was snapped gazing adoringly at her husband Prince Harry as they attended a formal reception
The pair then made their way to Croke Park museum, home of Ireland's largest sporting organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association
Meghan is a known friend of Mouret's with French designer Roland Mouret 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
The Duchess of Sussex looked ready for business in the taupe dress and Fendi handbag - one of her most professional looks
The Duchess giggled as she stroked the large dog - and the pampered pooch looked just as pleased to meet the royal visitor
The Duchess, wearing a figure-hugging dress, greeted the president and his wife - who appeared to chuckle at a joke
CROKE PARK STADIUM
Croke Park is one of Europe's largest stadiums, with a capacity of 82,300.
1864-1913: The history of the stadium dates back to 1864 when the grounds were owned privately before being bought by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in 1913
1918: The GAA was declared a dangerous organisation by the British Government and gaelic games were banned before 54,000 members defied the ban, playing games at 3pm across Ireland. This day became known as 'Gaelic Sunday'
1920: On November 21, 13 spectators and Tipperary footballer Michael Hogan, died in Croke Park when British Troops entered and opened fire during a challenge match between Tipperary and Dublin. Over 10,000 people attended the match which become known as 'Bloody Sunday'
1963: Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco attended the All-Ireland Hurling Final
1972: Muhammad Ali fought Al 'Blue' Lewis in Croke Park
1985: U2 play their first concert in Croke Park
2003: Nelson Mandela, U2, The Corrs and Muhammed Ali attend the opening ceremony of the Special Olympic Games in Croke Park
2011: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the arena, as part of their historic state visit to Ireland
2012: Xi Jingping, the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China, paid a visit to Croke Park on the second day of his official visit to Ireland
In the morning the duke and duchess met the president and his wife at the statesman's official residence Aras an Uachtarain, the former British Viceregal lodge in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
They rang a Peace Bell erected in the garden of the grand 18th century house in 2008 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement and toured the grounds with the presidential couple and their two Bernese mountain dogs, Brod and Sioda.
It was their first engagement on the second and final day of their pre-Brexit charm offensive in Ireland, which comes less than a month after Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Emerald Isle.
Harry and Meghan were greeted on the portico of the north entrance to Aras an Uachtarain by Art O'Leary, secretary general of the Office of the President.
Mr O'Leary escorted the visitors to the State Reception Room, via the Francini Corridor, which cont