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 ‘Hugely important’ to have Harry, Meghan support – charities

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Updated: 16:32 GMT, Dec 2, 2017 | Published: 11:42 GMT, Dec 2, 2017 |
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Britan’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visited a charity aids fair to mark World AIDS Day on Friday (December 1) in their first official engagement together.

The event in the central English city of Nottingham, held by the Terrence Higgins Trust, remembers lives lost to HIV and marks the progress made in fighting it.

There, the couple spoke to HIV campaigner and personal trainer Chris O’Hanlon, who was diagnosed with HIV two years ago.

Speaking to Reuters after meeting the couple, O’Hanlon said that having Harry and Meghan in Nottingham was a “wonderful experience”.

“They are so wonderful together, and you can clearly see that there is an immense amount of love and adortation for each other from the personal point of view of course but also for the work that each other are involved in so it’s quite clearly it’s very easy to see how in love they are and for something that happened over roast chicken, that’s quite something,” he said.

Ian Green, Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said that the visit went “extraordinarily well” and that the pair appeared “very relaxed”.

“It’s hugely important. We feel extraordinarily grateful for have that opportunity,” he said.

Harry’s late mother Princess Diana is credited with playing a leading role in breaking down the stigma that was attached to the disease. She opened Britain’s first HIV/AIDS unit in London in 1987 and famously shook hands with and kissed an AIDS patient during a hospital visit.

Harry has followed in the footsteps of his mother, becoming a prominent campaigner on the issue. In 2016 he and pop star Rihanna underwent an HIV test in Barbados to mark World Aids Day.

The couple, who got engaged earlier this month at the cottage they share in the grounds of Kensington Palace in central London, are to be married next May in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.

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