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A demure shift dress and a pair of court shoes is the standard uniform for a working royal, but it seems Meghan Markle is determined not to get sucked into having a regal makeover.

The royal-bride-to-be today ripped up the royal rule book by stepping out for an official engagement in Cardiff with Prince Harry in a pair of black skinny jeans.

The 36-year-old also stunned one fan by signing an autograph and posing for a selfie, pushing the boundaries of normal royal protocol.

The former Suits star even allowed one well-wisher to kiss her hand, as she and Harry, 33, were greeted by crowds of fans in the Welsh capital.

Showing her skill for diplomatic dressing, Meghan made sure to give a nod to the country with her choice of jeans, which were designed by Welsh brand Hiut Denim.

However, by choosing to dress down in jeans, it appears that she is keen to retain her own signature style rather than having a traditional royal makeover. 

While the Duchess of Cambridge has occasionally worn jeans for sporty our outdoors occasions, such as visiting a farm or football stadium, it's certainly not the standard royal uniform. 

Meghan Markle threw out the royal rule book as she donned a pair of black skinny jeans during her visit to Cardiff 

Meghan Markle threw out the royal rule book as she donned a pair of black skinny jeans during her visit to Cardiff 

The 36-year-old allowed for one fan to kiss her hand as she was greeted by crowds of well-wishers in the Welsh capital

The 36-year-old allowed for one fan to kiss her hand as she was greeted by crowds of well-wishers in the Welsh capital

Meghan was even persuaded to take a selfie by young fan Amy Thomas, 18, in the grounds of Cardiff Castle 

Meghan was even persuaded to take a selfie by young fan Amy Thomas, 18, in the grounds of Cardiff Castle 

Meghan proved she was just as popular as her husband-to-be in Cardiff, with crowds cheering her name and swamping her in hugs during her first trip to the country.

Adoring fans queued up from 6am for a chance to get to greet the couple. June Haws, from Llandaff brought Harry and Meghan a Welsh Love Spoon made from pewter to celebrate their upcoming wedding.

The custom of carving and giving Love Spoons dates back centuries in Wales, with young men gifting them as a token of their affection.

The couple left Wales with a number of them, including one, with the initials H and M carved into it, presented by primary school pupils Harry Smith and Megan Taylor. 

The bride-to-be told fans she was a 'super lucky woman' as she and Harry put on a touching display of affection while carrying out their third engagement - but apologised for being late after their train from London was delayed. 

The former Suits star even signed an autograph for a young fan as she and Harry met with well-wishers lining the streets 

The former Suits star even signed an autograph for a young fan as she and Harry met with well-wishers lining the streets 

Harry Smith and Megan Taylor from Marlborough Primary School (pictured left), gave the couple Welsh Love Spoons

Harry Smith and Megan Taylor from Marlborough Primary School (pictured left), gave the couple Welsh Love Spoons

The custom of carving and giving Love Spoons dates back centuries in Wales, with young men gifting them as a token of their affection. Meghan and Harry are pictured admiring the ones they were given by fans today in Wales 

The custom of carving and giving Love Spoons dates back centuries in Wales, with young men gifting them as a token of their affection. Meghan and Harry are pictured admiring the ones they were given by fans today in Wales 

Primary school pupils Harry Smith (pictured left) and Megan Taylor (right) gave the couple an engraved Welsh Love Spoon 

Primary school pupils Harry Smith (pictured left) and Megan Taylor (right) gave the couple an engraved Welsh Love Spoon 

Miss Markle, 36, was given a real Welsh welcome and handed a bouquet of daffodils, a national symbol, by a young fan

Miss Markle, 36, was given a real Welsh welcome and handed a bouquet of daffodils, a national symbol, by a young fan

A patriotic Welsh woman clutches a bunch of daffodils and her national flag as she prepares to hand them to Miss Markle 

A patriotic Welsh woman clutches a bunch of daffodils and her national flag as she prepares to hand them to Miss Markle 

Meghan Markle arrived in the city alongside her fiancé Prince Harry to tumultuous applause from adoring fans who showered the couple in hugs, handshakes and even kisses

Meghan Markle arrived in the city alongside her fiancé Prince Harry to tumultuous applause from adoring fans who showered the couple in hugs, handshakes and even kisses

Prince Harry is pictured receiving a small gift from two admirers on his and his fiancee's trip to Cardiff this afternoon 

Prince Harry is pictured receiving a small gift from two admirers on his and his fiancee's trip to Cardiff this afternoon 

Miss Markle joked it would be 'fun' to have her hen party in Cardiff during a tour of the historic Welsh capital today

Miss Markle joked it would be 'fun' to have her hen party in Cardiff during a tour of the historic Welsh capital today

Meghan-mania saw royal supporters queuing outside Cardiff Castle from 6am waiting in the biting cold for the US-born actress and her besotted prince, with some even managing to steal a hug from her as she arrived.

And playful Harry was overheard praising Welsh singing, telling his fiancée: 'You are only going to hear the best singing in Wales… at the Principality Stadium we have the best singing. People are in tune, which you can't say for most football stadiums.'

Meghan wrapped up against the biting cold in a black coat by Stella McCartney, with a 'mini venice' handbag in forest green by British leather goods company DeMellier worth £295 and trousers by the Welsh fashion house, Hiut Denim. 

Sixth former Amy Thomas , 18, persuaded Meghan to pose for a selfie in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Amy, of Groesfaen, Cardiff, said: 'She was lovely and friendly.' 

Adoring fans queued up from 6am for a chance to get to greet the couple during their visit to the Welsh capital today 

Adoring fans queued up from 6am for a chance to get to greet the couple during their visit to the Welsh capital today 

The royal couple are pictured speaking to Welsh fans waving their flags outside Cardiff Castle this afternoon

The royal couple are pictured speaking to Welsh fans waving their flags outside Cardiff Castle this afternoon

The couple spent half an hour chatting to wellwishers outside a rainy Cardiff Castle, before taking a further 90 minutes exploring inside

The couple spent half an hour chatting to wellwishers outside a rainy Cardiff Castle, before taking a further 90 minutes exploring inside

A smiling Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured leaning over to shake adoring fans' hands on their visit today 

A smiling Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are pictured leaning over to shake adoring fans' hands on their visit today 

Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, wave to adoring fans hoping for a selfie or autograph outside Cardiff Castle today 

Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, wave to adoring fans hoping for a selfie or autograph outside Cardiff Castle today 

The sought after couple are pictured making their way through crowds of eager fans in Cardiff, Wales this afternoon 

The sought after couple are pictured making their way through crowds of eager fans in Cardiff, Wales this afternoon 

A visit to Wales is not complete without sampling a Welsh cake - and that's exactly what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made sure to do during their time in Cardiff.

They were also given traditional Welsh lovespoons, listened to a Welsh love song and a Welsh poem, as well as the Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud.

The couple spent half an hour chatting to wellwishers outside a rainy Cardiff Castle, before taking a further 90 minutes exploring inside.

Their visit concluded with a Taste of Wales experience, where Harry and Ms Markle were able to enjoy slices of Welsh cheese and of course, Welsh cakes.

Ms Markle herself showcased Welsh manufacturing, with her trousers by Hiut Denim, made in Cardigan, Ceredigion, west Wales.

Sixth former Amy Thomas , 18, persuaded Meghan to pose for a selfie in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Amy, of Groesfaen, Cardiff, said: 'She was lovely and friendly'

Sixth former Amy Thomas , 18, persuaded Meghan to pose for a selfie in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Amy, of Groesfaen, Cardiff, said: 'She was lovely and friendly'

Autograph: Miss Markle wrote a sweet note to one lucky fan with a little heart during her visit to Cardiff

Autograph: Miss Markle wrote a sweet note to one lucky fan with a little heart during her visit to Cardiff

The couple are seen beaming as they talk to a female fan dressed in a long red coat as they walk around central Cardiff The loyal follower kneels down as she shakes Meghan Markle's hand

The couple are seen beaming as they talk to a female fan dressed in a long red coat as they walk around central Cardiff 

The future royal looks ecstatic as she greets smiling fans in central Cardiff during a visit to Wales this afternoon 

The future royal looks ecstatic as she greets smiling fans in central Cardiff during a visit to Wales this afternoon 

The American royal bride-to-be flashes her huge engagement ring as she speaks to fans outside Cardiff Castle today 

The American royal bride-to-be flashes her huge engagement ring as she speaks to fans outside Cardiff Castle today 

The US actress proclaimed the traditional Welsh cake 'very good' after tasting one made by the Village Bakery, based in Wrexham, north Wales.

'Very good,' she said. 'Wow, it's great.'

Welsh cakes are made with flour, sugar, mixed spice, butter, currants, milk and egg, and cooked on a griddle.

The couple were also treated to a wedding cake made from Welsh cheese, with Ms Markle exclaiming: 'Oh my goodness, how sweet is that'.

Both Ms Markle and Harry tasted small pieces of the mature cheddar that made up part of the five-tier cake, which she described as 'really delicious'.

The cake, by the Snowdonia Cheese Company, based in Rhyl, north Wales, included extra mature cheddar, vintage Red Leicester, a garlic and herb cheese and a smoked mature cheddar.

Simon Mercer, director of the company, said: 'We have created it for them, the topper says 'congratulations' in Welsh.

'They are very welcome to take it with them.'

Their visit concluded with a Taste of Wales experience, where Harry and Ms Markle were able to enjoy slices of Welsh cheese and of course, Welsh cakes Prince Harry is pictured all in navy blue as he walks around Cardiff with his fiancee Meghan Markle

Their visit concluded with a Taste of Wales experience, where Harry and Ms Markle were able to enjoy slices of Welsh cheese and of course, Welsh cakes

The couple of the moment are seen walking passed crowds of adoring fans gathered outside Cardiff Castle this afternoon 

The couple of the moment are seen walking passed crowds of adoring fans gathered outside Cardiff Castle this afternoon 

Fans seized the opportunity to dress up for the momentous occasion This woman stole the show in her Queen Victoria costume

Fans seized the opportunity to dress up for the momentous occasion - with one putting on a regal display, stealing the show in her Queen Victoria costume

Ms Markle and Harry were presented with a hamper full of other Welsh products to try, including Halen Mon salt, cider, edible flowers, and Merlyn Cream Liqueur.

At the beginning of their time inside the castle, Harry and Ms Markle listened to the Welsh poem Hon by Sir Thomas Herbert Parry-Williams.

Sixth form student Emily Pemberton, who comes from an English speaking family but learnt Welsh at primary school, recited the poem.

Enlli Pugh, of Eryri Young Farmers Club, then sang a Welsh love song to the couple.

Harry told his fiancee: 'You are only going to hear the best singing in Wales.

'At the Principality Stadium we have the best singing.

'People are in tune, which you can't say for most football stadiums.'

The Royal couple  arrived in the Welsh capital to a tumultuous welcome from cheering and flag waving fans

The Royal couple arrived in the Welsh capital to a tumultuous welcome from cheering and flag waving fans

Meghan-mania saw royal supporters queuing outside from 6am - seven hours before the couple were due to arrive

Meghan-mania saw royal supporters queuing outside from 6am - seven hours before the couple were due to arrive

The American princess-in-waiting (pictured) even delighted one stunned fan by breaking protocol by signing her autograph and posing for a selfie The 36-year-old actress is pictured signing an autograph for one lucky fan

The American princess-in-waiting even delighted one stunned fan by breaking protocol by signing her autograph and posing for a selfie

The royal couple are pictured outside Cardiff Castle on their walkabout in the Welsh capital this afternoon 

The royal couple are pictured outside Cardiff Castle on their walkabout in the Welsh capital this afternoon 

After hearing Enlli's rendition, Ms Markle said: 'What a marvellous voice. It is beautiful, wow. Thank you.'

The actress described a performance by Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud as 'unbelievable, that was so incredible'.

She also praised a street dance by Katie Morris, 18, from Maesteg and Reuel Elijah, 21, from Grangetown, Cardiff.

The dance, by the Jukebox Collective, was choreographed especially for the royal visit and is entitled 'Toy Soldier'.

'She loved it, she was really impressed by the choreography,' company director Liara Barussi said.

Harry told Mr Elijah, who danced the part of a royal guardsman: 'If the guardsman started dancing like that, what will the tourists think?'

The couple also met players involved in Welsh sports, receiving signed shirts from the Welsh Rugby team and the Welsh women's football teams.

They were also presented with a football signed by the Welsh men's football team.

Winger Nadia Lawrence, 28, who plays for Wales, said: 'It was amazing, it was surreal. They seemed very down to Earth.'

The couple left Wales with a number of Welsh lovespoons - tokens of love and affection that date back centuries.

One, with the initials H and M carved into it, was presented by Harry Smith, six, and Megan Taylor, nine, of Marlborough Primary School.

Local delicacies: The Prince and Miss Markle enjoyed a taste of traditional Welsh cakes after a tour of the historic castle 

Local delicacies: The Prince and Miss Markle enjoyed a taste of traditional Welsh cakes after a tour of the historic castle 

Once inside the castle, the pair heard performances from musicians and poets taking part in a Welsh Cultural Festival Read

Once inside the castle, the pair heard performances from musicians and poets taking part in a Welsh Cultural Festival Read

Impressed: The happy couple looked impressed as they watched a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall 

Impressed: The happy couple looked impressed as they watched a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall 

The actress (pictured) described a performance by Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud as 'unbelievable, that was so incredible'

The actress (pictured) described a performance by Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud as 'unbelievable, that was so incredible'

Delight! Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle looked both stunned and impressed while watching a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub community centre in Wales

Delight! Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle looked both stunned and impressed while watching a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub community centre in Wales