But, a mere four days into her engagement, Meghan Markle is already learning to do things the Windsor way. "The Queen has always put duty first and Prince Charles and Prince William have learnt from her".
Mary Cooper, 60, who had been waiting to see the prince and his bride-to-be since before 9am, said: "I think it's absolutely wonderful that both he and his brother have found happiness".
Markle was wearing an ankle-length navy coat, as she and her fiancé greeted fans outside the National Justice Museum.
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Markle, who has been a campaigner for several causes including work as a U.N women's advocate, is to give up her previous charity roles as she begins life in Britain's royal family, Harry's spokesman said on Tuesday.
They were welcomed to the town by big crowds of well wishers lining the streets, with an increased police presence on hand as crowds converged outside Nottingham Contemporary, which will be hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair - the first stop on their visit.
She was also keen to travel around Britain to get to know the country that will become her home as she intends to become a British citizen, the spokesman added.
The couple, who will be married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, next May, are planning to tour the United Kingdom in the six months leading up to their wedding so the former actress can get to know her new home.