Prince Harry insists football is ‘coming home’ during Áras visit
Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Sussex on second day of Ireland visit
As Harry and Meghan posed for a picture with President Higgins and his wife Sabina, the Duke of Sussex replied, laughing, “most definitely”.
His tone was more positive than at a garden party at the British ambassador’s residence in Dublin on Tuesday night when he told Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll he was not as confident as everyone else and wanted to avoid jinxing the result.
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 Ireland.
Harry and Meghan, who was wearing a Roland Mouret dress, were greeted on the portico of the north entrance to the Áras 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 contains busts of Ireland’s past presidents, mounted on marble columns. - PA