Prince Harry and Meghan Markle carried out their second joint engagement in Brixton on Tuesday, January 9. The pair, who are set to wed in 122 days, are juggling wedding planning along with their official duties. The actress and the Prince held hands and were all smiles as they visited the studios of Reprezent 107.3 in South London, the only 24-hour underground music station in the UK produced by people under 25.
VIEW GALLERY Meghan and Harry attended their second joint engagement in Brixton Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage
Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, were greeted with cheers and applause from fans who waited outside Pop Brixton in the hope of catching a glimpse of the couple. Meghan was on trend in a grey coat by Symthe, a sweater by Marks & Spencer, Burberry pants, a scarf by Jigsaw and black pumps from Sarah Flint. The bride-to-be switched up her hair, opting for a low knot with loose strands. Princess Diana’s son complemented his future wife in a grey sweater and dark pants under a green coat.
The radio station was founded in 2003 by former teacher Shane Carey, in response to a sudden increase in knife crime in nearby neighborhood, Peckham. According to Mr. Carey, Harry and Meghan reached out to him three days before Christmas, asking if they could come and see the station for themselves. "We didn't invite them, they approached us just before Christmas," he said.
VIEW GALLERY The actress was on trend in an all grey look Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage
"I was asked to give a major presentation the next day and have been working on this non-stop ever since. The reason they are coming is because we are aligned very closely to their interests, we do a lot of work around mental health. The whole model of Reprezent is peer mentoring, and I know that is something that really interests Prince Harry."
He continued: "Reprezent came out of a community station and has been so successful that it has just eclipsed everything else. Reprezent is about giving young people a voice and confidence. And radio is probably the way to do it. There are so many jobs that you can do within radio – not just the obvious skills, but also getting on with people, turning your hands to all sorts of jobs."
The Prince and his bride-to-be listened to a broadcast at Reprezent Radio Photo: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/AFP/Getty Images
The station trains hundreds of young people each year in media and employment skills, and offers courses in everything from audio and radio production to confidence building, work experience and volunteering. The popular program currently has over 3,000 people on the waiting list, and has seen past students go on to run their own club nights and produce their own music.
This is Harry and Meghan's first engagement of the year, and their second in total. They carried out their first joint engagement in November, where they visited the Nottingham Academy to meet children from the Full Effect program and later to Nottingham Contemporary for the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day. The pair were last seen on Christmas Day attending the annual Christmas church service at Sandringham, where they were joined by other members of the royal family, including the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Kate Middleton.