MEGHAN Markle teased a little boy after he cheekily reached out and repeatedly stroked her hair this morning.
She and Prince Harry are currently on their first official overseas trip since getting married, and were snapped grinning and wagging their finger at three-year-old Walter after he became fascinated with Meghan’s glossy locks.
The pair were visiting Croke Park – home to Ireland’s Gaelic Athletic Association – to watch dozens of kids playing Gaelic football and hurling.
Newly married Meghan had earlier beamed as Prince Harry let four-year-old Dylan Mahon playfully tug on his beard today as the pair continue their visit to Dublin.
After the cheeky grab, Harry told the youngster: “You might have a beard soon – you never know!”
On the pitch the couple watched as groups of boys and girls played hurling, camogie – the women’s equivalent – Gaelic football and “fun and run”, a rounders-like game designed to be inclusive for people with disabilities.
Harry picked up a goalie’s helmet and asked Tom Whooley, nine, if he had ever been hit in the face by a ball.
When Tom answered no, the duke asked him: “Have you hit a ball into someone else’s face? Not yet? Working on it!”
Colin Regan, the GAA’s community and health manager, said: “Meghan was particularly interested in the fact that there were boys and girls playing sports together. She said she had not seen that before, really.”
The loved-up couple held hands as they carried out their duties – after having met Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins, his wife and his two dogs earlier today.
What is Croke Park’s history and why is the royal visit important?
On November 21, 1920, British forces opened fire at a Gaelic football match between Tipperary and Dublin at Croke Park, killing 14 spectators and players.
Earlier that day, IRA assassination squads had shot dead 14 suspected British intelligence agents in Dublin.
The day became known as the original Bloody Sunday and has become enshrined in Irish folklore.
Harry followed in the footsteps of his grandmother the Queen by making the symbolic visit to Croke Park.
She visited the site in 2011, and it was seen as a momentous part of her Irish visit as it was an acknowledgment of a dark passage in British history.
Yesterday Prince Harry said: “As each other’s closest neighbours, the UK and Ireland’s relationship is unique; our shared history is long and complex.”
“There have of course been challenging, and at times tragic, periods of that relationship.
“Tomorrow we hope to have the opportunity to reflect on some of those difficult passages in our history when we visit Croke Park and the Famine Memorial.”
They chatted to a number of small children and looked perfectly at ease messing around with the youngsters.
It once more sparked excited rumours the pair could soon have children of their own, after Meghan’s father Thomas Markle spoke out to say he thinks his daughter will be pregnant soon.
Earlier this year it was reported the pair are “desperate” for kids and want to get started as soon as possible.
And in their engagement interview last year, Harry indicated they wanted children as he told the BBC’s Mishal Husain: “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”
This morning Harry delighted football fans and confirmed he believes “it’s coming home” – as England vies for a place in the World Cup final tonight.
Yesterday he refused to reveal his prediction for England’s World Cup semi-final tonight – because he doesn’t want to “jinx” our chances.
The Duke of Sussex kept his cards close to his chest when Irish rugby union legend Brian O’Driscoll asked him if “football’s coming home”.
The Three Lions beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday to set up a last four clash with Croatia in Moscow this evening.
Harry was quizzed by O’Driscoll as he began his two-day visit to Dublin with wife Meghan last night at a British Ambassador reception.
Speaking yesterday, O’Driscoll said: “I asked him, ‘so, is football coming home?’
“But he refused to say it. I think he just said he isn’t as confident as everyone else about England winning tomorrow.
“He said he won’t say it because he doesn’t want to jinx it.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently on their first official trip abroad as a married couple – and today met Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.
However, the newlyweds looked especially excited to meet their Bernese Mountain Dogs – Brod and Sioda.
The couple have appeared relaxed on their Irish trip – as they sipped Champagne at last night’s party, and joker Harry even made a tongue-in-cheek dig at the Prince of Wales as he stood on stage.
Paying tribute to the British Ambassador in Ireland, Robin Barnett, Harry said: “As some of you may know, he showed my father around his home city of Cork a couple of weeks ago.
“So we are very grateful for you joining us here this evening as well. And also very nice to know that he didn’t bore you senseless.”
During the final day of their visit, Harry and Meghan have been meeting the people of Dublin.
They went to a Gaelic sports festival at Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association but also the site of the 1920 Bloody Sunday massacre that was visited by the Queen during her historic state visit to Ireland in 2011.
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Meghan and Harry have also seen more of Ireland’s culture and heritage, with a visit to Trinity College where they saw the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures.
The Duke and Duchess will later have a moment for reflection at the Famine Memorial, before visiting EPIC, the Irish Emigration Museum, telling the story of the 10 million Irish people who have emigrated across the world.
The royal couple will also learn more about the bright future of Ireland during their time in Dublin, with a visit to DogPatch Labs, a co-working space for technology start-ups.