first_imgAt first glance it may have seemed a world away from their normal Kensington Palace lives.But Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received the warmest of welcomes as they visited a Brixton community radio station, coming away with a host of new friends, an elaborate handshake, and no shortage of offers for their wedding DJ.The Prince and his fiance were left seeming overwhelmed by their reception, surrounded by screaming admirers as hundreds of Londoners turned out onto the cold streets to shout: “We love you.”At one point, the noise proved too much for even the experienced ears of Prince Harry, who exclaimed “it’s so loud” before encouraging Ms Markle to give fans another wave.The generosity of strangers in her new home was, Ms Markle told one member of the crowd, “incredibly kind”, as she disclosed she was, naturally, “so excited” for her forthcoming May wedding. “He said ‘what, events?'” Mr Asiamah wrote on Twitter afterwards. “Fair enough.” After accepting bouquets of flowers and pictures made for them by children, the Prince and Ms Markle departed hand-in-hand.The public appearance, their first of 2018, came as it emerged Ms Markle had closed down her social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  “She is beautiful. Prince Harry is lucky to have her – and she is lucky to have him.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Harry and Meghan greet noisy crowdsCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images At one point, station manager Adrian Newman told Prince Harry they had a question for him.The Prince, deferring to his fiance, pointed to Ms Markle and insisted: “She answers the questions.”“Yes, talking of gender equality!” Ms Markle agreed, smiling. Crowds awaiting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FMCredit:Andrew Parsons / i-Images Just slipped Prince Harry the old business card in a bid to secure that #weddingdj gig @KensingtonRoyal @ReprezentRadio @meghanmarkle #triedit #godj pic.twitter.com/Rr4TWkQKIH— Jevanni Letford (@JevanniLetford) January 9, 2018 Prince Harry and Ms Markle visit Reprezent, BrixtonCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph Who do I call to DJ at the reception, @RoyalFamily? Also, can I bring a plus one? Safe.— P O T É (@PoteVersicolor) January 9, 2018 Gender equality close to Ms Markle’s heartIn the room next door, the couple meet with some of other young volunteers, DJs and those on the training programme, embarking on a discussion of an issue close to Ms Markle’s heart: gender equality.YV Shells said: “I couldn’t believe it when she spoke to me and said she had heard about my work on gender equality. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM Another woman in her 40s who wished to be known only as Tracey said: “I like her humanitarian work, I like that she had a career of her own – and I like her feminism.”  The couple, who were making just their second public appearance together, were praised by DJs and young people at radio station Reprezent, who gave them a crash course in new music and a seven-staged fist-bump handshake.DJ YV Shells, 24, from Woolwich, who juggles his medical degree with his work at the station, proclaimed them “so cool, so down to earth”, while Remi Adermi, 24, said of her handshake lesson: “I just thought it was now or never. He’s a cool guy, a sweet guy. And he did it!” “She just couldn’t hide her excitement when Grace asked her,” the children’s mother Helen added. “She was glowing.” Introduced to Gloria Beyi, 17, Ms Markle showed she had been listening carefully to information about the station, quizzing her on her future before declaring: “It’s amazing, it so cool.”She went on to praise the presenter, adding “I can see why your show is so popular. You’re so thoughtful and your approach is so engaging” before leaving bystanders in giggles with the promise: “I must tune in.”Prince Harry, who had thus far impressed young people at the radio station, faltered down slightly when asked by Jeremiah Asiamah whether he had heard of Giggs, a rapper. The Prince and Ms Markle spent 45 minutes at Reprezent, delaying their departure to undertake an impromptu walkabout outside. So basically I asked Prince Harry… does he know about Giggs … he said what events…Fair enough 😂🤷🏿‍♂️— Jeremiah Asiamah (@JeremiahAsiamah) January 9, 2018 Queen of the airwavesThey had arrived in Brixton, London, at 3pm, waving to visitors before stepping inside the social enterprise radio station for a private meeting with founder Shane Carey to learn about station’s success. It has so far trained more than 4,000 young people and nurtured talent including grime star Stormzy.Though they chose not to appear live on air, the Prince and Ms Markle were then taken into studios to meet the DJs and donned headphones to listen to a track: ‘Flirt’ by the artist Poté. Crowds awaiting Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:PA Meghan ‘couldn’t hide her excitement’As the couple left the studio, they made a detour to waiting crowds of well-wishers to shake hands and thank them for attending.Meeting Grace White, ten, and her sister, Olive, seven, Ms Markle thanked them for their proffered flowers and answered a question on whether she was excited about her wedding with an animated: “Of course I am!” One DJ, Jevanni Letford, went one step further, showing his entrepreneurial spirit as he slipped Prince Harry a business card, offering to perform at the couple’s wedding. “It was beautiful, if I am honest with you. I am firm believer in normal behaviour when it comes to women, not special, just normal, which means respecting people.“It spun me that she mentioned it.”Prince Harry told him: “As males we have to do our part or it’s not going to work.” Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images A palace source said: “Ms Markle is grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years, however as she has not used these accounts for some time. “She has taken the decision to close them.”  Prince Harry and Ms Markle visit Reprezent, Brixton Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle arrive at POP Brixton to visit @ReprezentRadio 🎧 pic.twitter.com/NsxphnLDod— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 9, 2018 Harry and Meghan greet noisy crowds Meghan Markle smiles during a visit with Britain's Prince Harry to the Reprezent 107.3 FM According to Shane Carey, CEO and Founder, it was Prince Harry and Ms Markle who approached him three days before Christmas, asking whether they could come and see the station for themselves after learning about its work with The Queen’s Young Leaders.”We didn’t invite them, they approached us just before Christmas,” said Mr Carey. “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.”This is brilliant for us. We have been slogging at it for 15 years and to actually have the spotlight shone on us in this way is remarkable.” Speaking after the visit, one member of the crowd, foster carer Sharley Watson, 55, said: “It’s good to see Meghan in Brixton, a black community – it’s the first time we’ve had a royal visit here.  “Hopefully she will want to help areas like this. I hope she liked it. I think she would like it even better at night – she could try out the nightlife.”  Meghan Markle smiles during a visit with Britain’s Prince Harry to the Reprezent 107.3 FMCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA [email protected] HRH Prince Harry – Ms. Meghan MarkleReprezent is ready for you! 👑 pic.twitter.com/az11fDPDCP— Reprezent 107.3FM (@ReprezentRadio) January 9, 2018  DJs at the radio station spent the morning excitedly discussing the visit, testing one another on their knowledge of all things royal and proclaiming themselves “gassed”. ReprezentThe Reprezent training programme was established 10 years ago in response to the rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio. Calling children “sweetie” and asking for their names, Ms Markle made her way along a line of people accompanied by Prince Harry, telling one gentleman who promised to go to Windsor for their wedding: “That’s incredibly kind, thank you so much.”  In the On Air studio, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle meet presenter Glory as she records her show for @ReprezentRadio. pic.twitter.com/72HjEQpAjv— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 9, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more