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Harry and Meghan greet well-wishers in the snow during Bristol visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet children in the snow. Photo: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex faced wintry conditions as they met well-wishers in Bristol during their visit to the city.

Dozens of people had waited in snow and freezing temperatures to greet Meghan and Harry outside the Bristol Old Vic theatre.

The cold weather that swept in overnight and left the city carpeted in snow forced nearby Bristol Airport to be shut for a period and closed dozens of local schools.

The Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre. Credit: PA

A planned walkabout by the duke and duchess was curtailed, with snow and slush on the cobbled street outside the theatre making walking difficult.

Later the couple will tour the historic venue, which is undergoing a multimillion pound restoration and has a unique place in British theatre history, having nurtured the talents of countless famous actors from Sir Daniel Day-Lewis to Peter O’Toole.

Stirling prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins led the redesign of the theatre, built in 1766, which includes a full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer that reveals the original auditorium facade to the street for the first time.

The internal layout has been transformed, with the restoration of the Georgian Coopers’ Hall, a new studio theatre created in the old barrel vaults and mezzanine galleries.

The project is the second stage of a 10-year £26 million programme to completely overhaul and safeguard the future of the theatre.

Harry and Meghan listened in to a performance.
Credit: PA

During the visit one well-wisher called out to Harry to show him pictures of her mother meeting Princess Diana during her visit to Bristol.

"Your mum visited Bristol 25 years ago and my mum was so excited to meet her she wouldn't let go of the flowers," she said.

Smiling at the photos, Prince Harry said: "I love that.

"I recognise everybody in that photo."