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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Hear Stories Of Former Homeless People At Edinburgh's Social Bite Cafe

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have heard from former homeless people about how a social enterprise cafe in Edinburgh has helped them turn their lives around.

The royal couple visited the sandwich shop Social Bite, which helps homeless people across Scotland, during their first official joint visit to the country. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh on Tuesday © Provided by Huffington Post Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Social Bite cafe in Edinburgh on Tuesday While one quarter of the cafe chain’s staff is made up of people who were once homeless, the enterprise also hands out 100,000 food and drink items to homeless people each year. 

Harry asked the founders of Social Bite when they would be brining the coffee shops “down south”.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Social Bite in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland. © Press Association Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Social Bite in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland. Meghan told the staff in the kitchen she wanted to work there because it seemed “fun”. 

The couple - who are set to marry in May - are the latest in a long line of high-profile visitors to the cafe. 

George Clooney with Social Bite co-founders Alice Thompson and Josh Littlejohn © Provided by Huffington Post George Clooney with Social Bite co-founders Alice Thompson and Josh Littlejohn While Hollywood A-lister George Clooney stopped by in 2015, leaving a $1,000 donation, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn bought meals for two homeless people when he visited the Glasgow branch a month earlier. 

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Harry and Meghan called in at the coffee shop during their first official joint appearance in Scotland, which began with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. 

The duo spent several minutes speaking to people in the large crowds which had gathered on the city’s streets to mark the royal visit, despite the bitter weather. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle © Provided by Huffington Post Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle They later attended the firing of the castle’s iconic One O’Clock Gun.  

Harry and Meghan are set to round off their trip with a charity reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. 

Prince Harry greets crowds during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle © Provided by Huffington Post Prince Harry greets crowds during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle The Edinburgh trip follows official visits to Nottingham, Brixton in London and Cardiff. 

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