Meghan Markle bursts out laughing as Shetland pony playfully nips at Prince Harry's hand in Edinburgh

A Shetland pony tried to playfully nip at Prince Harry’s hand as he arrived in Edinburgh for a Royal visit with fiancée Meghan Markle.

Former US actress Ms Markle burst out laughing as Cruachan the pony tried to bite Harry’s hand as he petted the animal outside Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday.

Video footage showed the prince stroking the pony’s mane as they chatted with Major Mark Wilkinson of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. 

But as Prince Harry stretched out his hand to touch Cruachan’s nose, the animal mischievously tried to nip him. 

The prince could be heard shouting ‘hey’ as Ms Markle burst into laughter at the pony’s antics. 

Nine-year-old Cruachan is the mascot for the Royal Regiment of Scotland and famously tried to eat the Queen’s posy during the monarch’s visit to Stirling castle.

Pony Major Wilkinson said: “They were asking about him saying he’s a wee star, he knows he’s on parade and is showing off – they said it was lovely to meet him.”

Prince Harry and Ms Markle were on their first official joint visit to Scotland as part of their pre-wedding royal roadshow.

They were spending the day learning about local organisations and celebrating youth to mark the Scottish Year of Young People. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle (PA)

Ms Markle, who is making her fourth joint official visit with Harry, wore a green and navy tartan Burberry coat and trousers by Veronica Beard, and carried a bottle-green Strathberry East/West mini bag.

The couple’s first stop was at the Esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle, where they were officially welcomed by the Royal Marines Scotland Band.

Harry is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marines after taking over the role from his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in December last year. 

The couple went on a walkabout outside the castle, meeting enthusiastic crowds of people who had braved wet and cold conditions.

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