Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Nottingham Academy

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Crowds gathered outside Nottingham Academy's site for the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The couple are visiting the school's Mapperley site, in Ransom Road. They visited Nottingham Contemporary this morning.

Crowd wait for the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Crowd wait for the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

They will meet Henry Kulaya, lead principal of Nottingham Academy, at a reception of the school.

They will also meet Helen Fulger, deputy principal of the academy, and Nicola Quinton, also deputy principal of the Academy.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meeting fans Nottingham

They will then meet with mentors of the Full Effect programme in the staff room to talk about the project.

This meeting will also be attended by primary school head teachers, whose schools work with the programme.

Mr Kalaya said: "Nottingham Academy is once again delighted to welcome his Royal Highness Prince Harry to the Ransom Road campus and we are thrilled that the Prince will be joined by Ms Markle.

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"The Prince's connection with Nottingham Academy arose from the Full Effects and Coach Core projects, which are both supported by the Royal Foundation. These projects support our pupils in the local community, driving ambition, aspiration and fostering community spirit.

"Nottingham Academy pupils are excited and feel extremely privileged that they have the opportunity to showcase the work that the Prince's charity has supported and to be part of this momentous visit."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meeting fans Nottingham

The couple move on through the school and talk to Chantelle Stefanovic, a Full Effect mentor who recently spoke about the issues facing children and young people in St Ann's at the summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago. She will leading a support group with year eight girls experiencing problems with their friendship groups.

They will then sit in on a kickboxing session with eight boys and girls put on by Cain Thomas, a Full Effect mentor and graduate of the Coach Core scheme run in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. The Royal couple will speak to those involved before moving into the school hall to witness a performance.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Nottingham Contemporary

There will be rap and poetry taking place organised by the Community Recording Studio, in St Ann's. Prince Harry and Ms Markle will be sitting in the front row for this.

Tiffany Jackson-Bieeu, head of communications at the academy, said: "We are ecstatic that Prince Harry and Ms Markle are going to be visiting today as their first official engagement. We are thrilled to welcome him to our school again.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meeting fans Nottingham

"He sees the warmth that's here. We have some really deprived communities but, within them, there's a real sense of warmth there and within the school that comes across. He wants to share that with Ms Markle."

Dawn and Paul Gibson, from Mansfield, saw the couple in Nottingham city centre this morning and are now waiting for the couple's arrival outside the school.

Paul, 54, said:"We shook hands with Meghan and she asked the name of our dog Billy!"

Dawn, 50, said: "She's lovely. So smiley and bubbly. She looked much more attractive than she does papers actually."

Anne, from Carlton, said: "It is very exciting. I live just down the road. I read about them in the paper. I've never seen any royalty in the flesh before and I think it's important that people see them.

"I'm really happy for them and I think they're a lovely couple. Especially because Harry has had it so tough losing his mother when he was seven. It's tremendous how he has recovered. I think Diana and Meghan are very similar."