My magic moment with Prince Harry
Prince Harry smiled and waved at a Bermudian girl who wished him and bride Meghan Markle all the best on their wedding day.
Skylar Bean, 11, waved the island’s flag and shouted a Bermudian greeting as the royal couple’s carriage passed crowds lining the streets in Windsor — and was stunned when the prince looked back and acknowledged her.
She told The Royal Gazette: “As soon as they finished the announcement that they had kissed, we waited.
“We saw the soldiers walk up and down, then we could hear screaming and shouting and cheering and we just knew they were going to come before any announcement.
“When they came past I shouted ‘best wishes from Bermuda’.
“I thought that was the end of it but I looked back at the carriage and he turned to me and waved to me.
“I was really surprised that he heard me — I thought he wouldn’t turn around and when he did, I was thrilled.
“I just wanted to send them the best wishes because Bermuda is a UK territory and I am proud to be Bermudian so I just shouted it.”
Skylar, who lives in Windsor but spent the first year of her life in Bermuda, camped out on the sidewalk all night with her mother, Samantha Scott, to get a good view after a last-minute decision to join in the celebration.
The pair settled on a spot near the Windsor Guild Hall at 8pm the night before Saturday’s service, which put them only yards away from the route of the Royal couple’s carriage.
Skylar’s father, Dean, originally from Pembroke, was unable to join Skylar and her mother due to work commitments.
Ms Scott said it took some planning to get in a position where they could get so close to the couple, who were watched by millions on TV around the world.
She added: “We decided to camp out on the Friday night so we could be guaranteed a good place which we got right opposite Windsor Guild Hall — it used to be the town hall of Windsor and is the most historic building other than the castle.
“I had a sleepless night. Skylar managed to sleep but it was really cold.
“People were already turning up so I think it was a wise decision to go that early.”
Ms Scott said: “We don’t live far from where they had the long walk but we decided to go into town because we wanted to be at the beginning of it all.
“We were near the mayor, the councillors of Windsor and dignitaries, which is probably why we got good photos of us because we were right opposite them.”
Ms Scott added that the atmosphere in the historic town was “electric” and that their Bermuda flag attracted attention from more than just the prince.
She said: “We were in quite an international little strip — there were Canadians, Americans, other Brits obviously but we were the only ones with a Bermudian flag and it actually generated a lot of interest.
“People were asking where our flag was from so we told them about Bermuda and that it was an overseas territory.
“Everyone was so friendly and upbeat and positive, it was brilliant.
“When Skylar said: ‘Best wishes from Bermuda’, he looked back — her voice was above everybody and he gave us a huge wave.
“He looked right at her. It made up for her having to sleep on the concrete all night.”
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