Sophie Wessex and Edward's latest engagement had echoes of Meghan and Harry's

SOPHIE, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward mirrored Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by marking the start of Black History Month with a special royal engagement.

PUBLISHED: 20:15, Thu, Oct 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:15, Thu, Oct 1, 2020

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, and Prince Edward, 56, followed in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's footsteps with an important royal visit on Thursday. The couple visited Vauxhall City Farm in South London to see how its programme of community projects are helping mark Black History Month (BHM) in the UK.

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The Royal Family's official Twitter account shared details and photos of the visit in a string of tweets.

The tweets read: "Today The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited @vauxhallfarm to see their community engagement programmes in action, and joined staff, volunteers and members of the local community as the farm marked the start of #BlackHistoryMonth.

"This month @VauxhallFarm is running a programme of educational activities for #BlackHistoryMonth, aimed at schools in the area.

"The Earl and Countess heard from teachers, students and local residents who shared stories and poems about important figures in black history."

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Sophie Wessex and EdwardSophie Wessex and Edward mirror Meghan Markle and Harry with latest royal engagement (Image: GETTY/Evening Standard)

Sophie Wessex and EdwardSophie Wessex and Edward: The royals visited Vauxhall City Farm to see the programmes it's putting on to mark Black History Month (Image: GETTY)

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The Royal Family tweets continued: "Vauxhall City Farm is one of the oldest central city farms in London.

"Alongside community outreach programmes, the farm provides recreation benefits.

"TRH’s spoke to staff and volunteers about adapting to new measures since re-opening and how they coped during lockdown."

As well as meeting volunteers and teachers involved in the farm's Black History Month projects, Sophie and Edward were introduced to some of the animals including a film star alpaca.

On being Sophie introduced to Jerry the alpaca, Sophie joked: "You've got a funny face.

Sophie Wessex and EdwardSophie Wessex and Edward: The couple got to meet some of the farm's star residents (Image: GETTY)

The countess added: "I suppose you must think I have a funny face too."

Jerry was joined by fellow alpacas Tom and Ben - a trio who were hired to appear in the multi-million-pound blockbuster

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