- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 10:52AM
For a family famous for their love of all things equestrian, there is one particular pony breed that really don't seem to have much time for the Windsors.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the latest victim of horseplay today, when they arrived in Edinburgh this morning and found themselves almost upstaged by an animated Shetland pony called Cruachan IV.
The jet-black breed, nine, offered an over-familiar welcome to the soon-to-be-wed couple, with Harry forced to hold out his hands in defence at one point.
After some nervous laughter as they awaited the animal's next move, the prince eventually he managed to stroke the decorated horse's nose.
Cruachan IV, has form when it comes to accosting royals.
The pony, who is the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was part of the guard of honour who greeted the Queen as she arrived to mark her 70th anniversary as Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
On camera, the pony's minder could be heard saying be 'gentle' as Her Majesty extended her gloved hand towards him.
However, the decorated animal was having none of it and promptly found the pretty bouquet of flowers the Queen was holding as a light snack.