Harry and Meghan leave touching handwritten note at ANZAC war memorial

Olivia Morris
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

This morning, on day five of their royal tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the opening of an extension of the ANZAC war memorial in Hyde Park. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle laid a wreath to commemorate fallen soldiers, but what many may have missed is that the wreath also contained a handwritten note from the royal couple.


“In grateful memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and in recognition of the men and women for whom the scars endure,” the heartfelt message read.

The note was also signed by Harry and Meghan.

The handwritten note the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left at the ANZAC war memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. Source: Getty

The Duchess of Sussex also made subtle tribute to the military partnership between Australia and New Zealand with her choice of a designer.

The 37-year-old wore wore a stunning black dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead which retails for $2600.

Meghan completed her outfit with a Philip Treacy fascinator, Tabitha Simmons heels which retail for $1000 and a satin Givenchy clutch which retails for $2600.

Prince Harry was dressed in his full military uniform.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Bondi Beach

Thousands of people lined the sand at Bondi Beach on day four of the Duke and Duchess’ royal tour, some waited since 6am morning for the chance to shake hands with the royal couple.

While it was a slightly gloomy morning, it didn’t stop them getting comfortable and taking their shoes off on the sand as they met with a local surfing community group raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing, known as OneWave.

Meghan is wearing a Martin Grant maxi dress. Photo: Getty

The Duke and Duchess took part in the ‘Fluro Friday’ session, where people share their experiences with mental health issues, and have the opportunity to interact with others while enjoying yoga and surfing.

Participants were dressed up for ‘Fluro Friday’, and even helped the Duke and Duchess get into the spirit by giving them leis to wear.

Their day also consisted of a visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Western Sydney, followed by Harry climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the flag for the Invictus Games.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Melbourne

In Melbourne on Thursday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted thousands of royal fans at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Harry reduced one girl to tears as he broke royal protocol giving her a hug.

19-year-old student India Brown was in the crowds to greet Harry and Meghan at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Source: Getty

When she asked if she could have a hug, Harry accepted her offer whilst also slightly teasing her.

“He just said ‘you are going to get me into trouble’,” she recalled to reporters later on.

The pair also made a visit to a South Melbourne primary school and visited South Melbourne beach.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Dubbo visit

Earlier in the day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met five-year-old schoolboy Luke Vincent, who was overjoyed to come face-to-face with the royal couple.

He’d been waiting for the royal couple for hours, and in a heartwarming moment, the kindergartener dove straight in for a cuddle with Harry as the royal bent down to greet him.

The five-year-old Dubbo schoolboy gave Meghan a bunch of flowers and a huge hug. Source: Getty

The young boy, who has Down syndrome, was fascinated by the Duke of Sussex’s scruffy beard, and he reached in to touch it before presenting a pregnant Meghan with a some flowers and a hug.

According to Luke’s mum, he “loves” beards.

“Luke’s favourite person is Santa Claus, isn’t it?” she told 7News, to which Luke replied, “Yeah, Santa Claus.”

Meghan seemed to find Luke’s fascination adorable. Source: Getty

Mrs. Vincent admitted she was slightly concerned after Luke “jumped up” on Harry, as she was told there was a “no touching” rule around the royals.

“I was very concerned once he started rubbing Prince Harry’s face and his hair, but Prince Harry was completely gracious,” she said. “And was so polite and realised what was happening and his infatuation with his beard.

“We can only thank him so much for treating Luke with such respect.”

Meghan Markle is pregnant

Just hours after they arrived in Australia on Monday, the royal pair announced they were expecting their first child together.


“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in statement on Twitter.

“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”


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