The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in New Zealand on Sunday, marking the final leg of their first international royal tour together.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were welcomed to the country with an evening event at Government House in Wellington, where the 37-year-old former actress gave an empowering speech celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
Meghan delivered her speech, which praised Kiwi campaigners for making New Zealand the first country in the world to give women the right to vote, in a custom made dress by Gabriela Hearst – a designer known for incorporating feminist beliefs into her work.
“We are proud to be able to join you tonight in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in your country,” she said.
“The achievements of the women of New Zealand who campaigned for their right to vote, and were the first in the world to achieve it, are universally admired. In looking forward to this very special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the larger impact of what this symbolises.”
As well as being perfectly on point when it came to marrying her message with her outfit, Meghan was also giving us some serious Kate Middleton vibes with her very royal look.
Two years ago at a charity event in London, the Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress that had a similar silhouette.
The classic midi-length gown featured an empire waistline, straight neckline and full skirt just like Meghan’s, and she also paired it with black heels.
The Duchess of Sussex has worn an array of different outfits on her and Harry’s royal tour, some making a bolder statement than others. For example, that pom pom dress in Fiji.
However, Meghan and her husband have made a bigger statement in the way they have touched so many people on this royal tour.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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 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.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
“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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