Meghan Markle's fright during Melbourne appearance

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Meghan Markle was certainly taken by surprise during an official appearance in Melbourne on Thursday.

The 37-year-old accompanied Prince Harry to a special engagement to learn about some innovative programs developed by young Victorians, but she wasn’t expecting a slight fright when she met a particular group of school students.

Meghan and Harry diligently inspected a scaled miniature Formula 1 car designed and made by Trinity Grammar students, but as the mini vehicle zoomed down a makeshift track, Meghan jumped and covered her mouth, before nervously bursting into laughter.

Meghan Markle was taken by surprise during an official appearance in Melbourne on Thursday. Photo: Channel Seven

“‘Woah, I was not expecting that,” she then said.

Prince Harry and the school students giggled along with the Duchess of Sussex after her startled moment which was captured on camera.

Earlier that day the Duke and Duchess met locals along Government House Drive before heading into Government House for a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Linda Dessau AC.

The welcome event was to acknowledge influential young Australians, with campaigns such as VicHealth’s This Girl Can holding demonstrations on the lawns of Government House.

Meghan jumped in shock as a scaled miniature Formula 1 car zoomed down a makeshift track. Photo: Channel Seven
She covered her mouth before nervously bursting into laughter. Photo: Channel Seven

Ambassadors led 150 women in a range of activities featured in the campaign, including Aussie rules football, netball, yoga, boxercise, cricket, cycling and Zumba to an energising soundtrack performed by DJ Yo Mafia.

Harry and Meghan have been in the country since Monday, for a 16-day stint in Australia.

During that time, they will take in all the sights of Australia, before heading to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, meeting with locals and carrying out engagements at the Invictus Games in Sydney.

Kensington Palace has revealed that their trip ‘will focus on youth leadership, and projects being undertaken by young people to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the region’.

Earlier in the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeted fans. Photo: Getty

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