Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have met influential young Australians in Melbourne on day three of their royal tour around Australia.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s afternoon was spent at the beach in South Melbourne.
The couple stuck to royal protocol, opting to wear shoes on the sandy beach instead of going barefoot like many of the Aussies they met.
They both met with volunteers from BeachPatrol, an organisation which aims to reduce the impact of litter on the marine environment by keeping Melbourne’s beaches clean and free of waste.
Harry and Meghan also met and spoke with surf lifesavers from South Melbourne beach.
The pair travelled to the foreshores of the city via a Melbourne Tram, experiencing the largest urban tramway network in the world.
Earlier in the afternoon, Harry and Meghan arrived at Albert Park Primary School and were greeted by hoards of cheering young students.
The royal couple were there to meet student leaders to learn about the school’s work on sustainable practices.
Earlier in the day, the parents-to-be paid a visit to the Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane – the eatery aims to provide help, guidance and new opportunities to young Indigenous Australians.
Harry and Meghan had a cooking demonstration showcasing native Australian food.
The menu, designed by executive chef Greg Hampton, consisted of a mushroom, quinoa and chargrilled kangaroo entree and wild boar, saffron risotto and barramundi main course.
Earlier in the day, the royal couple attended a reception to acknowledge influential young Australians hosted by the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Linda Dessau AC.
There were 350 young Victorians, who are leaders in their fields, that had the opportunity to meet and speak with the royals in the Government House Ballroom.
The pair were also able to learn about local campaigns such as VicHealth’s This Girl Can, which was holding demonstrations on the lawns of Government House.
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.
Both Meghan and Harry chatted to those involved and even had a go at some of the exercises themselves.
The couple couldn’t stop laughing and smiling at each other.
The aim of the campaign is about empowering everyday women to get active however, wherever and whenever they wanted without being judged.
“We were excited and honoured to be able to show The Duke and Duchess how Victorian women are smashing the outdated stereotypes about what a woman can or can’t do in the gym, on the sporting field and in our neighbourhoods,” VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said.
The royal pair then went into Government House and had the opportunity to learn about other programs developed by young Victorians, including the Man Cave.
The Man Cave program works with schools, teachers, parents and community groups to deliver workshops, camps and keynote presentations that explore healthy masculinity, positive mental health, respectful relationships and gender equality.
Earlier in the day the Duke and Duchess met locals along Government House Drive before heading into Government House.
Although they were running about 20 minutes late, the royals made sure to shake as many hands as they could, while accepting flowers, books and other gifts being handed to them by the crowds.
Two girls Stephanie and Morgan even decided they would help the couple with baby name suggestions, even handing Meghan a book with some ideas.
Meghan is wearing a navy blue Dion Lee dress – a new collection piece from their Pre-Fall 19 collection called the Folded Sail dress costing $1290 – and her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in navy suede.
She has accessorised with a $3,140 Gucci shoulder bag and a beige trench coat by Paris-based Aussie designer Martin Grant. Overall her outfit for day three is estimated to cost around $9,000.
Crowds lined the streets in preparation of meeting the royals, who took their time during their meet the people walk in Sydney at the Opera House on Monday, as well as meeting locals in Dubbo, NSW, on Tuesday.
It seems some have even decided skipping school is worth the chance to meet Harry and Meghan, with one young girl spotted with a sign “worth the detention”.
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’.
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