There were plenty of fans lined up to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Melbourne on Thursday, but it was six-year-old Gavin Hazelwood who really caught the attention of the Duchess when he gifted her a necklace made out of pasta.
Now young Gavin, still dressed in his pilot outfit, has spoken out with his mum Rowan about the very moment he met Meghan.
“It was such a once in a lifetime opportunity, not only to see them in real life but also to support them because they do such great work for the Commonwealth and then she’s just naturally beautiful in real life,” his mum Rowan said.
“She loved it,” Gavin added when asked what Meghan said to him about the necklace.
“It was the only thing we could think of making her,” he continued. “We made it out of pasta and we dipped the pasta in gold paint and we threaded some ribbon through the pasta.”
Lucky for the primary school student, Meghan absolutely loved the delicate pasta necklace that Gavin had made, and even wore it for the rest of her public walkabout at Government House Drive in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
That morning 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.
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’.