Meghan Markle wore a figure-hugging dress showing her baby bump today and said she and Prince Harry can’t wait to be parents, declaring: ‘We’re ready! We’re excited to join the club’.
They had told the Queen and the rest of the royal family their happy news at Princess Eugenie’s Windsor Castle wedding on Friday before boarding a commercial flight to Australia via Singapore over the weekend.
The Duke and Duchess have been greeted by huge crowds desperate to see them and congratulate them about their baby, who will be seventh in line to the throne and is due in late April next year.
Today – the first full day of their tour – culminated in a Sydney reception at the grand Admiralty House overlooking the city’s opera house where Meghan said she and her husband are ‘excited’ about becoming parents.
Meghan, who wore butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet belonging to Princess Diana in a touching tribute to Harry’s mother, spoke to Australian TV personality Eddie Woo, 33, and conversation turned towards parenthood.
When he said that his own children – aged five, seven and 10 – require ‘a lot of energy’, she replied: ‘We’re ready! We’re excited to join the club’.
Harry then told guests: ‘Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life. And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Findlay Blue , four, and Dasha Gallagher, six, after they officially opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo in Sydney today
Insiders have said Prince Harry is ‘happier than he has ever been’ as he and Meghan prepare to become parents next Spring and the couple were handed a soft toy Kangaroo for baby Sussex by The Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove (pictured)
Earlier in the day the Duke and Duchess held hands on the lawns at Admiralty House overlooking Sydney Opera House and Meghan wore a white dress that showed her small baby bump
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Meghan spoke to Australian Singer Missy Higgins, with her nine week old baby Lunar, who slept soundly during an afternoon reception on the first day of their royal tour
Harry and Meghan greet royal fan and war widow Daphne Dunne as they arrive for a public walkabout at the Sydney Opera House. Ms Dunne, 98, has been dubbed Prince Harry’s ‘favourite Aussie’ with the Duke of Sussex stopping to have lengthy chats with her during both his 2015 and 2017 trips to Australia
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were introduced to another Meghan and Harry today – the koala bears named after them at Taronga Zoo in Sydney
Meghan, who at times wore a trench coat despite the 75F (24C) temperatures outside, also spoke to Australian Singer Missy Higgins, and lavished compliments on her nine week old baby Lunar, who slept soundly during an afternoon reception.
It came at the and of an extraordinary day where thousands turned out to see the couple across Sydney and congratulate them with Meghan telling crowds: ‘What an exciting time. I’ve been so happy’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out for their first official engagements in Sydney – less than 24 hours after arriving in Australia and revealing their baby news.
Meghan Markle’s sister Samantha ‘won’t be happy’ if their father never sees the baby
Samantha Markle has warned she ‘won’t be happy’ if her half-sister the Duchess of Sussex does not include their father in the baby’s life
The Duchess of Sussex‘s estranged half-sister has spoken out about the royal baby which she hopes will reconcile her family.
Samantha Markle continued her high-profile antics as she was pictured yesterday buying the couple a congratulations card.
But the 53-year-old warned she ‘won’t be happy’ if Meghan does not include their father in the baby’s life.
Samantha Markle, 53, who shares the same father as Meghan, Thomas Markle, has not seen or spoken to her sibling for more than ten years and was not invited to the royal wedding in May.
Markle, also known as Samantha Grant, has see-sawed between launching vicious attacks and praising Meghan on social media.
She vented her fury after the wedding, accusing the duchess on Twitter of hypocrisy and being cold and inhumane in her treatment of her father.
But she also later apologised to Meghan on live television during an appearance on Jeremy Vine on 5, saying: ‘I wish things could be different’.
She has now told The Sun she hopes the baby will bring her family closer together.
She said: ‘I would hope that — for the sake of the baby, the family, the world and my dad — that leaving him out of the statement was not intentional.
‘I hope my dad is included and at a proper time. If he is excluded, I won’t be happy. It is in the best interests of the baby for my dad to be included.
‘A baby changes everything and softens everyone. I would only hope that there would be some adjustment or some way of including him.’
Meghan wore a figure-hugging white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee that showed her small, growing, baby bump.
Within minutes of the duchess’ outfit details being announced, the brand’s website crashed and the piece sold out as the ‘Meghan effect’ took hold in Australia.
The khaki green Brandon Maxwell dress she wore in the afternoon recently featured on the Spring 2019 Brandon Maxwell catwalk, retails for $2,555 (GBP £,1385).
First up this morning, at Admiralty House, they were given Ugg boots and a stuffed kangaroo with a joey in the pouch for Baby Sussex from Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Meghan declared: ‘Our first baby gift’.
They then met Findlay Blue , four, and Dasha Gallagher, six, after they officially opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex concluded the first day of their royal tour with a reception hosted by Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Cosgrove.
The royal couple were guests of honour at the afternoon event in Sydney’s Admiralty House, where guests from a broad range of sectors including charity, local business, arts, sports and entertainment, gathered in one of the residence’s formal reception rooms for drinks and canapés.
Upon arrival, the Duchess and Prince Harry were escorted by Lady Cosgrove to the top of the room while Governor-general Cosgrove took to a lectern to share remarks.
‘You’re almost a son of Australia,’ he said of Prince Harry’s multiple visits to the country. ‘Your bond with the people of this nation is very special.’ Looking over to Meghan, he added, ‘And now we have you here so we can adopt you as well.’
Referring to the couple’s visit to Taronga Zoo earlier in the day, the Governor-General joked, ‘When you [both] came in the study earlier I had to check for no bandages or cuts.’
Prince Harry was next to speak, telling guests: ‘G’day your excellency, ladies and gentlemen, it is obviously great to be back in Australia,’ he said.
‘We are delighted to be here, and really impressed to see you serving beer and tea at an afternoon reception, in true Aussie style.’
‘You will also notice we had a roof on our boat earlier after last year’s downpour and luckily Sydney’s sun is shining today. So thank you for organising the weather.
‘Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life. And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl.’
Meghan is seen resting her head on Prince Harry’s shoulder as the meet and greet came to an end on Tuesday afternoon outside Sydney Opera House
The royal couple are pictured coming down the steps of the iconic building to speak with fans waiting outside
Meghan and Harry appeared in high spirits as they greeted a sea of fans during their first official engagements of their Australian tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Meghan is seen shaking hands with one of thousands of royal fans at the Sydney Opera House
The Duke of Sussex shakes hands with one of the thousands of royal fans who flocked to the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday
The mother and father-to-be wave to thousands of royal fans who turned out in Sydney for day two of their Australian tour
The Duchess of Sussex is seen during a meet the people walk at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney on Tuesday
As well as thanking the Australian government for their support of this year’s Invictus Games, the Duke also thank the Cosgrove’s for their hospitality and hosting the couple at their ‘magnificent’ home. ‘We’re inviting all of our mates in Sydney to visit’, he joked.
Meet the OTHER Meghan and Harry! Duchess can’t hide her delight as she is introduced to ‘so, so sweet’ koalas
Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex meet Meghan and Harry the koalas
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were introduced to another Meghan and Harry today – the koala bears named after them in Sydney.
The pair were spotted cooing over koala bears at the Australian zoo, just hours after announcing they are expecting their first child.
Meghan appeared shocked to hear the baby koala was given her name, while there is another named after the prince, too.
The couple, who announced they are expecting their first baby hours earlier were invited to stroke two koalas and their joeys, named in their honour after the royal wedding in May.
The Duchess called the animals ‘so, so sweet’.
While the Duke appeared to be careful not to reveal the gender of their forthcoming child during his speech, he did have to stop and pause while referring to the baby. ‘We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the, er, upcoming… baby, whether it’s a boy or a girl, so thank you very much,’ he said.
He added: ‘It is great to be back in Australia. And especially even more so this is my wife’s first visit here, so I’m very excited to show her this incredible country of yours, perhaps not Kangaroo Flats military training area in Darwin though!’
After the short remarks the couple split up to meet some of the guests who had been reception. The Duchess walked alongside Lady Cosgrove and first met mathematician and TV personality Eddie Woo, 33, who immediately bonded with the royal after talking about his children.
‘Our kids are five, seven and 10 and it requires a lot of energy,’ he said. His wife Michelle, adding, ‘There’s no rest but it’s so rewarding.’ Meghan laughed, ‘We’re ready! We’re excited to join the club.’
Woo, a maths teacher who found fame on YouTube before appearing on a number of Australian TV shows, believes in teaching children about money from a young age, preparing them for life’s financial challenges. He has spoken publicly about raising ‘money smart’ kids.
Meghan also spoke with 2014 Australian of the Year winner Tim Conolan, who founded TLC For Kids — an organisation that supports all children in hospital, no matter the illness.
Upon hearing the charity has helped over 850,000 children since 1998, Meghan commented, ‘Wow. This is so important and it’s really incredible what you do.’
Conolan spoke about the charity’s expansion into New Zealand and said he would like to focus on the UK next. ‘I’d like to hear more about this,’ Meghan commented, before nodding her head when the former motivational speaker suggested they arrange a meeting.
In the third group, Meghan met singer-songwriter Missy Higgins and her partner Dan Lee, who recently welcomed their second child, daughter Luna. ‘You look incredible,’ Meghan remarked when Higgins, 35, revealed the sleeping newborn was just nine weeks old. ‘She’s so sweet, so cute. Look at her.’
Before moving on, the singer had one piece of advice for the expectant Duchess: ‘Cherish each moment because it goes by so fast. It really does.’
Other guests at the event included Richard Harris, a doctor and diver who helped in the Thai Cave rescue, indigenous fashion model Samatha Harris and Dean Della, the director for young people at The Prince’s Trust Australia.
Meghan and Harry enjoyed an entrancing performance by one of Australia’s top dance companies today.
Prince Harry is pictured posing for a photo with a member of the crowd during the royal walkabout in Sydney
The Duchess of Sussex (pictured on Tuesday) told one nine-year-old she looked like her when she was a little girl
Meghan is seen holding gifts she was handed as she and Prince Harry kicked off the Australian tour in Sydney on Tuesday
Hundreds of fans brandished signs with affectionate messages as the royal couple made their way through the crowd
The royal couple was instantly attracted to fan Sethunya (centre) when they spotted her ‘Girls can do anything’ T-shirt
Outside the city’s iconic Opera House on Tuesday afternoon, a sea of well-wishers gathered to congratulate the mother and father-to-be
The Duchess of Sussex is pictured greeting members of the public during a visit to the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have greeted thousands of adoring royal fans during day two of their historic Australian tour
Sethunya Gibbons (second from right) had two dreams come true when Prince Harry asked if she would like to be in a selfie with his wife Meghan
Inside Sydney’s iconic opera house, the couple entered a rehearsal for Bangarra Dance, Australia’s leading Aboroginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company.
‘Our first baby gift!’ Pregnant Meghan and Harry are presented with a toy kangaroo and Uggs
The Duchess of Sussex was also presented with a plush kangaroo and baby joey hours after the royal couple revealed they were expecting their first child
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been given uniquely Australian presents on their first royal tour of the country and the mother-to-be exclaimed: ‘Our first baby gift’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked delighted when handed them by Australia’s Governor-General at his Sydney residence on Tuesday morning.
The couple received a soft kangaroo and joey from his Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove.
’Our first baby gift!’ Meghan, who was wearing an ivory Karen Gee dress, said, while Harry was handed a pair of Ugg boots, which he described as ‘awesome’.
They were also each given an Akubra but the couple declined the chance to put on the wide-brimmed Australian-made hats, which were provided as a wedding gift.
They entered to the first performance ‘Black’ that portrays the ochre colour of the clay that the dancers would normally be painted in.
A group of male dancers performed a powerful dance where they were lifted on each other’s shoulders.
Harry really got into the performance: tapping his feet and nodding his head.
Another dance was ‘White’ with female dancers, again to symbolise the paint worn and connection to the Australian earth.
Meghan chatted to Bangarra’s Director Philippe Magid as he talked her through the scenes.
The final scene ‘The Call’ was about cleansing someone’s sorrow.
18 dancers belong to the company and they all chatted to Meghan and Harry after the performance.
Laura Hough, 41, executive administrator of Bangarra Dance:
‘We are the only dance company with this sort of background based on 65,000 years of history.
‘It was important for the Duke and Duchess to come and acknowledge the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders.
‘All of our dancers come from all over Australia but they are from Aboriginal and Torres Straits islander backgrounds
‘It’s very values driven, Aboriginal culture is all about respect, reciprocity and sustainable living.’
Chairman Michael McDaniel addressed the couple: ‘Stop for a moment and cast our mind to the original owners of this land.
‘We tell stories that enrich our nation and draw our tradition from 2000 generations.
‘We share that with the community and the world.
‘Bangarra Dance theatre is in its 29th year.
‘We strive to a more inclusive culture and one that has aboriginal culture at its heart.
‘I hope you’ve been moved, I know you’ve been moved from your comments and get a sense of the spirit.’
The couple then left the rehearsal space for their walkabout outside the Opera House.
Heidi Carfax-Foster, 44, who was there with her children Layla, 13, Indiah, 10 and Archie, 8, was one of the first to talk to the couple on their walkabout. ‘They were very eager to chat,’ she said.
‘I said to him, ‘Congratulations, mate.’ He looked absolutely chuffed. He said ‘Thank you very much.’
Archie gave them a drawing he had made of Harry and Meghan. ‘She said, ‘That’s so beautiful. You made a drawing of us.’ She said, ‘Harry, look at this drawing!’
James Campton, 16, who was one of several teenagers in the crowd who had skipped school to see them, was so overcome on meeting the couple that he broke down in tears.
‘She said, ‘What’s your name?’ I said ‘I’m James.’ And I just cried in front of her. They were so beautiful. I shook both their hands.
‘You don’t get this once in a million years. I skipped school for the day – and I met Harry and Meghan! It’s absolutely awesome. They are just so amazing – that’s why I am overcome with emotion.’
Abbey van Vuuren, 37, was there with her children Madeline, six, and Poppy, four, who gave Harry and Meghan Possum Magic, a book which their mother used to read to them when they were very small. ‘She said, ‘This is the first book we’ve been given for the baby.’
Another group of 15-year-old schoolgirls skipped school for the day – and even made a poster to proclaim the fact. Emerson Yee, who held up a poster saying ‘I gave up perfect school attendance to see you’, said: ‘They both said they liked my poster – but they told me not to miss school again!’
Her friend Lulu Hogan said: ‘Meghan was the sweetest human being!’
They were joined by their friend Tara Keogh, who had a poster saying ‘Congrats on baby Sussex’ and suggesting they called it Tara.
‘I got a bit overwhelmed,’ she said. ‘I started crying.
‘She looked at my poster and I said my name suggestion was Tara. She said, ‘I will keep it in mind.’ She was so kind. She was really genuine.’
After a wet and windy start to their time in Sydney the sun was shining for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first public walkabout since they revealed a royal baby is on the way.
Around two thousand people packed into the promenade outside the world famous Sydney Opera House as royal well wishers flocked gathered keen to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.
Shortly before 1pm Harry and Meghan spent more than their scheduled 20 minutes meeting and greeting the incredibly excited locals as royal baby fever seemed to have already reached fever pitch in the city.
But their attention was dedicated to one special fan who has stolen a kiss from Prince Harry on more than one occasion.
Daphne Dunne, 98, has been dubbed Prince Harry’s ‘favourite Aussie’ with the Duke of Sussex stopping to have lengthy chats with her during both his 2015 and 2017 trips to Australia.
The royals climbed aboard a water transfer – Admiral Hudson flying the White ensign of the Royal Australian Navy – after the visit to Taronga Zoo for a 20 minute crossing of the harbour to the Sydney Opera house
After their zoo visit, the couple strolled down a walkway towards Sydney Harbour to take a boat towards from the Man O’War Steps, the landing point for British and Australian fleets for 150 years
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out in Australia today for the first day of engagements during their tour – which coincided with Meghan announcing she was pregnant. Meghan was seen wearing Diana’s butterfly earrings and bracelet as she and Harry made their way down to the Man O’War steps to take a boat across Sydney Harbour
Meghan and Harry chat as they watch the modern dance inside the Sydney Opera House on the first full day of their Aussie tour
The royal couple watched a rehearsal at the Sydney Opera House of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an internationally acclaimed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company
Bangarra tour their dance shows across Australia and have also performed in London and New York
After spotting her in the crowd the Duke, 34, ran over and knelt down to her as she sat in her wheelchair before giving her a huge tender hug.
‘He couldn’t be happier’: Prince Harry is an ’emotional wreck but in a good way’
Overjoyed: Meghan arriving in Sydney yesterday ahead of the news of her pregnancy announced today
Prince Harry is ‘happier than he has ever been’ as he and Meghan prepare to become parents next spring.
He has been an ‘emotional wreck – but in a good way!’ since discovering the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant, one source said last night.
‘It is something he has wanted for a long time and he couldn’t be happier. He is so protective of her,’ the source added.
The news was announced by Kensington Palace after the smiling couple arrived in Sydney for the start of a gruelling 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
They insisted on going ahead with the trip in spite of Foreign Office advice to pregnant women about the risk of the Zika virus.
There is no vaccination to prevent infection by the virus, which causes foetuses to develop severe deformities, but the couple will still travel to Fiji and Tonga next week.
Meghan, 37, is understood to have just had her 12-week scan. It means she is already in her second trimester, when the risk of miscarriage is deemed to lessen considerably.
The couple excitedly told the rest of the Royal Family last Friday when they saw them at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
It sets the seal on a whirlwind year for Harry, 34, who has made no secret of his desire to start a family.
After Harry popped the question at the end of last year, they married in May and just two months later, toward the end of July, conceived their first child.
In the middle of that month, they were on a ‘mini-moon’ royal tour to Dublin, their first trip together as a married couple.
And on August 4, they were partying at the wedding of Harry’s best friend Charlie Van Straubenzee.
As they clasped hands Harry, 34, said: ‘I was looking for you earlier and hoped you’d be here, it’s so good to see you again.’
Harry immediately looked round his shoulder and scanned the crowd for his wife, keen to introduce her to his special fan.
Soon enough, the Duchess – who had been warmly greeted by hundreds of well wishers congratulating the couple on her pregnancy – approached Ms Dunne, knelt down and hugged her.
War widow Daphne’s first husband, Lieutenant Albert Chowne, died aged 25 in 1945 during an attack on a Japanese machine gun post in Papua New Guinea.
He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross which Mrs Dunne was wearing when she first met Prince Harry.
Meghan said: ‘I’m so glad I got to meet you. Harry has told me all about you and your special bond, it’s so lovely you came to see us, thank you.’
Daphne said: ‘It was lovely to meet the Duchess Meghan. Harry is a wonderful man and I’m so happy he had found happiness, they both deserved the absolute world together.’
Asked if this time was the most special meeting her hero Harry, Daphne said: ‘We’ll it was certainly different. He’s married now for a start and he looks very happy. I am over the moon for him. She is a wonderful girl.
‘I congratulated them on their baby and said I wished them all the happiness they deserve.’
Before leaving, Meghan told her: ‘Hopefully next time we’ll have our little one with us.’ Other editable locals included sisters Hannah and Francesca Francis, 12 and 10, said they were ‘super excited’ to meet the Royal couple outside the Opera House.
The schoolgirls said they had waited for three hours to just catch a glimpse of the royal couple and ‘couldn’t believe it’ when the royal couple came over to speak to them.
Hannah said: ‘I told my sister we would see Meghan today but I couldn’t believe it when she came over to speak to us.
‘She was so nice and friendly and she is so pretty. She was so nice to us and said thank you for coming down to meet her.’
Francesca said: ‘We were both super excited to meet Harry and Meghan I just can’t believe we did.
‘Our friends are going on be so jealous, we’re going to be taking about this forever.’
Britain’s Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are seen meeting Ruby a mother Koala who gave birth to koala joey Meghan, named after Her Royal Highness
Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex announced on Monday morning they are expecting their first child
Britain’s Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex met the tiny bears named after them when they married in May
Up close and personal: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted stroking the bears at the Taronga Zoo
The Duke spoke of the importance of zoos, telling donors, zoo staff and 20 volunteers aged 13-19 from Youth at the Zoo programme: ‘Zoos in the 21st century, they have to modernise with everything else that’s going on around them
The ten-month old joeys were wedding gifts from the people of NSW for the couple, who got married in May – and just announced they were expecting their own baby
Meghan, showing just a hint of a baby bump, cooed at the koalas before stroking them, saying: ‘Sweet, cute’ as keeper Suzie MacNamara explained how the animals are threatened in the wild
In front of hundreds of Taronga staff, donors, young volunteers and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (second from left), Meghan used golden scissors to cut a line of green tape to open the centre
After the short tour, the Duke and Duchess went to unveil a plaque commentating the opening of a research centre
The couple was presented with a koala toy for their new baby – a hastily arranged surprise for the couple after the news of their pregnancy yesterday
Prince Harry – who has previously met koalas – was a tad more irreverent during the meeting
The then walked to the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning holding hands, inspecting quokkas and wallabies before heading into the koala enclosure
Which countries are Harry and Meghan visiting during whirlwind three-week tour of Australasia?
Tuesday, October 16: Sydney, Australia – The first day of the tour began and ended at Admiralty House after a visit to the zoo and Sydney Opera House.
Wednesday, October 17: Dubbo, Australia – The couple will fly to Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west to meet drought affected farmers, followed by a visit to a local school and a community BBQ.
Thursday, October 18: Melbourne, Australia – Harry and Meghan will fly to the southern city, visiting Government House and social enterprise café. The Duke and Duchess will travel on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach
Friday, October 19: Sydney, Australia – Harry and Meghan will visit Bondi Beach. Later the Duke will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag.
Saturday, October 20: Sydney, Australia - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. In the evening, Harry and Meghan will attend a reception at the Opera House.
Sunday, October 21: Sydney, Australia - Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will watch some Invictus Games events, including cycling and sailing.
Monday October 22: Fraser Island, Australia - Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Queensland’s Fraser Island.
Tuesday, October 23: Suva, Fiji - Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport, before calling on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House followed by a State Dinner.
Wednesday, October 24: Suva, Fiji - His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial, and meet a number of Fijian war veterans. The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence and to Suva Market.
Thursday, October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga - The Duke and Duchess will travel to the city of Nadi and unveil a new statue. Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga
Friday, October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess will visit the St George Building for meet the Prime Minister and will travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before departing for Sydney, where they will attend the the Australian Geographic Society Awards
Saturday, October 27: Sydney, Australia - Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals of the Invictus Games, before attending the Closing Ceremony
Sunday, October 28: Wellington, New Zealand – The pair will attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House
Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand – The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand and will travel to Abel Tasman National Park
Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand - Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will then join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand. Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand - The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua. Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Later that afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there
Thursday, November 1: Their Royal Highnesses will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been introduced to their koala namesakes and a ‘stud’ of a short-legged echidna, as they admired the ‘so cute’ wildlife of Taronga Zoo.
The couple, who announced they are expecting their first baby yesterday, were invited to stroke two koalas and their joeys, who were named Harry and Meghan in honour of the royal wedding in May.
The Duchess called the animals ‘so, so sweet’, shyly touching a koala named Ruby who sat sleepily on a lower branch in the small, open enclosure.
The Duke was more forthcoming, reaching to pet the koala with the encouragement of keepers, and admiring their healthy coats and quizzing keeper Suzie MacNamara about their diet and sleeping habits.
The couple were also shown wallabies and quokkas in their enclosures, leaning on the zoo’s low fences to admire them and watch them being fed.
Accompanied by the premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian, they spent around five minutes with the koalas, Ruby and Wattle, whose joeys were named Meghan and Harry as a wedding gift from the people of the region.
In a private moment away from the cameras, they couple were also given a stuffed toy version of the animal in celebration of their baby news.
In a research laboratory at the zoo, they were also introduced to Lynx, a short-legged echidna being studied
Dr Phoebe Meagher, research and pathology coordinator, told the couple that the animal is the ‘star’ of their recent project, which helps tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
Showing them the ID tags, Michelle Shaw, wildlife nutritionist, said he is a breeding male, joking: ‘He’s kind of a stud, he’s had two babies.’
The Duke seemed concerned about the animal’s wellbeing in a room full of cameras, asking of its nose: ‘The snot, is that a good thing or stress?’
‘It’s ok, he’s drooling out of excitement,’ the scientists told him. ‘And he’s just been fed.’
After being invited to pet the echidna, the Duchess tentatively stroked its spines, which are used to track the animals and monitor their diet.
The scientific research will allow those tackling the illegal wildlife trade to better pinpoint where animals are coming from.
‘Oh well done,’ said the Duchess, hearing about the research of the four female scientists. ‘Congratulations, that’s really impressive.’
After the short tour, the Duke and Duchess went to unveil a plaque commentating the opening of a research centre.
The Duchess of Sussex told koala keeper Suzie, who have her a toy one today, that she would put the cuddly toy ‘in the nursery’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to the water to see spectacular Sydney by boat.
Prince Harry and Meghan climbed aboard a water transfer – Admiral Hudson flying the White ensign of the Royal Australian Navy – after the visit to Taronga Zoo for a 20 minute crossing of the harbour to the Sydney Opera house.
The royal couple – wearing sun glasses on a glorious sunny day – disembarked at Man O’War Steps, the landing point for British and Australian fleets for 150 years.
Several police patrol boats with armed police on board patrolled the harbour as the royal pair took in the views of the city from their vessel.
At the Opera House thousands of royal fans waited for the couple to carry out their first walkabout.
The Duke and Duchess were presented with traditional flowers and platypus pins as they opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning.
As Finley Blue, four, and Sasha Gallagher, six, presented the bouquets to Meghan, Harry joked ‘Oh, you’re giving them both to her.’
The Duchess seemed very taken by the cuddly furballs and listened intently before asking if she could stroke them
After being invited to pet the echidna, the Duchess tentatively stroked its spines, which are used to track the animals and monitor their diet
The scientific research will allow those tackling the illegal wildlife trade to better pinpoint where animals are coming from
The Duke spoke of the importance of zoos, telling donors, zoo staff and 20 volunteers aged 13-19 from Youth at the Zoo programme: ‘Zoos in the 21st century, they have to modernise with everything else that’s going on around them.
‘Taronga Zoo seems to be leading the way. Zoos across the world, those that are still going, who have still got the funding, have got a lot to learn from a place like this.’
Before the ribbon cutting, Meghan appeared to realise she was still holding her coat and moved towards an aide to take it as a member of the crowd shouted ‘I’ll look after it!’
As Cameron Kerr, director of the Taronga Conservation Socety, gave the couple the platypus pins, which are the logo of the zoo, he spoke of how zoologists originally thought the mammal was ‘a joke’ when it was first brought to the UK.
He said: ‘When the first people from England came to Australia and sent one back to a British museum, they rejected it and said they are making fun of us. They’ve sown a couple of different animals together.’
The couple were formally welcomed to Australia by his Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, on the lawns of the historic building, which offers spectacular views across Sydney Harbour
Meghan and Harry who married in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in May of this year were hand in hand when they met with Australia’s Governor General Peter Cosgrove and wife Lynne Cosgrove at Admiralty House
Pregnant Meghan took in the views of the Sydney Opera House just hours after arriving in the country, while the news broke at home she and Prince Harry will be parents in the European spring of 2019
Meghan was reportedly wearing Australian designer Karen Gee’s ‘blessed dress’ on the first day of the tour with her husband
The Duchess of Sussex appeared to be enjoying the beginning of the overseas tour with her husband who she wed in May as she laughed and joked with him on the lawn
Among the places on the couple’s itinerary in the coming days are Fiji, Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Abel Tasman
Meghan looked resplendent in a figure-hugging white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, while Harry opted for a smart navy suit and skinny tie
Earlier, Meghan and Harry were at Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, where they are staying for the first few days of their marathon 16-day Commonwealth trip
Admiralty House – where Meghan and Harry are pictured today - is located in the suburb of Kirribilli, on the northern foreshore of Sydney Harbour and enjoys spectacular views over the world famous shoreline
Meghan and Harry had a meeting with the Governor Sir Peter Crosgrove and his wife Lynn, Lady Crosgrove during their first engagement of the day.
They gave them a toy kangeroo and its Joey. Meghan exclaimed: ‘Our first baby gift!
They were also given a pair of baby Uggs which Harry said were ‘awesome’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex couldn’t hide their delight as they stepped out on the first official engagement of their tour to Australia this morning – hours after revealing their joyous baby news.
The mother and father-to be were at Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, where they are staying for the first few days of their marathon 16-day Commonwealth trip.
The couple were formally welcomed to Australia by his Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, on the lawns of the historic building, which offers spectacular views across Sydney Harbour.
The couple were given presents of a kangaroo and her joey – ‘our first baby gift!’ Meghan exclaimed.
And Harry coed over a tiny pair of Ugg boots. ‘These are awesome,’ he said.
Also present were flag-bearing representatives from each of the eighteen countries who are participating in the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, Harry’s inspirational competition for injured service personnel which he will formally open at the weekend.
The Duke and Duchess joined in on an official group photograph before an ‘official call’ with the Governor General and Lady Cosgrove, whom they met when they arrived from London the previous day.
Several congratulated the couple on their happy news, ‘Thank you so much,’ said Meghan. ‘We are very excited.’
The dignitaries also presented Harry and Meghan with the Akubras – traditional wide-brimmed Australian hates – gifted to them on the occasion of their wedding in May.
Admiralty House is the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, the Queen’s official representative in the country of which she is still head of state.
It is located in the suburb of Kirribilli, on the northern foreshore of Sydney Harbour.
The couple met Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove. They gave the couple a toy Kangaroo and its Joey, to which Meghan exclaimed: ‘Our first baby gift!’ Harry also looked delighted with a pair of baby Uggs, which were originally worn by surfers when they emerged from the s
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