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The Royal Family Has Never Looked This Happy Before

Stodgy? Stoic? Serious?

More like... playful! Fun-loving! And totally adorable!

In a pair of candid new photos, the most prominent members of Great Britain's Royal Family aim to put to rest all rumors of them as very serious and even unusually cold and distant.

See what we mean right here:

The Royal Gang is Here!

This picture and the one we've also shared down below were snapped in the gardens of Clarence House by photographer Chris Jackson.

They were released in honor of Prince Charles‘ 70th birthday on Wednesday and they include pretty much everyone:

Charles, Duchess Camilla and grandkids Prince George and Princess Charlotte are on a wooden bench, comfortable and cozy.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle are standing behind them sharing a big hearty laugh... while Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton - who is cradling Prince Louis - are grinning at their side.

This really could be any family on any important occasion, couldn't it?

We've never seen this well-known group looking so candid and relaxed before.

Happy Royal Family

Wrote Jackson as a message along with the images:

“I’ve travelled all over the world photographing the Prince of Wales for the last 15 years from Durbars in Nigeria to the Galapagos Islands, Pakistan, Japan and many more as well as covering numerous domestic Royal Engagements so I was delighted to have been asked to take these official portraits of The Prince surrounded by his family to celebrate the important milestone of his 70th Birthday.

"It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House.”

Amidst rumors that Markle is a diva and there's division within the Royal Ranks, these photographs could not have come out at a better time.

Charles turning 70 years old has placed the once-controversial prince (the dude cheated on Princess Diana!) squarely in the spotlight for the first time in years.

There's a new documentary coming out about him and a recent screen grab from the program gave us a rare glimpse at the youngest member of his family.

Hello there, Prince Louis!

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The Duke of Wales tries to spend as much time as he can with his grandchildren, with his wife saying in the aforementioned documentary of Charles and the young ones around him:

"He will get down on his knees and crawl about with them for hours, you know making funny noises and laughing and my grandchildren adore him, absolutely adore him.

"He reads Harry Potter and he can do all the different voices and I think children really appreciate that."

William has also said his father is "brilliant" with George, and you can kind of see how close the two are in the first two photos featured here.

It's the Parents-to-Be!

Of late, of course, all attention has turned from Kate and William's kids to the growing tiny person inside of Markle.

She is pregnant, in case you haven't had an Internet connection or access to a television in many weeks.

Although she and Prince Harry have not yet revealed Markle's due date, it is widely believed that she's expected to give birth in early May.

She may even welcome her son or daughter on May 2, which is Princess Charlotte's birthday, which would just be so darn cute all around. 

We'll keep fans posted.

In the meantime, how about these glorious Royal Photos, huh?

Never thought we'd see the day where these famous and important folks looked so... normal, you know?

Meghan Markle: Driving Royal Staffers to Quit with Her Diva Demands?

While rumors say that Kate Middleton resents Meghan Markle stealing her spotlight, it turns out that Meghan has gotten on the last nerve of others in the Palace.

Meghan and Harry lost three of their employees in a very short time.

A report says that Meghan may be causing this "stampede" with her insistence on following her own path instead of royal protocol.

Meghan Markle Unhappy

According to a report by the Sunday Express, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's household has lost yet another staffer.

Samantha Cohen was the couple's private secretary.

She has now departed from the post.

She was preceded in that job by Edward Lane Fox, who also left that position by his own choice.

And on Saturday, someone walked out who worked even more closely with Meghan.

Meghan Markle Remembers

Meghan Markle's personal assistant was known only by "Melissa."

Melissa has spent the past six months at Kensington Palace with Meghan.

Among her duties was having a very direct role in key elements of preparing for the Royal Wedding in May of this year. 

Well, Melissa has now reportedly resigned.

Some have interpreted the loss of three members of the Royal couple's staff as a sign that something is wrong.

The Prince, The Duchess

According to how a source characterized matters to the Sunday Express, this is very unusual.

"To lose one member of the household could happen to anyone," the insider admits.

Two is happenstance. But three?

"To lose three in a few months is starting to look like a stampede," the source says.

Maybe that is a little dramatic, but that does seem like a lot of turnaround for one couple's household, right?

So ... what's sending these staffers running for the hills?

Meghan Markle is Pregnant

Allegedly, Meghan Markle's independent attitude is driving away the household staff.

As an actress, Meghan was a public figure long before she began dating Prince Harry.

And, like most humans, she has a personal sense of style.

She remains dedicated to that style even as a duchess, and is resistant to certain Royal traditions that would dictate how she should dress.

Meghan wants to dress like herself.

She doesn't feel a need to be dressed in outfits that are virtually identical to those worn by Duchess Kate.

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We are meant to believe that Meghan's sense of autonomy is viewed as "tiresome" by household staffers.

In June, Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder blush colored Caroline Herrera gown to attend the Trooping of the Colour event.

(Gosh, Britain has goofy names for things)

She has also worn purses whose straps cross the body rather than a simple clutch.

Additionally, Meghan didn't wear pantyhose for the engagement announcement.

All of that is beautiful and even stylish, but flies in the face of stuffy Royal traditions.

Meghan Markle: Pregnant in Red

We're not sure what to make of these reports.

Meghan seems to be a genuinely likeable person.

The narrative that she's "difficult" and resistant to conforming to expectations is tempting, because she's an American, but that doesn't mean that it's true.

And it's difficult to imagine that Meghan and Harry's secretaries are so personally offended that Meghan's formal attire isn't boring enough that they quit.

There can be real drama surrounding the Royal Family.

But that doesn't mean that every story has a scandal just beneath the surface.

Sometimes, people just quit.

Watch Meghan Markle React to Fans Chanting Her Name During Last Meet and Greet of the Royal Tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are greeting as many fans as they can before heading home!

During the final day of their royal tour, the couple went on their last public walkabout in Rotorua, New Zealand, where they were greeted by many fans.

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During the walkabout, the crowd began to chant Meghan’s name, and she excitedly turned around to say hello to a group of young girls who made a giant poster for the couple in a video posted by the Instagram fan account, @MrsKateCambridge.

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Meghan, who wore a blue sweater and matching multi-colored pleated skirt from Givenchy, also took time to greet one of her littlest fans in the crowd, an adorable young girl who held out her hands to the duchess.

“Walkabouts,” as the royal meet and greets are commonly referred to, have provided some of Meghan and Harry’s most candid moments of the royal tour. Shortly after arriving to New Zealand, Meghan comforted a sobbing teenage fan by holding her hands.

One young royal fan who was wearing a shirt that read “Girls Can Do Anything” caught Harry’s eye in Sydney — so much that he just had to call his wife over to meet her.

“We feel she looks a bit like you,” a person in the crowd is heard telling Meghan in a video posted by Harry Meghan Updates on Instagram.

The Duchess of Sussex replied, “I was literally about to say the same thing!”

Harry then took a fan’s phone to snap a photo of Meghan with her mini-me —  a rare move for the prince, who usually adheres to the royal protocol of no autographs or selfies.

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”Girls can do anything“ that’s correct. Prince Harry is such a nice Person! Unforgettable moment for a sweet little girl! 🇦🇺

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Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, kicked off the final day of their royal tour with a formal pōwhiri and luncheon before naming two kiwi chicks.

They’ll wrap things up with a visit to the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua, a long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees.

Prince Harry Broke the Royals’ No Selfie Rule to Comfort a Young Fan Who Lost His Mother

Prince Harry showed a young boy in New Zealand that he’s not alone.

While greeting fans at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Tuesday with Meghan Markle, Harry made a stop to talk to 6-year-old Otia Nante, whose grandmother told Harry that Otio had also lost his mother, according to News.com.au.

Harry comforted the child, telling him, “Life will always be alright. You know that? I’ve made it to 34 years old, and life is great. I have a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. Your life is going to be sorted. Don’t you worry about that.”

Although the Duke of Sussex normally adheres to the royal family’s rule to avoid selfies or signing autographs, Harry posed with Otia for a quick snap, which was shared by the Instagram fan account, Harry_Meghan_Updates.


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Prince Harry was only 12 when he tragically lost his mother Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris.

In a 2016 documentary for ITV focused on his charity work in Lesotho, Africa, the royal admitted that he spent a long time suppressing his feelings about his mother’s death.

“I never really dealt with what had happened. It was a lot of buried emotion,” Harry said. “For a huge part of my life I didn’t really want to think about it.”

He continued, “I now view life very differently from what it used to be. I used to bury my head in the sand, and let everything around you tear you to pieces.”

Prince Harry has found meaning — and a way to carry on his mother’s legacy — in his charity work. In May 2016, he spoke with PEOPLE about his ongoing charity work, saying, “all I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud.”

Meghan, 37, has also found ways to honor the mother-in-law she never got to meet during their royal tour. She wore a pair of butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet that also belonged to Diana on the first day of their tour in Sydney. In Tonga, Harry’s wife wore Diana’s aquamarine ring, which made its debut on Meghan as the couple headed to their wedding’s evening reception.

In addition, the Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring is made up of three diamonds, with one large stone in the center flanked by two smaller stones on the sides. The two side stones are from his late mother, Princess Diana’s personal collection, while the center stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to Harry’s heart.

“I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness is – and the inclusion of that and obviously not being able to meet his mom it’s so important to me to – to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Meghan said during the couple’s engagement interview.

Meghan Markle Cradles Baby Bump as She Meets Members of the Public with Prince Harry in Auckland

The weather finally cleared up for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they greeted fans in Auckland, New Zealand.

After a busy day that included dedicating an area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, participating in “welly wanging” contest with local children and visiting a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison, the royal couple met members of the public.

As they interacted with fans, the royal parents-to-be received several gifts from the crowd including an All Blacks — the country’s football team — onesie, a tui bird soft toy and even a rain boot, or a Wellington as locals call the footwear, stuffed with roses.

Meghan, 37, stepped out in a beige Brandon Maxwell dress with matching Stuart Weitzman pumps and a beige Burberry Bishop trench coat.

The dress clung to her baby bump which she cradled as she walked along with Harry, 34,  by her side. For their meet and greet, the prince wore a navy suit with a white button-down shirt underneath.

The duo made sure to talk to as many royal fans as possible — especially the younger members of the crowd.

Meghan invited a little girl through the crowd control fence and was rewarded with a sweet stuffed toy of a native tui bird.

Harry was particularly enamored with a little baby and reached out and gave the child what appeared to be a little tickle.

“Walkabouts,” as the royal meet and greets are commonly referred to, have provided some of Meghan and Harry’s most candid moments of the royal tour. Shortly after arriving to New Zealand, Meghan comforted a sobbing teenage fan by holding her hands.

One young royal fan who was wearing a shirt that read “Girls Can Do Anything” caught Harry’s eye in Sydney — so much that he just had to call his wife over to meet her.

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“We feel she looks a bit like you,” a person in the crowd is heard telling Meghan in a video posted by Harry Meghan Updates on Instagram.

The Duchess of Sussex replied, “I was literally about to say the same thing!”

Harry then took a fan’s phone to snap a photo of Meghan with her mini-me —  a rare move for the prince, who usually adheres to the royal protocol of no autographs or selfies.

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”Girls can do anything“ that’s correct. Prince Harry is such a nice Person! Unforgettable moment for a sweet little girl! 🇦🇺

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Earlier in the day, the royal couple bonded with local children from the environmental education group, “Trees of Survival,” and joined the kids for a “welly wanging” contest.

The objective of the game was to throw a Wellington boot — which New Zealanders refer to as “Wellies” — as far as possible. (Wellingtons are equivalent to what Americans call rainboots, Bean Boots, or duck boots.)

The children cheered as Meghan showed off her strength and won the competition, throwing her red-and-white polka-dotted boot approximately a meter away from Harry’s blue boot. For the win, the Duchess was rewarded with a rainboot-shaped trophy.

Adding to the couple’s growing list of baby gifts, Meghan and Harry were also given a small pair of green and white boots for their newest family member.

Later on in the day, the Royals joined New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland for a visit to Pillars, a charity that supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring programs.

Meghan and Harry already had a special connection to the charity: as a wedding present to the couple, the government of New Zealand gifted $5,000 to Pillars. During Tuesday’s visit, they met some of the children who directly benefited from the funding. 

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The royal couple started their whirlwind 16-day tour Down Under in Sydney, with a number of day trips to other areas of the country, and kicked off the 2018 Invictus Games before spending a few days in Fiji and Tonga.

They returned to Sydney for the end of the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand to wrap their tour.

Meghan and Harry will wrap up their busy day at a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Did the Sweetest Thing for Their Littlest Fans

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry haven’t forgotten the little people.

They royal couple, who are completing the last day of their epic tour Down Under, made sure to provide a sweet treat for young fans on Monday (local time).

Visiting the Maranui Café in Wellington, New Zealand, the expectant parents met youngsters from a number of mental health projects in New Zealand offering support through helplines, social media, web sites and school programs.

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When the visit concluded, Harry and Meghan (dressed down in Outland jeans, a Jac and Jack top and h a Club Monaco coat) made sure to look after their youngest fans waiting outside — they sent pastries from the café to the crowd, reports Emily Andrews of The Sun.

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After the café stop, the couple headed to Abel Tasman National Park on the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island for a conservation-focused visit.

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The royal couple started their whirlwind 16-day tour Down Under in Sydney, with a number of day trips to other areas of the country, and kicked off the 2018 Invictus Games before spending a few days in Fiji and Tonga. They returned to Sydney for the end of the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand to wrap their tour.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Receive Last Nose Rubs of Their Down Under Tour!

It’s hongi time!

After their arrival at the airport, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wasted no time in immersing themselves in the New Zealand culture.

The royal parents-to-be attended a traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House, the residence of the Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy.

Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were invited to perform the hongi, a traditional Māori greeting which includes two people pressing their nose and foreheads together, before the pōwhiri which includes a haka, performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute and was attended by schoolchildren.

During the ceremony, the prince was invited to pick up a dagger after a challenge by three warriors. As a sign of acceptance, the chief warrior hit his thigh and signaled for Harry and Meghan to step forward, according to a royal reporter at the scene.

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Meghan was able to practice her hongi before traveling to New Zealand last month when she attended the opening of a Pacific art exhibit.

Artist Sarah Hudson said, “We thought it might be a nice bit of practice before she comes to the Pacific next month and it’s nice to be able to practice something that’s customary for us. She’s honoring our heritage.”

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It was not, however, Meghan’s first hongi. That came in April this year when she and Harry attended a dawn service on Anzac Day in London.

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Meanwhile, Harry and other members of the royal family have become masters of the intimate greeting over the years. The father-to-be performed a hongi when he arrived in New Zealand back in 2015.

His sister-in-law Kate Middleton mastered the traditional greeting during her three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014, her and William’s first official trip overseas with Prince George.

Prince William is also familiar with the greeting. Here he is receiving a hongi during a visit to Kapiti Island in 2010.

See Meghan Markle’s Super Fast Wardrobe Change for Final Touchdown in New Zealand!

Kia Ora, New Zealand!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived in Wellington after a three-hour flight from Sydney, Australia, to kick off the final leg of their 16-day tour.

The royal couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, traveled with Invictus Games competitors from New Zealand and were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern.

Together, they congratulated the New Zealand athletes’ achievements at the Invictus Games and posed for a group photograph.

The duo will travel to the Government House shortly where they’ll be invited to hongi — a traditional Māori greeting in which people press their noses together — with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders).

Meghan, 37, sported a different outfit from the burgundy Hugo Boss dress she wore when she left Australia. The mother-to-be wore a black ASOS maternity dress, brown Karen Walker trench coat and black Sarah Flint heels, according to Meghans Mirror. Harry, 34, wore a black suit, white button-down shirt and a black tie.

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Meghan is quickly mastering the art of the plane change. The Duchess of Sussex arrived at the airport in Hervey Bay, Australia, in a casual travel-ready outfit earlier this week — but had transformed from easygoing to elegant by the time the royal couple touched down in Suva, Fiji.

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Instead of her button-down shirt and black pants, Meghan stepped out of the plane wearing a white long-sleeved dress by Australian brand Zimmermann paired with a matching fascinator by Stephen Jones, completing the look with a black Kaya Anna clutch and black slingback heels by Tabitha Simmons. Her hair, which she wore in a low bun to board the plane, was worn straight and sleek.

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Meghan pulled the move again while bouncing from Fiji to Tonga. The former actress, who had started her day in a green short-sleeved shift dress by Jason Wu, stuck with jewel tones but changed into a red long-sleeved dress by Self-Portrait which featuring embroidered floral embellishment and was in the same hue as the Tongan flag. The mom-to-be also added black heels and a black clutch to complete the look.

The royal couple started their whirlwind 16-day tour Down Under in Sydney, with a number of day trips to other areas of the country, and kicked off the 2018 Invictus Games before spending a few days in Fiji and Tonga. They returned to Sydney for the end of the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand to wrap their tour.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Depart Sydney for New Zealand for the Last Leg of the Royal Tour

Hooroo, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry!

After a busy closing ceremony at the Invictus Games in Sydney, the royal parents-to-be bid farewell to Australia from Sydney Airport on Sunday (local time) to head to the final stop of their royal tour: New Zealand.

The pair were accompanied by Invictus Games athletes from New Zealand for the three-hour plane ride to Wellington. Before boarding their plane, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said farewell to Australian dignitaries.

The mother-to-be, 37, wore a burgundy Hugo Boss dress while her husband, 34, wore a black suit. The duo waved goodbye to locals as they prepared for the final stretch of their tour.

Meghan carried her Cuyana bag and wore her Aquazzura Casablanca pumps in peach suede, which she wore on Friday night, according to Meghans Mirror.

When the duo touches down, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will greet the couple.

Upon arriving in New Zealand, the couple will receive a Ceremony of Welcome and lay a wreath at the Pukeahu National War Memorial before meeting with Ardern.

Harry and Meghan gave emotional speeches during the Invictus Games closing ceremony, in which Harry spoke candidly about his experience with mental health in front of thousands that were gathered. (Harry, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, founded the Paralympics-style competition four years ago to honor veterans and wounded service members around the world.)

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“In a world where negativity is given too much of a platform, our Invictus competitors — many of whom have been given a second chance at life — are achieving extraordinary things,” he said.

“They get called heroes. They’re tagged as legends. They’re referred to as super-humans. Now, of course, all those things are true! Right? Well, I believe, that the real power of their example is that they are not superheroes. Sorry to break it to you guys!” he joked.

“What they are achieving isn’t impossible nor is it magical,” Harry continued. “You have seen it happen before your very eyes because these competitors have made it happen. They are men and women who have confronted a challenge and overcome it. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things…  That is something we can all aspire to.”

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Meghan shared a similar message with attendees in her surprise speech, in addition to expressing her awe about her husband’s efforts to create an inspiring event.

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She also recounted how moved she was by one veteran who excitedly gave Harry and her a hug last week.

“The Novak family from Chicago is a prime example of this very thing,” Meghan said. “When their son Ryan suffered a severe injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, doctors said he would never be able to walk again. But after speaking to his mom, Karri, it was clear that it was through Ryan’s strength of spirit, and with the unwavering support of his parents, that he was able to prove all of those doctors wrong.”

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Meghan continued: “Not only has Ryan competed in sailing, swimming and athletics this week, but when Harry and I saw him at the finish line of the sailing competition, he literally jumped into our boat — with dexterity and ease, by the way — to give both of us a hug.”

This is the couple’s first joint visit to New Zealand while Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, has made 10 visits to the country — the first of which came during her Commonwealth Tour in 1953 to 1954.

The royal couple started their whirlwind 16-day tour Down Under in Sydney, with a number of day trips to other areas of the country, and kicked off the 2018 Invictus Games before spending a few days in Fiji and Tonga.

Prince Harry Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles in Invictus Games Speech: ‘I’ve Been There’

As someone who experienced deep grief at a young age, Prince Harry knows about the importance of mental health.

The Duke of Sussex, 34, spoke candidly about his experience to a crowd of thousands gathered at the Invictus Games’ closing ceremony on Saturday in Sydney, Australia. Harry, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, founded the Paralympics-style competition four years ago to honor veterans and wounded service members around the world.

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The dad-to-be started his speech by commending the athletes for their “example of determination, of optimism, of strength, honor and friendship, or as the Aussies call it, mateship,” describing it as “a core value that has the power to inspire.”

He then emphasized what their stories mean to people who’ve never gone to battle but may be fighting their own intense struggles.

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“In a world where negativity is given too much of a platform, our Invictus competitors — many of whom have been given a second chance at life — are achieving extraordinary things,” he said.

“They get called heroes. They’re tagged as legends. They’re referred to as super-humans. Now, of course, all those things are true! Right? Well, I believe, that the real power of their example is that they are not superheroes. Sorry to break it to you guys!” he joked.

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“What they are achieving isn’t impossible nor is it magical,” Harry continued. “You have seen it happen before your very eyes because these competitors have made it happen. They are men and women who have confronted a challenge and overcome it. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things…  That is something we can all aspire to.”

Then the prince started to get emotional.

“Nowhere is that truer than in the area of mental health,” he insisted. “By simply being here and fighting back from some of the darkest experiences known to anyone, you have become role models for everyone at home or in the stands who might be struggling with their emotions or with a mental illness… You are showing it’s okay not to be okay. And most importantly, you are showing us all that it’s okay to ask for help.”

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To conclude, he referred to himself as someone who has faced such challenges.

“I’ve been there, you’ve been there, and we now need to reach out to those who can never even imagine themselves in that place,” he encouraged. “When you accept a challenge is real, you can have hope. When you understand your vulnerability, you can become strong. When you are brave enough to ask for help, you can be lifted up. You can start living, doing, feeling — not simply surviving.”

Harry previously shared that he dealt with grief following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

“I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” he told The Telegraph. “It was 20 years of not thinking about it, and two years of total chaos.”

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Harry’s wife, 37-year-old Meghan Markle, shared a similar message with attendees in her surprise speech, in addition to expressing her awe about her husband’s efforts to create an inspiring event.

“It’s such an honor to be here tonight with all of you and supporting my husband at the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago,” she began. “In a short span of time, the games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness.”

Then she recounted how moved she was by one veteran who excitedly gave Harry and her a hug last week.

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“The Novak family from Chicago is a prime example of this very thing,” Meghan said. “When their son Ryan suffered a severe injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, doctors said he would never be able to walk again. But after speaking to his mom, Karri, it was clear that it was through Ryan’s strength of spirit, and with the unwavering support of his parents, that he was able to prove all of those doctors wrong.”

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Meghan continued: “Not only has Ryan competed in sailing, swimming and athletics this week, but when Harry and I saw him at the finish line of the sailing competition, he literally jumped into our boat — with dexterity and ease, by the way — to give both of us a hug.”

“Seeing Ryan’s mom on the water that day, waving a flag to cheer him on was a moment I will never forget,” Meghan recalled.

Boy Who Made Meghan Markle a Macaroni Necklace Now Taking Jewelry Orders from Around the World

Meghan Markle is known for being a style icon, even when it comes to the homemade accessories she wears.

While greeting fans in Melbourne during the Royal Tour last week, Meghan was approached by 6-year-old Gavin Hazelwood, who gifted the Duchess a homemade pasta necklace. The royal, 37, instantly put the adorable necklace on, and now Gavin is becoming just as well-known with jewelry order requests coming in from around the world.

“We had a lot of people saying to Gavin, you should make more, you’ll make lots of money from this, everybody will want to buy her necklace,” his mom, Rowan Hazelwood, told Network 10, as reported by CBS News.

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The family decided to create a website for Gavin, where fans can purchase the dinosaur-shaped pasta with gold paint necklaces for $20. The kindergartener has since received orders from Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

Gavin intends on donating all of his profits to a stillborn research charity, CBS reported, as his mother previously lost a baby girl.

“She’s a part of our lives still, even for the kids, and they talk to her every day,” she told Network 10.

The Melbourne native, who was adorably dressed as a Qantas pilot, crafted the ribbon and gold-painted pasta necklace earlier that morning after telling his mom he was feeling sick so he could skip school and make the necklace for Meghan.

“I did the pasta with gold paint. Mum helped me thread through the necklace,” he told Fairfax Media.

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After receiving the gift, Meghan immediately put it on over her navy Dion Lee dress. The royal mom-to-be, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, proudly wore the gift during the rest of the outing until she arrived at a formal reception inside Government House.

Meghan often wears jewelry that has sentimental meaning.

Earlier in the tour, she wore butterfly earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana. And when Prince Harry and Meghan first began dating, she was spotted wearing a gold, personalized necklace with the letters M and H on it.

Meghan Markle Presents Awards Celebrating Conservation — While Aptly Wearing Birds on Her Gown!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are back in Sydney!

After a scary moment when the pilot of their plane had to abort landing due to another aircraft on the runway, the royal couple have returned to Australia to attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards ceremony after touring Fiji and Tonga over the past few days. The awards, an annual gathering of Australia’s best in exploration, science and conservation, were hosted at the Shangri-La Hotel.

The royal parents-to-be presented a couple of awards during the ceremony to honor the highest achievements in conservation and adventure.

Harry also gave a speech about conserving the environment, quoting speeches by his father, Prince Charles, given almost 50 years ago that still ring true.

“My father and others have been speaking about the environment for decades – not basing it on fallacy or new-age hypothesis, but rooted in science and facts, and the sobering awareness of our environmental vulnerability,” said Harry. “And while those speeches would sometimes fall on deaf ears, he and others were unrelenting in their commitment to preserve the most valuable resource we have – our planet.”

He added, “But let that be a cautionary tale.  We are all here tonight because we care deeply about using the world’s resources wisely and safeguarding them for future generations. And, I am certain we are more aware of the need for this balance now, than ever before.”

Meghan opted for evening wear for the event, a tea-length black and white gown by Oscar de la Renta that appropriately featured bird designs. Though they grouped together in the bodice, the bird outlines became more spread out and apparently near the illusion neckline and full skirt.

She wore her hair in a gorgeous blowout and completed the look with her trusty Aquazzura "Deneuve" Pumps in Black in black.

The mom-to-be wore her first evening gown of the 16-day trip on their first night in Fiji during a state dinner—an elegant light blue caped dress that showed off her growing baby bump. She also went formal for a private audience with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u in Tonga, wearing a white cap-sleeve beaded silk satin column gown by Theia.

Saturday marks the royal pair’s last day in Australia, and also the final day of the Invictus Games.

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While Harry is usually the one to deliver speeches during their trip, Meghan gave her first royal tour speech when she addressed students and staff at the University of the South Pacific. She shared her own college experience at Northwestern University, and announce two new grants that support female staff members at the school.

“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital,” she said. “When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them.”

Prince Harry Suits Up as He and Wife Meghan Markle Say Farewell to Tonga

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have said goodbye to Tonga.

After a busy day in the Polynesian country, which included meeting with the prime minister, seeing an exhibit of Tongan crafts and a trip to Tupou College, the royal couple paid a final visit to His Majesty King Tupou VI at the Royal Palace.

The Victorian-style palace, which is located in the northwest of the capital, Nukuʻalofa, was built in 1867 and is the official residence of the Tongan king.

For the occasion, Meghan, 37, kept on the sky blue “Cary” shirt dress by Veronica Beard she wore at the previous outings and Harry, 34, wore a gray suit and tie.

While Meghan has been wowing in multiple looks during their tour, this time it was Harry who swapped up his style, as earlier in the day he had worn a more casual look of khaki trousers and a blue shirt.

After spending time with the King and his wife, Queen Nanasipauʻu Tukuʻaho, Meghan and Harry posed for a photo on the palace porch with the Tongan royals. In the background, locals could be heard singing traditional songs of the country.

Meanwhile, over by the tarmac, locals gathered along the striking traditional-printed fabric carpet that was rolled out on the grass for the royal couple ahead of their departure.

Bidding Meghan and Harry farewell at Fua’amotu International Airport was Princess Angelika Latufuipeka, who first welcomed the pair when they arrived at Tonga on Thursday morning.

The jet-setting royal couple then waved goodbye to locals as they boarded their plane to head back to Sydney for the next leg of their royal tour.

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Earlier in the day, Meghan and Harry made a stop at Tonga’s Tupou College and dedicated two forest reserves at the school’s on-site forest. The trip surprised royal fans since Meghan skipped out on an earlier forest trip in Fiji to avoid mosquitos. 

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The Zika virus, which causes birth defects, including microcephaly, has been detected in both Fiji and Tonga. The pregnant royal, who sought medical advice about the Zika virus ahead of the tour, took precautions upon arrival in Fiji.

Adhering to general recommendations by medical professionals, Meghan arrived at the airport in a long-sleeved white dress after wearing several sleeveless dresses in Sydney. And she was spotted with insect repellent on her arms during her first night in Tonga.

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While at the college, the Royals were also treated to a musical performance by the Tupou College Boys Choir, which reportedly included a song about mosquitos, prompting the couple to laugh.

Harry also delivered a speech to the Toloa Forest Reserve crowd about the importance of conservation.

“Tonga is leading by example and understands deeply the impact of environmental changes because they directly affect these islands,” he said in the speech. “Planting trees in conserving forests helps us in so many ways. It is a simple, but effective way to restore and repair our environment, clear the air, protect habitat and enhance our health and well-being.”

Meghan and Harry will return to Sydney, Australia, for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Then, it will be on to New Zealand for the final leg of their 16-day tour.

Meghan Markle’s Dress Designer Reveals How They Were Quietly Clued into Her Royal Baby Secret

Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy meant some changes had to be made to her royal tour wardrobe.

Don O’Neill – the creative director of Theia, the brand behind Meghan’s elegant white dress that she wore in Tonga for a private audience with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u – jumped at the chance to create a look for the Duchess of Sussex.

“When her stylist reached out to inquire if I could make a dress for her Australian press tour, I stopped everything we were doing (my bridal show was just a week away) and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’ gown,” O’Neill says in a release.

The Theia team completed the look in just two days and shipped it to her. Although they got word that Meghan “loved” the piece, there was a major caveat.

“We needed to remake it with extra seam allowance,” O’Neill explains. “We knew immediately why this extra allowance was required, but mum’s the word, and with less than one week to my bridal show, all hands were on deck once more.”

He adds, “We re-made the gown and I literally had to run down Broadway that Friday night to catch the UPS truck, making it with just 2 minutes to spare!”

O’Neill shares that Meghan, 37, has served as inspiration for the brand’s designs.

“The Duchess of Sussex has long been a source of inspiration,” he says. “Her classic, effortless and chic style coupled with all the excitement leading up to her wedding earlier this year inspired my Spring 2019 bridal collection, which I showed in April.”

He adds, “I am humbled and sooo excited to dress The Duchess of Sussex. It has been an exciting whirlwind collaboration. Her Royal Highness is a truly beautiful inspiring woman, a bright shining light in this world, and we at Theia are truly honored to be part of The Royal Tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand.”

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Meghan’s gown ($995) will soon be available for pre-order.

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Meghan’s white gown marked her third outfit in less than five hours. She started her day in Fiji wearing a green shift dress with short sleeves by Jason Wu, a Taiwanese and Canadian designer based in New York City, and paired it with her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in black suede.

After mastering a quick change on the plane, the royal mom-to-be arrived in Tonga dressed in the same hue as the country’s flag.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Look Ready to Walk Down the Aisle Again in Classic Evening Looks

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have received a warm welcome to Tonga — but not before the mom-to-be made her third outfit change of the day!

After the royal couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, landed at Fua’amotu Airport on Thursday (local time), they headed to the Consular House in Nuku’alofa for a private audience with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u.

Meghan — who arrived in the country wearing a red long-sleeved dress by Self-Portrait — switched into her third outfit in less than five hours.

The royal showed up wearing a white cap-sleeve beaded silk satin column gown by Theia, while Harry changed into a classic black tuxedo with a bowtie for the formal occasion.

Meghan’s dress was simple yet striking much like her Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown that she wore not too long ago for her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19.

The meeting was followed by an official reception and dinner featuring traditional Tongan entertainment.

Meghan and Harry have a busy itinerary while in Tonga. They’ll enjoy a number of activities including attending a cultural exhibit, travel to a school with an onsite forest, meet with local traders and visit Tupou College.

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Earlier in the day, Meghan and Harry got the royal treatment after landing in Tonga.

The couple was first welcomed by Princess Angelika Latufuipeka, before walking the red carpet that was rolled out for them. Meghan was also dressed in the same hue as the Tongan flag.

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As the pair walked hand-in-hand from their plane over the decorated lawn, they were greeted with a giant red banner displayed along the tarmac reading “Welcome Harry & Megan,” as well as with a musical performance from locals in traditional garb.

During their arrival, Tongan children — also wearing red — lined the streets and waved flags in hopes to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Many locals also decorated their homes with signs, balloons, and flags welcoming the pair to their country.

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Prior to their time in Tonga, the royal couple made a stop in Fiji.

Wearing her first outfit of the day, Meghan showed up in a green shift dress with short sleeves by Jason Wu, a Taiwanese and Canadian designer based in New York City, and paired it with her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in black suede.

While there, they attended an official welcome ceremony at the Nadi Airport and unveiled a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat.

The event was also attended by Fijian President Jioji Konrote and senior representatives from the government and the Armed Forces.

After spending a few days in Tonga, Meghan and Harry will return to Sydney, Australia, for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Then, it will be on to New Zealand to wrap up their tour.

Ravishing in Red! Pregnant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Arrive in Tonga

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry got the royal treatment for their arrival in Tonga.

The couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, were welcomed to Fua’amotu Airport on Thursday (local time) by Princess Angelika Latufuipeka. The locals rolled out the red carpet for Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, as they walked hand-in-hand from their plane over the decorated lawn.

A giant red banner was displayed along the tarmac reading “Welcome Harry & Megan,” while locals in traditional garb greeted them with a musical performance.

Meghan, who had started her day in a green short-sleeved shift dress by Jason Wu, stuck with jewel tones but changed into a red long-sleeved dress by Self-Portrait which featuring embroidered floral embellishment and was in the same hue as the Tongan flag. The mom-to-be also added black heels and a black clutch to complete the look.

Harry meanwhile kept it simple and wore the same light-colored suit from earlier.

During their arrival, Tongan children — also wearing red — lined the streets and waved flags in hopes to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. Many locals also decorated their homes with signs, balloons, and flags welcoming the pair to their country.

While in Tonga, Meghan and Harry will attend a reception dinner featuring traditional entertainment at Consular House.

On Friday (local time), they’ll enjoy a number of activities including attending a cultural exhibit, travel to a school with an onsite forest, meet with local traders and visit Tupou College.

Meghan has mastered the art of the quick change while in flight — thanks in part to having her royal hairdresser as part of her glam squad on tour with her!

The Duchess of Sussex arrived at the airport in Hervey Bay, Australia, in a casual travel-ready outfit earlier this week. Meghan wore a button-down white shirt paired with black pants, finishing off the look with sunglasses and slip-on mules by one of her favorite brands, Aquazarra.

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By the time the royal couple touched down in Suva, Fiji, she had transformed from easygoing to elegant.

Meghan stepped out of the plane wearing a white long-sleeved dress by Australian brand Zimmermann paired with a matching fascinator by Stephen Jones, completing the look with a black Kaya Anna clutch and black slingback heels by Tabitha Simmons. Her hair, which she wore in a low bun to board the plane, was worn straight and sleek.

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Fiji marked a number of firsts on the couple’s 16-day royal tour. On their first night, they attended a state dinner, which saw Meghan in her first evening gown of the trip – an elegant light blue caped dress that showed off her growing baby bump.

While Harry has made several speeches during their tour, Meghan addressed students and staff at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, to share her own college experience at Northwestern University and announce two new grants that support female staff members at the school in her first royal tour speech.

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“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital,” she said. “When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them.”

“And while progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women,” Meghan added.

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Before heading to Tonga, the royal couple also attended an official welcome ceremony at the Nadi Airport. While there, they unveiled a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in the 1972 Battle of Mirbat.

The event was also attended by Fijian President Jioji Konrote and senior representatives from the government and the Armed Forces.

After spending a few days in Tonga, Meghan and Harry will return to Sydney, Australia, for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Then, it will be on to New Zealand to wrap up their tour.

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Pregnant Meghan Markle’s Visit to Fiji’s Suva Market Abruptly Cut Short Due to Security Concerns

Meghan Markle‘s first solo engagement in Fiji did not go to plan.

While Prince Harry visited a local forest on Wednesday, Meghan paid a visit to a market to meet with female vendors, who greeted their special guest with cheers and roaring applause.

The mother-to-be was at the Suva market to learn about a UN Women’s project, “Markets for Change,” which promotes women’s empowerment in marketplaces throughout the South Pacific.

However, Meghan’s tour was cut short due to crowd management issues, a Kensington Palace representative told the Associated Press.

Meghan was expected to spend up to 20 minutes in the marketplace, however, the royal mom-to-be was only there for less than half of the time before getting rushed away from the large crowd that came to greet her at, and inside, the market.

Despite her security’s decision to rush out of the venue, the former actress appeared calm and waved at the crowd as she was whisked back to her car.

At the event, Meghan was spotted carrying a clutch made by local women from traditional tapa cloth. She also kept on her pink printed Figue dress that she wore earlier to deliver a speech at the University of the South Pacific.

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Meghan has worked on issues of global gender equality for the United Nations and World Vision. And she’ll be focused on empowering women’s issues as part of her new royal duties as the Duchess of Sussex.

In 2015, Meghan gave an inspiring speech on International Women’s Day in partnership with UN Women. “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” she said.

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Earlier on Wednesday, Meghan delivered her first royal tour speech to students and staff at the University of the South Pacific. Meghan and Harry were on hand to observe a cultural performance on the effects of climate change, before meeting students studying subjects from agriculture to women’s development.

As Meghan confidently took the podium, wearing traditional garlands, she shared her own college experience after giving the traditional greeting: “Bula vinaka!”

“As a university graduate, I know the personal feeling of pride and excitement that comes with attending university,” she began. “From the moment you receive your acceptance letter to the exams you spend countless late nights studying for, the lifelong friendships you make with your fellow alumni to the moment that you receive your diploma, the journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one.”

“I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world, myself included,” she added.

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“It was through scholarships, financial aid programs and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition – that I was able to attend university. And, without question, it was worth every effort,” Meghan continued.

“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital,” she said. “When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them.”

“And while progress has been made in many areas across the Commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women,” she added.

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Meghan and Harry also attended a state dinner celebrating their visit to Fiji on Tuesday, where the royal mom-to-be sipped water alongside her husband.

At the gala, which saw Meghan in her first evening gown of the royal tour, Harry said in a speech that he and the Duchess of Sussex were “overwhelmed by the warm Fijian welcome we received from the people of these beautiful islands this afternoon in Albert Park, and all the way from the airport! It really is a privilege to be here.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Recreate Balcony Moment by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Fiji

Prince Harry conjured up memories of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, as he and Meghan Markle made it a glamorous evening in Fiji.

The royal parents-to-be, who arrived to the country Tuesday morning local time, received a rapturous welcome from streets lined with well wishers and around 15,000 in Albert Park in the capital. They then appeared on the balcony of the hotel they are staying in, the Grand Pacific Hotel – just as the Queen had done first in 1953 alongside her husband Prince Philip.

The Queen has stayed at the hotel five times – and Harry’s father, Prince Charles, has done so too on several occasions.

At a glittering gala in the evening, Harry, 34, said he and Meghan, 37, were “overwhelmed by the warm Fijian welcome we received from the people of these beautiful islands this afternoon in Albert Park, and all the way from the airport! It really is a privilege to be here.”

“This visit is particularly nostalgic for us as a young married couple – my grandparents stayed in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years.”

The Duke of Sussex added, “As you know, Fiji has a long tradition of welcoming Royal visitors over the years and our two countries have enjoyed a close relationship and friendship. We share Commonwealth values and common goals – a love of rugby and a sense of humor! Our ties run deep.”

“Your soldiers fought with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars and continue to serve alongside our soldiers to this day, with more than 1,250 Fijians currently serving,” he continued. “I must emphasize my respect, admiration and camaraderie with the Fijian soldiers that I served with in Afghanistan. We trained together, we fought together, and most importantly, we laughed together.”

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While Harry went full black tie, completing his outfit by wearing a number of medal on his suit jacket, Meghan changed into the light blue Ginkgo cape dress by Safiyaa. She completed with look with statement earrings.

Earlier in the day, the newlyweds met with Fijian President Jioji Konrote and headed to an official welcome ceremony in Albert Park. The ceremony, known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, embodies Fijian cultural identity and heritage. It mirrored that of the one attended by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

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Fiji is the latest stop on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s whirlwind 16-day tour which has taken them through Australia and will take them next to Tonga and then, after returning to Sydney for the end of the paralympic-style Invictus Games, on to New Zealand.

Harry, who unveiled the latest Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy in the forest of Fraser Island on Monday, added, “We look to Fiji to provide leadership on environmental issues which affect all of us, and that have been affecting you as an island nation for many, many years. Fiji is a proud and vibrant culture whose people are so gentle but proud, honorable and resourceful.”

Meghan Markle Steps Out in Polka Dot Dress on Fraser Island as Prince Harry Goes Solo on Outings

After kicking off the Invictus Games in Sydney over the weekend, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry traveled to Australia’s Fraser Island on Monday morning, local time.

Meghan, who recently announced her pregnancy, wore a burgundy and white polka dot dress with a tie at the waist from & Other Stories and brown saddle flat sandals from Sarah Flint. She pulled her hair back into a ponytail.

The royal couple stepped off the plane together holding hands as Meghan went into one car and Harry went into another. Prince Harry then boarded a barge to take him to his first few engagements of the day, while Meghan hopped on a boat from Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours to take her to another area of the island. Meghan will likely rejoin Harry for a meet and greet with locals at the end of the day.

Meghan was all smiles as she arrived at the marina in Hervey Bay and waved to a group of locals who stopped to greet her on the dock.

Over the weekend, the palace announced that Meghan, who is expecting her first child in the spring, will be cutting back her busy tour schedule for a few days to rest while Harry embarks on certain engagements solo.

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After her pregnancy announcement, a royal source told PEOPLE Meghan had had her 12-week ultrasound and was “feeling well.”

Since touching down Down Under, Meghan and Harry have kept a full calendar at a busy pace, opening the Anzac Memorial for fallen veterans, opening the Invictus Games, stepping out on Bondi Beach and even receiving their “first baby gift.”

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“Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,” Harry said in his speech at the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games. “I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.”

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Located about 800 miles from Sydney, Fraser Island, also known as K’gari, by the locals, is the largest sand island in the world, and has a total of 206,970 acres of protected forest.

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During his first engagement of the day, Harry was met by the Traditional Owners of the island, known as the Butchulla people and the Premier of Queensland. He then took part in a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony and unveiled a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K’gari to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth).

Harry will then visit one of Fraser Island’s iconic lakes to meet with local elders and national park rangers to learn about the island’s natural beauty, rich history, biodiversity and cultural significance.

He will then travel to the beach to learn about the history of the island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during World War II.

Next, he’ll travel to Kingfisher Bay by boat, where the visit will conclude with a walk along the picturesque Kingfisher Bay Jetty.

On Tuesday, their 16-day whirlwind tour will take Harry and Meghan to Fiji.

Prince Harry Declines Fan’s Request to Sign His Speedos — But Puts on a Pair Instead!

If you try to prank Prince Harry, he’ll take it a step further!

Following a cycling race at the Invictus Games on Sunday, the first official day of competition, an Australian athlete in Australia asked the 34-year-old dad-to-be to sign his budgie smugglers, which in the U.S. are better known as Speedos.

According to royals correspondent Russell Myers, Harry jokingly agreed, but only if the cyclist would wear the swimsuit on his head.

However, royals aren’t allowed to sign items for fans (exceptions are made for guestbooks!), and the prince followed protocol by politely declining, reported Australia’s ABC News. There were clearly no hard feelings, though, as Harry was later gifted his own pair of budgie smugglers and happily wore them on top of his slacks, as photos from the fun day show.

The Paralympic-style competition for wounded and recovering service members and veterans from around the world includes sports such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing, and has been held around the world since 2014.

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During his opening speech for the tournament on Saturday night, the fifth day of his royal tour with wife Meghan Markle, Harry discussed what the event means to him — and the couple’s baby news. Harry and Meghan announced on Monday that teir first child is due in the spring.

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“First of all, thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,” he shared with the crowd gathered at the Sydney Opera House. “I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you, and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.”

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He continued: “Our Invictus family has turned these games into a symbol of strength, honor and optimism for a new generation.”

The Invictus Games carry special meaning for the royal parents-to-be. Harry and Meghan, 37, made their official public debut as a couple at last year’s event in Toronto. They memorably arrived hand-in-hand at the event and took in a day of competitions, supporting the competitors and greeting well-wishers.

After ‘Resting at Home,’ Meghan Markle Steps Out at Reception with Prince Harry — See the Photos!

After a brief rest at home, Meghan Markle was back to beaming as usual on the sixth day of her royal tour Down Under with husband Prince Harry.

Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, attended a reception Sunday afternoon in Sydney hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison not long after Harry awarded medals at a road cycling event that morning in the Invictus Games, which is a focal point of their tour.

For the occasion Meghan dressed in a black turtleneck and black jeans with a white striped blazer from L’Agence and black Deneuve bow pumps from Aquazzura.

Harry, who has been coordinating a bit with his wife, wore a gray blazer and black pants with brown suede shoes.

Though Meghan missed Sunday morning’s medal ceremony, Harry had it well handled solo — still finding time to chat with the competitors while awarding a gold to the U.K.’s Michael Swain (and helping him grab his fallen hat, which Swain had removed for the occasion).

Also in attendance at the afternoon reception, held at Pavilion Restaurant, were Invictus competitors and their family and friends as well as children from the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation, who got their own royal audience.

Earlier Sunday, sources said Meghan would be reducing her engagements for a few days as the end of the first week of her first royal tour approached.

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“After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour,” a source reportedly said.

Meghan is “feeling fine but resting,” one source said, according to Hello!‘s Emily Nash. The goal is “just trying to pace things for her,” according to a source.

On Monday, just one day before their tour began, Meghan and Harry confirmed they were expecting their first child together.

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After the Sunday morning cycling medal ceremony, Harry said his wife was “resting back at home.”

“Being pregnant takes its toll,” he said.

She seemed none the worse for wear at the reception, where photographers captured her, all smiles, with Harry.

 

 

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According to reports, Meghan is still set to travel to Fraser Island, off of Australia’s eastern coast, and will continue making other appearances with Harry.

So far this trip — which has or will take them not just to Australia but Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand — Meghan and Harry have been happily received as they attended Invictus events, stepped out on Bondi Beach and met with locals, among other stops.

They started the tour just one day after announcing they were expecting their first child together, who will be seventh in line for the British throne.

Describing an incredibly warm welcome,” Harry said Saturday: “We … genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby.”

Meghan Markle Is Cutting Back Royal Tour Schedule for a Few Days: She’s ‘Feeling Fine but Resting’

It’s been a whirlwind week for the Duchess of Sussex and she’s taking a well-deserved break.

As Meghan Markle‘s first royal tour with husband Prince Harry nears the end of its first week — and only six days after the announcement that she was expecting their first child — Meghan will be handling a slightly less hectic schedule, royal sources reportedly said on Sunday local time.

“After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour,” one source said, according to the Daily Mirror‘s Russell Myers, Hello!‘s Emily Nash and The Sun‘s Emily Andrews.

Meghan, 37, is “feeling fine but resting,” one source said, Nash reports. The goal is “just trying to pace things for her,” according to a source.

Meghan had been set to appear Sunday morning in Sydney alongside Harry, 34, to present the medals at a road cycling event for the Invictus Games.

Harry handled the occasion solo — dapper in black pants and a gray blazer — where he awarded gold to the U.K.’s Michael Swain and found time for a bit of fun with the competitors.

Afterward, Harry confirmed his wife was “resting back at home.”

“Being pregnant takes its toll,” he said.

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Meghan reportedly still plans to make other scheduled appearances, including a reception hosted by Australia’s prime minister later Sunday. She will also not change her travel plans to Fraser Island, north of Sydney and off of Australia’s eastern coast.

After her pregnancy announcement, a royal source told PEOPLE Meghan had had her 12-week ultrasound and was “feeling well.”

The Invictus Games, founded by Harry in 2014 and which organize sporting competitions for ill and wounded military members and veterans, have been a key part of the couple’s tour of Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Tonga, which kicked off on Oct. 16.

“The Duke and Duchess are excited to see Sydney fully embrace the Invictus spirit, and to support the competitors as they compete across a range of sports at some of the city’s most iconic venues,” the palace has said.

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“This year’s Games will emphasise the integral role played by servicemen and women’s family and friends,” the statement continued, “and Their Royal Highnesses will spend time with a number of the competitors’ supporters as they cheer them on from the side-lines.”

Since touching down Down Under, Meghan and Harry have kept a full calendar at a busy pace, opening the Anzac Memorial for fallen veterans, opening the Invictus Games, stepping out on Bondi Beach and even receiving their “first baby gift.”

 

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“Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,” Harry said in his speech at the opening ceremony for the Games. “I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.”

The couple’s reception on their tour has been warm — almost rapturous — in the wake of their pregnancy news.

Gushed over by 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne, who has met Harry several times, Meghan responded, “Hopefully next time we see you, we’ll have a little one with us!”

Meghan Markle Wears Navy (Again!) at Invictus Games Opening Ceremony – and Prince Harry Matches

Meghan Markle has been giving a certain shade of blue a lot of love recently.

The mom-to-be wore all-navy attire during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Invictus Games. She accessorized a Stella McCartney dress with a Gillian Anderson coat and a clutch in the same color, along with a pair of diamond drop earrings featuring deep-blue sapphires.

Husband Prince Harry made sure to look picture perfect alongside his wife, wearing a navy tie to match her outfit.

Meghan, 37, paired all the navy ensemble with beige suede Stuart Weitzman heels – which she also recently wore on a royal tour stop, pairing it again with a navy (and periwinkle!) dress by British Designer Roksanda Ilinčić.

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The Duchess of Sussex is often recycling go-to looks, and navy has proven to be her go-to color during her and Harry’s visit Down Under. She wore another navy dress on the third day of the tour, this time by Australian designer Dion Lee, with the beige Martin Grant trench coat that she wore in Sydney and matching blue Manolo Blahnik suede heels.

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This isn’t the first time Meghan is showing her love for the dark blue hue — Meghan wore a navy dress and coat by Givenchy (her wedding dress designer!) with a matching hat by Noel Stewart at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank‘s royal wedding earlier this month.

Harry and Meghan are currently on their 16-day royal tour of Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand. Harry opened the Invictus Games on Saturday with a speech that mentioned the couple’s bundle-to-be.

“First of all, thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,” he shared with the crowd gathered at the Sydney Opera House. “I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.”

Prince Harry Makes Adorable Reference to His Baby with Meghan Markle at Invictus Games Opening

Prince Harry had babies on the brain while kicking off the 2018 Invictus Games!

The 34-year-old royal, who announced on Monday that he and wife Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in the spring, couldn’t help but mention the big news during his speech at the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on Saturday.

“First of all, thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days,” he shared with the crowd gathered at the Sydney Opera House. “I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.”

The Paralympic-style competition for wounded and recovering service members and veterans from around the world includes sports such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing and has been held around the world since 2014.

“Our Invictus family has turned these games into a symbol of strength, honor and optimism for a new generation,” he said during his speech.

The Invictus Games carry special meaning for the royal parents-to-be. Harry and Meghan made their official public debut as a couple at last year’s event in Toronto. They memorably arrived hand-in-hand at the event and took in a day of competitions, supporting the competitors and greeting well-wishers.

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This isn’t the first time on Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand that he’s referenced their baby joy.

Speaking at a reception at the end of the couple’s first day in Sydney, Harry said that he and Meghan couldn’t think of a “better place” to tell the world of their big news.

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At the event at Admiralty House, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are staying, Harry thanked Australia for the “incredibly warm welcome” they’d received and the “chance to meet Aussies from all walks of life.”

“We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the, er, upcoming baby,” Harry said, looking over to Meghan. Appearing slightly nervous, Harry added, “whether it’s a boy or a girl.”

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The royal couple were also welcomed to Sydney with the first gifts for their little bundle of joy.

While attending a welcome reception at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia on Monday, the royal couple were given their first official baby gifts by the Governor General Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove.

“That’s so cute, it’s our first baby gift!” Meghan, 37, said in PEOPLE’s Facebook Live video, as she received a fluffy stuffed kangaroo (complete with a baby joey!) and fleece Ugg booties.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Wear Matching Invictus Games Shirts to Kickoff Event in Sydney

The 2018 Invictus Games are officially underway — and what better way to celebrate than with matching shirts?

Following their time at Anzac Memorial, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kicked off the Paralympic-style competition for wounded and recovering service members and veterans with the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Saturday (local time), but not before a quick outfit change.

Meghan, 37, switched from her earlier formal ensemble to a more casual-chic look. She opted for a pair of Mother Denim black jeans and a black Invictus Games shirt with an Altuzarra Studio Acacia white blazer on top.

To finish the look, Meghan added a pair of trendy yellow Illesteva sunglasses.

Meanwhile, Harry, 34, who wore his military uniform to the Anzac Memorial, also kept things casual by matching his wife in a black Invictus Games shirt — the same one he wore while scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge yesterday — and gray pants, with his own pair of shades.

The royal couple, who announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child, arrived at Cockatoo Island on a sleek white yacht with Sydney Harbour as the scenic backdrop.

Once they arrived on the island, the couple hopped into an SUV, where they were driven to the racing track. While there, Meghan and Harry were introduced to several volunteers and athletes. Soon after, the Jaguar Land Rover began swerving through the cones.

Joining the couple for the day’s kickoff was Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, who shared a photo of the Game’s harbor-side banner to her Instagram Stories. The photo has since been deleted.

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Harry and Meghan made their official public debut as a couple at last year’s Invictus Games in Toronto. They memorably arrived hand-in-hand at the event and took in a day of competitions, supporting the competitors and greeting well-wishers.

To officially usher in the 2018 edition of the Games, Prince Harry, 34, scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Friday (local time) alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Harry was joined for the 1,000+ step climb by volunteers and Invictus Games athletes — but his wife stayed firmly planted on the ground.

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The royal couple, accompanied by the Governor of New South Wales, David Hurley, started their fifth day of the tour at the official opening of the enhanced Anzac Memorial. Anzac Day commemorates the first major battle involving Australian and New Zealand forces during World War One.

While there, Meghan and Harry received a tour of the new education and interpretation facilities and the Hall of Silence where the sculpture “Sacrifice” stands. The official opening was also attended by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian.

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The ceremony began with an opening speech and musical procession before the royal couple entered and sat in the front row of the crowd.

Together, Meghan and Harry carried a wreath to the memorial stairs and hung it on a stand, before the prince saluted in honor of the fallen veterans.

During the ceremony, planes from the number 76 quadrant in New Castle, which provide introductory preparation courses for fighter pilots, flew overhead.

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The choir at the memorial also sang “I vow to thee my country,” Princess Diana‘s favorite hymn from her schooldays, sung both at her wedding in 1981 and her funeral in 1997.

Next up for the royal couple is a welcoming reception, hosted by the Premier of New South Wales, before wrapping their fifth day at the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.

Here’s What Prince William and Kate Middleton Have Been Up to While Meghan and Harry Are on Tour

Prince William and Kate Middleton have stayed busy while the other half of the royal Fab Four, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, continue their whirlwind tour Down Under.

Earlier this week, the royal parents of three hosted the Radio 1 Teen Heroes finalists at Kensington Palace ahead of this weekend’s Radio 1 Teen Awards ceremony, which will feature performances by Little Mix, Liam Payne and 5 Seconds of Summer.

Kate, 36, wore a red polka dot dress for the occasion, while William, 36, opted for a blue suit with a white button-up sans tie.

Each of the eight finalists have been recognized for their service to others — each in their own way. Lily, 14, is an advocate and wheelchair motocross competitor, while 14-year-old Junior is a dancer who campaigns against bullying. Siena, 16, supports students with autism and learning disabilities.

“To be recognized as making a difference to other people’s lives by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will inspire them to carry on the extraordinary work they already do,” Radio 1 DJ Greg James told the BBC.

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The royal couple have made some of their most candid confessions on BBC Radio 1. During a surprise interview in April 2017, they opened up about their life at home with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, including lounging in their “comfy clothes” while catching up on TV.

When DJ Scott Mills asked how the royal couple likes to relax, they revealed they order takeout and watch their favorite shows, including Homeland and Game of Thrones.

“Absolutely and curry — definitely!” Kate said, while William added that the order doesn’t get delivered to the palace.

“Normally someone goes and picks it up,” he said.

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Last year, Prince William and Prince Harry were joined by singer Rita Ora to host the inspirational teens at Kensington Palace.

“See the biscuits lying around?” a smiling Prince William joked with the winners midway through the reception, before pointing to a pile of cookies in front of a signed photo of himself and Kate. “This plate is full behind you. That means you have not been trying hard enough!”

Meghan Markle Reveals Her First Job Was ‘Taking Out the Trash’ and It Made Her Who She Is Today

Meghan Markle’s life hasn’t always been glamorous.

On Friday (Australian time), during a visit to Macarthur Girls High in Sydney as a part of her royal tour Down Under with Prince Harry, Meghan, 37, revealed her first job consisted of “taking out the trash.”

The pregnant royal then went on to explain that the job helped mold her into the woman she is today.

In addition to sharing her life experiences, Meghan praised the students of Macarthur saying, “You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up,” she told the girls, New Idea reports.

“I went to an all-girls school which was incredibly diverse as well,” the former Suits actress continued.

“I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world,” Meghan said.

“It makes me so emotional. You’re doing really, really good work and I’m so happy that we’re here. We give you our full support.”

Prince Harry, 33, also spoke on the strength of women and told the girls that men should use their own voices to push for quality.

“Men can help as well by getting involved, we have to,” he said.

Meghan and Harry visited Macarthur Girls High School to meet stunts involved with the “In League in Harmony Youth Advocate” program, which aims to unite and inspire young people to be advocates for cohesion and inclusion in their communities.

The newlyweds also engaged with students as they discussed issues including social justice and youth empowerment.

Following Meghan and Harry’s visit, which was kept a secret from the students, a group of Macarthur girls gushed over the royal couple.

“They didn’t tell us the royals were coming. If I knew, I would’ve looked nicer,” one student told Ten News.

“Meghan was waving at us, and we got a glimpse of Harry as well, so it was a really good atmosphere, to be honest. She was very elegant when she spoke. Very pretty as well,” another student explained.

For the appearance, Meghan wore a navy and periwinkle Athena Pleated Midi Dress by British Designer  Roksanda Ilinčić, with a pair of suede beige pumps by Stuart Weitzman.

Before the visit to Macarthur, Meghan and Harry took a trip to Bondi Beach, where they were greeted by Grant Trebilco and Sam Schumacher, founders of OneWave.

To match the occasion, Meghan wore a striped Martin Grant maxi dress with Castañer espadrilles.

Meghan and Harry took part in the “Fluro Friday” session, where people of all ages share their experiences of mental health issues, in an “anti-bad vibe circle.”

The couple also had the opportunity to interact with others enjoying yoga, a favorite activity of Meghan’s, and surfing — and Harry even helped wax a surfboard!

While there, Meghan also opened up about her pregnancy to local Charlotte Connell — who is also expecting — and explained that her little one was already keeping her up at night.

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“Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag,” Connell said, as reported by Sky News. “She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room as she couldn’t sleep.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make a Quick Outfit Change to Hit the Beach in Australia

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are keeping the beach clean — and looking stylish while doing it!

The couple, who announced Monday that they are expecting their first child, continued the third day of their royal tour by visiting Albert Park Primary School and also the beach in Melbourne, Australia.

Before their final outings of the day, the pair made quick outfit changes from their earlier looks. They did not, however, choose the most practical beach attire.

Meghan, 37, ditched her navy dress and matching suede heels for a black Club Monaco “Miguelina” dress with her trusty black Rothy’s flats — a shoe she has previously switched into during their tour.

She did, however, kept on her Martin Grant trench coat which has been a fashion staple for her during their royal tour.

Meanwhile, Harry, 34, — who matched his wife at their prior events in a navy suit with a white button-down shirt — switched into a pair of black pants and a gray jacket.

The royal ditched his tie and opted to leave his shirt collar buttoned.

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The couple first met with student Sustainability Leaders and Waste Warriors at Albert Park Primary School and learned how the sustainability programs are integrated into the curriculum, before being greeted by many of the school’s younger students.

At one stop along the school’s pathway, Harry sweetly asked a group of students — who were lined up outside excitedly squealing, waving, and yelling their names — if this is where they went to school. One child ignored the question and instead, simply told the prince that he resembled their uncle.

Keeping with their sustainable theme, the pair rode public transport to their next stop, hopping on one of Melbourne’s iconic trams for a short ride from the school to South Melbourne Beach.

As they left, onlookers waved from the crowd, while some even stood on top of their roofs across the street to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

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Onboard the tram, the royals interacted with more schoolchildren during the quick ride. A few minutes later, they arrived at the beach where they were welcomed by another large set of excited onlookers.

As they made their way onto the sand, the couple was greeted by volunteers from BeachPatrol and local children from the area for a beach cleanup. The organization dedicates itself to keeping Melbourne’s shores free of litter to reduce the negative impact of litter on the marine environment and food chain as well as provide a safe environment for the public to enjoy their local beach.

During the outing, Harry and Meghan were also introduced to four lifeguards from the beach.

But the couple didn’t stay much longer after that and finally headed back towards land.

After their departure, one teen — who introduced himself as 15-year-old Milo Thompson — said he was especially impressed with the royal couple’s demeanor during his interaction with them on the sand.

“I was expecting to introduce myself and be real proper,” he said of meeting Prince Harry. “But he came and introduced himself and was calm and collected, and paying a lot of attention to us… they’re down-to-earth and fun to be around.”

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Earlier in the day, Meghan and Harry met fans in Melbourne, gathered on the grounds of the city’s Royal Botanic Gardens. One lucky young woman even got a giant hug from the prince, causing her to break down in (very happy!) tears.

After greeting fans, Meghan and Harry headed to a reception with local government.

While there, the royal couple was shown several sporting demonstrations, including a student-designed Formula 1 racing project, which gave Meghan a fright during its incredibly loud launch.

“I did not expect that!” she exclaimed of their speedy takeoff while laughing at her own jumpy reaction.

Meanwhile, Harry looked as happy as a child in a toy store, beaming at the cars and laughed at his wife’s startled reaction. “Wasn’t quite expecting that,” he joked to her. Harry even fist-pumped when they were first invited to try the cars.

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While the boys showed off their car project, outside the girls showed off their sporting skills. Meghan met with ambassadors from This Girl Can, which is an organization focused on encouraging women to take up sports.

During the outing, Meghan demonstrated her athleticism, tossing around an AFL football and showing off her best hand-passing skills.

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They were then treated to a cooking demonstration showcasing native Australian food at a social enterprise restaurant which provides guidance and opportunity to young Aboriginal people who are in need of a fresh start in life.

During the demo led by Executive Chef Greg Hampton, Meghan and Harry were able to taste some fresh herbs from the area.

Tomorrow, the couple will head back to Sydney for the weekend, before making a stop at Frasier Island on Monday.

Meghan Markle Holds on Tight to Prince Harry as They Meet Students at Last Stop on Dubbo Trip

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are continuing their 16-day tour with a stop at a local school in Dubbo, Australia.

The couple visited the Clontarf Foundation and Girls Academy Dubbo Senior College, which works to improve the educational outcomes of young Indigenous students.

As their car pulled up to the school entrance, students and administrators were lined up outside to greet Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, for their arrival.

Inside a classroom, Meghan left her Husband to meet with school officials before being welcomed by two student representatives.

The two young girls walked her through a display of photos and work on the wall and spoke to the school’s policies, attendance, and programs, while the rest of their classmates watched on.

At one point, Meghan laughed and rubbed the girl’s back, before sitting down on a couch with the students to chat about their school experience.

She also asked the girls what their favorite part about the school was and expressed how “happy” she was “to be here.”

Soon after, Meghan and Harry reunited outside, where the rain intensified.

Although the couple was originally supposed to participate in a session of netball and touch football drills on the school oval — highlighting the importance of sports in education — the rain changed those plans and caused them to make an early departure from the school.

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But the couple made sure not to leave before meeting the players on the different teams. Ignoring security protocol, the prince greeted the students as they rushed towards him

The teachers attempted to get the students to line up and not crowd Harry, however, the prince was not at all fazed and even posed for some candid selfies.

Earlier in the day, the royal couple met a bunch of local school children who were gathered at the airport, including one little boy who was particularly enthralled with Harry.

Once the prince greeted him, the five-year-old boy — identified as Luke Vincent of Buninyong Public School  — leaped into his arms for a giant hug before playfully caressing his face and tugging at his beard.

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Meghan quickly came over to meet the animated young fan and was greeted with a warm hug of her own.

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The duo then attended the naming dedication and unveiling of a new aircraft in the Royal Flying Doctor Service fleet as part of celebrations for 90 years of delivering healthcare to people living in remote regions of the country.

As they were introduced to many of the Base’s doctors, nurses, and volunteers, Meghan and Harry were also given demonstrations on the service’s emergency health-related techniques, materials, and supplies.

The couple then visited Victoria Park for a picnic to celebrate the community spirit within the region, where the heavy rainfall first began, right as Harry took the stage to deliver a speech.

The prince did his best to keep his pregnant wife dry and could be seen sweetly sheltering the former Suits actress under an umbrella. But his other duty called, so Harry gave the umbrella to Meghan so she could stay dry as he went up on stage.

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Showing they are the perfect team, the pregnant royal then walked on stage and insisted on returning the favor, sheltering him as he spoke to the crowd. While Dubbo’s Mayor Ben Shields offered the prince his umbrella, Harry said, “It’s all right, I’ve got my wife.”

Harry and Meghan are participating in a total of 76 engagements during their Australia visit, so far attending a welcoming reception, visiting the Taronga Zoo in Sydney and meeting with fans.

At their reception on the first day of their visit, Harry thanked Australia for the “incredibly warm welcome” they’d received and the “chance to meet Aussies from all walks of life.”

“We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby,” Harry said, “whether it’s a boy or a girl.”

The Kensington Palace announced the couple’s baby news on Monday in a statement saying, “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. 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.”