Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue their royal tour in New Zealand

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue their royal tour in New Zealand

The royal couple have been welcomed onto Te Papaiouru Marae, for a formal pōwhiri and lunch.

Rotorua local Mutu had a pounamu carved by Lewis Gardiner for Duchess Meghan.

The pair are now headed back to London as Meghan continues her second trimester of pregnancy.

The Duchess did make a brief return to social media recently during her tour of the Commonwealth, when Kensington Palace's account shared a snap of Harry rehearsing his speech for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games.

The duke said: "One of the joys of our visit to New Zealand has been the opportunity to meet so many young New Zealanders who are devoting their talents and energy to making a difference". He ended his address by leading the crowd in a traditional Māori song.

They gave the 3-day-old kiwi chicks indigenous Maori names: "Koha" meaning "gift" and "Tihei" meaning "sneeze", from the Maori saying "tihei mauri ora" meaning "the sneeze of life" or the right to speak.

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While attending the ceremonies in the small town, the soon mother-to-be met a lot of her admirers with her husband.

Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

The day before, Prince Harry drew cheers from Aukland's Pasifika community as he greeted them in six Pacific languages.

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"As the uniform specially commissioned for the occasion is required for use by His Royal Highness, this is an identical uniform made for The Duke by Dege & Skinner a few years earlier", the Royal Collection Trust says.

The volunteer worker was so moved by the encounter, she joked on Twitter that the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, had to comfort her at the event.

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