Prince Harry, Meghan and 'little bump' go bush in New Zealand

Prince Harry, Meghan and 'little bump' go bush in New Zealand
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Totaranui Campground in the Abel Tasman National Park on October 29, 2018.
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Prince Harry passed on greetings from "our little bump" to conservation workers in New Zealand Monday when he and pregnant wife Meghan toured a South Island nature reserve.

The British royals' arrival at the Abel Tasman National Park was heralded with blasts from a conch shell before a traditional Maori greeting.

Amid heavy rain, Harry told the crowd he was grateful the weather was mild enough to allow the royal party to make the trip from the capital Wellington in a New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopter.

"The forecast was a lot worse than this so we are very, very glad to have made it," he said.

"The rain is a blessing on all of us… from my wife, myself and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here."

"We bring blessings from my grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, and all of our family."

The couple then walked along the beach arm-in-arm talking to ranger Andrew Lamason.

They came across a weka, with Lamason describing the flightless bird as New Zealand's version of a monkey because of their cheeky nature.

They then joined local schoolchildren for lunch, with Milan Chapman, 15, of Motueka High School, describing them as "very nice, chatty and relaxed."

Baby bump on show as Meghan and Prince Harry go on Pacific tour

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    Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Wellington Sunday to a traditional Maori welcome, an official reception disrupted by a fire alarm and a rock star reception during a public walkabout.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the last leg of a 16-day, four-nation tour which was timed to coincide with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.

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    The royals held hands as they left the aircraft where they were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and mingled with the Invictus athletes before heading to a reception at the residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy.

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    They were welcomed to Government House with a traditional haka and performed a hongi greeting with indigenous Maori elders, in which they pressed noses together.

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    There were tears and applause as the royal couple were showered with gifts, including a New Zealand 'Buzzy Bee' toy, which Harry held aloft to the delight of the crowd.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meet participants of Fluro Friday, an event organized by surfing community OneWave tackling mental health issues, during their visit to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia October 19, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meet participants of Fluro Friday, an event organized by surfing community OneWave tackling mental health issues, during their visit to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia October 19, 2018.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet a Koala called Ruby during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on the first day of the Royal couple's visit to Australia October 16, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on the first day of the Royal couple's visit to Australia Tuesday October 16, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk during a visit at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sign the visitor book at Government House, alongside Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau and her husband Anthony Howard at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    ritain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react after starting model Formula 1 cars at a demonstration by Formula 1 in Schools, at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry meets Jacob Thomas (L) at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during a visit to Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during the the royal couple's visit to Australia, in Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, strokes a guide dog at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during the the royal couple's visit to Australia, in Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex with Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex on Day Three of their tour of Australia , the couple visited a beach at Melbourne and joined a clean up operation October 18, 2018.

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    Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex with Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex on Day Three of their tour of Australia , the couple visited a beach at Melbourne and joined a clean up operation October 18, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meets CEO of the Man Cave Hunter Johnson (second left) at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, on the third day of the royal couple's visit to Australia Thursday October 18, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch aboriginal dances at Victoria Park in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, 17 October 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji and will be in Sydney on 20 October to launch the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 sport competition. As the couple arrived in Australia, they announced that the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant and they are expecting a child next spring.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look at a medical training aid designed to simulate a baby in an incubator as they attend the naming and unveiling of a new Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft at Dubbo City Regional Airport, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on the second day of the royal couple's visit to Australia.Wednesday October 17, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveil a new Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft at Dubbo City Regional Airport, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on the second day of the royal couple's visit to Australia. Wednesday October 17, 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen during an afternoon reception hosted by the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2018.

Earlier, the pair expressed their admiration for mental health workers at a beachside morning tea in Wellington.

Sitting alongside Meghan at the Maranui Cafe in Lyall Bay, Harry was unstinting in his praise for the gathered mental health advocates.

"I take my hat off to you guys," he told members of Voices of Hope, which aims to prevent youth suicide.

"Everyone needs someone to turn to right?"

Meghan, sipping from a cup of tea and wearing a grey Club Monaco trench coat to ward off the Wellington chill, added: "You're all doing really excellent work."

The couple are in New Zealand on the final leg of a marathon 16-day tour which has also taken in Australia, Fiji and Tonga.

The trip coincided with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, an Olympic style sporting event for wounded soldiers that Harry helped found.

At the Games' closing ceremony on Saturday Harry spoke of the need to talk openly about anxiety, stress and depression, revealing his own struggles.

"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 said.

Meghan has also used her first royal tour since marrying Harry five months ago to promote her own favoured causes, mainly female empowerment.

After arriving in Wellington Sunday to a traditional Maori welcome, including pressing noses with elders in a hongi greeting, she spoke at a reception honoring 125 years since New Zealand became the first country to give women the vote.

"Bravo New Zealand for championing this right 125 years ago - for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people that this effort has paved the way for globally," she said.

 

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