Pregnant Meghan the star as Pacific royal tour ends

Oscar Cross
November 1, 2018

For their final stop, the royal couple visited Rotorua's Te Papaiouru marae - a sacred meeting house in Polynesian societies - where they participated in a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony called a pōwhiri.

But as schoolchildren on her team chanted "Meghan, Meghan, Meghan", the pregnant duchess gave a flick of the wrist and sent her red-and-white polka dot welly sailing past Harry's best effort. Hannah came to support the royal in the crowd, and when she waved, Meghan recognized her and came over to say hi.

The pair will depart New Zealand tomorrow morning. They got to name two of the center's three-day old chicks, giving them the indigenous names, "Koha" meaning gift, and Tihei, from the Māori saying 'tihei mauriora, ' meaning 'the sneeze of life'.

Before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were confirmed to be dating, the pair were secretly an item for several months in 2016, which allowed them to spend plenty of time together out of the public eye.

The American-born former actress and her husband attended 76 engagements over 16 days in the former British colonies, with Meghan sometimes changing designer outfits four times in a single day. Meanwhile, Harry spotted a toddler wandering in front of the barriers and returned him to his parents.

Earlier in the day, the couple went on their last walkabout and greeted thousands of fans lined up along the streets of Rotorua.

During Meghan Markle's speech about women's right to vote on Sunday, Oct. 28 - in honor of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand - the royal said "bravo" and expressed her admiration and appreciation for "the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote", as well as stressing the major impact the first nation to pass women's suffrage has had globally over the years.

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. "This inspires us all", he said.

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