Meghan Markle applauded for speaking Māori in New Zealand suffrage speech

Meghan Markle applauded for speaking Māori in New Zealand suffrage speech

Meghan Markle applauded for speaking Māori in New Zealand suffrage speech

The couple spent 10 days on official engagements in Australia, winding up with the Sydney closing ceremony of the Invictus Games for war wounded that Prince Harry founded.

Just before boarding the flight to New Zealand they chatted to NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, representing the Premier of NSW, and the federal member of Parliament for Berowra, Julian Leeser, representing the Prime Minister.

Meghan stunned in a burgundy Hugo Boss dress, which she paired with a Cuyana bag and the peach suede Aquazzura Casablanca pumps she wore the night before.

Harry and Meghan were greeted with a powhiri - a ceremony involving singing and dancing - in Wellington.

The royals then returned to Government House for meetings with Ardern and the leader of the opposition Simon Bridges, ahead of a reception hosted by the Governor-General marking the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage.

The evening got off to a false start after the building had to be evacuated just moments before Meghan and Harry were due to be officially welcomed.

An aspiring designer gave Meghan a brooch during her first walkabout in New Zealand and was "amazed" to see the duchess pin it on immediately.

The nation of 4.8 million is the final stop on the couple's busy 16-day tour of Australia and the Pacific.

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

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'I didn't want to talk at them.

Government Kaumātua and Māori Advisor Piri Sciascia says Prince Harry was very comfortable engaging with Māori culture as it was not his first visit to New Zealand.

Visits to Auckland and Rotorua will also form part of the New Zealand leg of their tour, before they leave on Thursday to return to the UK.

The event they were attending was aimed at celebrating the city's thriving creative arts scene. After that Prince Harry inspected the Guard of Honour and spoke to some soldiers.

Inside Government House, parents-to-be Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, met prime minister Jacinda Ardern, 38, who had her first child, a daughter, in June.

The royal couple landed in Wellington earlier in the day.

After welcoming the assembled dignitaries, Meghan offered a formal greeting in te reo Māori.

The royal couple watched most of the wheelchair basketball final and then presented gold medals to the United States team which comfortably beat the Netherlands by 29 points to 17.

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