Harry and Meghan in Melbourne for third day of royal tour of Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have set off for Melbourne where they will meet, greet, eat and stroll on the beach during the third day of the couple’s whirlwind Australian tour.

Following their trip to the farming community of Dubbo, Harry and Meghan boarded a plane in Sydney on Thursday morning, with the mother-to-be donning an elegant navy dress and the prince a matching blue suit.

The couple will start their day in Melbourne with a short walk to Government House, meeting members of the public along the way in the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Later, they will attend an official Reception at Government House, meeting a diverse group of young Victorian leaders and community members.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured boarding a plane in Sydney) have set off for Melbourne

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured boarding a plane in Sydney) have set off for Melbourne

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured boarding a plane in Sydney) have set off for Melbourne

Following their hugely successful trip to the farming community of Dubbo, Harry and Meghan are flying to Melbourne for the third day of their Australian tour

They will include Queen’s Young Leader Hunter Johnson, founder of The Man Cave mental health initiative, a cause close to Harry’s heart.

Last year the prince opened up about his own personal battles with his anger and inner demons and how he sought professional help for these issues.

A demonstration of sporting activities will take place in the grounds of the residence attended by ambassadors from the This Girl Can campaign, representing a wide spectrum of ages, diverse cultural backgrounds and levels of ability.

Based on the Sport England campaign, This Girl Can in Victoria celebrates women embracing sport, and has so far empowered 285,000 women to get active since 2017.

Harry and Meghan (pictured in Sydney) will start their day in Melbourne with a short walk to Government House

Harry and Meghan (pictured in Sydney) will start their day in Melbourne with a short walk to Government House

Harry and Meghan (pictured in Sydney) will start their day in Melbourne with a short walk to Government House

There couple have two further engagements that cannot be announced in advance for security reasons, but will later enjoy a trip on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach.

It’s likely to be a shiny new carriage fit for a king, or at least sixth-in-line-to-the-throne.

At the beach, they will join volunteers and school children from the local BeachPatrol group.

Their Royal Highnesses will learn about efforts to keep Port Phillip Bay beaches and foreshores clear of litter to reduce the negative impact on the marine environment.   

Victorian Premier and republican Daniel Andrews met Prince Harry and Meghan at the airport on Thursday morning.

‘We’ll be delighted to have them here,’ he said.

‘There’s some activities at Government House including an opportunity for the royal couple to meet lots of Victorians who I’m sure will be queued up to say hello and to say congratulations on the pregnancy.’

After a busy day in Melbourne, Prince Harry and Meghan are due to head back to Sydney. 

Prince Harry and Meghan react to the heavy rain as they visit students from Dubbo College Senior Campus on Wednesday

Prince Harry and Meghan react to the heavy rain as they visit students from Dubbo College Senior Campus on Wednesday

Prince Harry and Meghan react to the heavy rain as they visit students from Dubbo College Senior Campus on Wednesday

Meghan held an umbrella up for her husband Prince Harry as the rain poured down while he gave a speech in Dubbo on Wednesday

Meghan held an umbrella up for her husband Prince Harry as the rain poured down while he gave a speech in Dubbo on Wednesday

Meghan held an umbrella up for her husband Prince Harry as the rain poured down while he gave a speech in Dubbo on Wednesday

Heartwarming moments between Harry and Meghan on their Australian tour  

BABY NEWS

Touching down at Sydney International Airport on Monday, Harry protectively guided Meghan to an awaiting car. Just hours later, Kensington Palace tweeted that the couple were expecting a baby.

PROUD PARENTS TO BE

In their first appearance since the news of Meghan’s pregnancy broke, the couple smiled proudly and held hands on their tour through Admiralty House on Tuesday morning. It was there that the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove gifted the couple a toy kangaroo with joey and a pair of tiny ugg boots.

HARRY UPSTAGED

Prince Harry jokingly scolded a man for gifting his wife a $500 bunch of flowers at Taronga Zoo on Tuesday morning. “You can’t give flowers that big to my wife, what is that all about?” Harry joked. Meghan thanked the man for the extravagant arrangement.

WATCH YOUR STEP

Later in the day, the couple held hands as they walked down the steps of the Sydney Opera House to the cheers of thousands of fans. Harry had his gaze on the steps as Meghan made her way down in a pair of sky-high stiletto heels.

PARENTS-IN-TRAINING

Harry and Meghan have enjoyed their time with children on the tour and in many instances have crouched down to get closer to them. In a particularly touching moment in Dubbo on Wednesday, the couple ignored protocol and embraced five-year-old Luke Vincent, who has Down syndrome. The youngster pulled on Harry’s facial hair and handed Meghan flowers.

TEAMWORK

As Harry delivered a speech at Dubbo’s Victoria Park on Wednesday afternoon, Meghan held an umbrella over his head in an effort to shield him from the pouring rain. The former-actress encouragingly nodded as Harry spoke of the resilience of Australian farmers.

Meanwhile, the royal couple’s visit to Dubbo on Wednesday didn’t only bring smiles to people’s faces and rain to their dry paddocks, but it’s also expected to bring a huge economic benefit to the local economy.

‘It’s been fantastic, to think that a young bloke from England can turn up to western NSW and our hotels are full, our cafes and restaurants are full,’ Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields said.

‘Yes, the extra cash is great but also the morale boost to the people of Dubbo is amazing. Our farmers are doing it tough and it just goes to show the power of the monarchy.’

Five-year-old Dubbo boy Luke Vincent stole the show on Wednesday, wrapping his arms around the duke’s neck and reaching to stroke his beard after the embrace was over. 

Anne Van Dartel, the principal of Buninyong Public School, said Luke loved beards, and the royal had instantly become his favourite person.

‘Luke’s favourite person was Santa Claus, who has a beard… and now it’s Prince Harry,’ she said.

The dust has barely settled from the couple’s whirlwind trip to the country, but it’s already obvious the visit will be one that will be remembered for years to come. 

Five-year-old Dubbo boy Luke Vincent stole the show on Wednesday, wrapping his arms around the duke's neck and reaching to stroke his beard

Five-year-old Dubbo boy Luke Vincent stole the show on Wednesday, wrapping his arms around the duke's neck and reaching to stroke his beard

Five-year-old Dubbo boy Luke Vincent stole the show on Wednesday, wrapping his arms around the duke’s neck and reaching to stroke his beard

In Dubbo, Harry and Meghan were mobbed and the Duchess admitted she was a 'bit tired' and 'running on adrenaline' in the early stages of pregnancy

In Dubbo, Harry and Meghan were mobbed and the Duchess admitted she was a 'bit tired' and 'running on adrenaline' in the early stages of pregnancy

In Dubbo, Harry and Meghan were mobbed and the Duchess admitted she was a ‘bit tired’ and ‘running on adrenaline’ in the early stages of pregnancy

Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind three-week tour of Australasia

Tuesday, October 16: Sydney, Australia – The first day of the tour began and ended at Admiralty House after a visit to the zoo and Sydney Opera House.

Wednesday, October 17: Dubbo, Australia – The couple flew to Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, to meet drought affected farmers, followed by a visit to a local school and a community BBQ.

Thursday, October 18: Melbourne, Australia – Harry and Meghan arrived in the southern city, visiting Government House and social enterprise café. The Duke and Duchess will travel on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach

Friday, October 19: Sydney, Australia – Harry and Meghan will visit Bondi Beach. Later the Duke will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag.

Saturday, October 20: Sydney, Australia –  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. In the evening, Harry and Meghan will attend a reception at the Opera House.

Sunday, October 21: Sydney, Australia – Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will watch some Invictus Games events, including cycling and sailing.

Monday October 22: Fraser Island, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Queensland’s Fraser Island.

Tuesday, October 23: Suva, Fiji – Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport, before calling on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House followed by a State Dinner.

Wednesday, October 24: Suva, Fiji – His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial, and meet a number of Fijian war veterans. The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence and to Suva Market.

Thursday,  October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Duke and Duchess will travel to the city of Nadi and unveil a new statue. Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga

Friday,  October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess will visit the St George Building for meet the Prime Minister and will travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before departing for Sydney, where they will attend the the Australian Geographic Society Awards

Saturday, October 27: Sydney, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals of the Invictus Games, before attending the Closing Ceremony

Sunday, October 28: Wellington, New Zealand – The pair will attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House

Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand – The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand and will travel to Abel Tasman National Park

Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will then join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand. Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand – The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua. Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Later that afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there

Thursday, November 1: Their Royal Highnesses will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day

 

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