Meghan and Harry have arrived at Sydney’s Bondi Beach, with the world’s most famous couple greeting thousands of royal fans as they continue their whirlwind tour of Australia.
The purpose of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit will come back into focus on Friday, with the prince officially marking the arrival of the Invictus Games in the Harbour City.
The mother and father-to-be arrived in Bondi just before 8.30am, waving to the cheering crowd as they made their way to the sand.
Meghan wore a stylish monochrome dress by Australian designer Martin Grant, while the prince opted for a more casual look compared with previous days, donning beige chinos and a blue shirt.
Meghan wore a stylish monochrome dress by Australian designer Martin Grant as she and Harry arrived in Bondi on Friday
The mother and father-to-be arrived in Bondi just before 8.30am. The pair are pictured making their way to the sand
The prince opted for a more casual look compared with previous days, donning beige chinos and a blue shirt. He slipped off his shoes as he stepped on to Bondi’s famous sand
Meghan is pictured placing her hand on her tiny baby bump as she arrived in Bondi. The couple on Monday announced they were expecting their first child
Thousands of royal fans have gathered at Sydney’s Bondi Beach as the world’s most famous couple continue their whirlwind tour of Australia
Royal fever hit Bondi on Friday morning as thousands of Australians gathered to catch a glimpse of Meghan and Price Harry
Local artist Lizmania arrived at the iconic beach at about 5.30am with hopes of being the first half-woman, half-fish to meet the royal couple.
‘I’m the Bondi mermaid,’ the local institution said. ‘We’re just going to say hello to the Duke and Duchess. I’m going to be lying down in the water there.’
Lizmania – which has been her real name for the past 12 years – was with her Pomeranian poodle, Tipseatoes.
‘Tipseatoes is going to be the first merpuppy that gets a royal hug,’ she said. ‘This is going to be the first time that the Duke and Duchess have glitter on them.’
The Duke and Duchess of Dussex will meet surfing group OneWave and take part in the group’s mental health awareness session, Fluro Friday.
Bondi artist Lizmania arrived at the beach about 5.30am with hopes of being the first half-woman, half-fish to meet the royal couple
The mother and father-to-be arrived at the iconic beach at about 8.30am and will once again meet and greet the public
A woman and child dressed up to take part in ‘Fluro Friday’, which coincides with the royal couple’s visit to Bondi Beach
They will later take part in a youth advocate program and will talk with students about social justice and youth empowerment.
Prince Harry will then take his trip to Sydney to new heights by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
To officially welcome the Invictus Games to the city, the Duke, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and athletes will scale the bridge to plant the Invictus flag.
Before Prince Harry and Meghan arrived on Friday morning, Lizmania happily posed on the sand with a pair of policemen
Harry and Meghan share a laugh as they headed to the beach in Melbourne to pick up litter with local schoolchildren – but kept on their coats and shoes on the sand
But the Duchess of Sussex will give the bridge climb a miss.
The newlywed’s tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney which runs from October 20-28.
The sporting event founded by Prince Harry in 2014 gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
Harry and Meghan delighted the crowds as they met primary school students at South Melbourne beach today
Cranky in the country! Prince Harry playfully mocks a little girl because she didn’t want to get a photo with him
Prince Harry has cheekily mocked a young girl (pictured) who put a hand on her hips and refused to take a photograph with the royal
Prince Harry cheekily mocked a camera-shy young girl who refused to pose for a photograph with the visiting royal.
While thousands of fans have clamoured for a piece of the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle, this toddler in Dubbo had other ideas.
She placed her left hand on her hip and stubbornly refused to move forward and say hello to a bemused prince.
He in turn placed his hands on his hips to playfully mimic the young girl before bending down to give her a hug.
The girl’s parents were heard in the background giggling at their daughter’s behaviour during the meet-and-greet in Dubbo on Wednesday before pushing her slightly forward to chat to the prince.
The couple arrived back in Sydney on Thursday evening after spending the day delighting eager fans in Melbourne.
The Duke and Duchess dabbled in some footy, got a taste of Australia’s native cuisine, took a tram ride with school children and visited a blustery bayside beach.
Friday is the couple’s second day in Sydney after a jam-packed Tuesday where they greeted fans at Sydney Opera House, watched a rehearsal from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bangarra Dance Theatre, visited Taronga Zoo and attended a reception at Admiralty House.
Harry’s hug for one young woman at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Thursday reduced her to tears of joy
Harry and Meghan were mobbed and the Duchess admitted she was a ‘bit tired’ and ‘running on adrenaline’ in the early stages of pregnancy
The Duchess of Sussex has taken Australia by storm with thousands turning out every day to catch a glimpse of her or meet her (pictured at Government House on Thursday)
Prince Harry and Meghan react to the heavy rain as they visit students from Dubbo College Senior Campus where the Duchess was hailed as a role model by aboriginal students
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.
Harry and Meghan (pictured in Melbourne) will visit New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga after finishing the Australian leg of their royal tour
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