Meghan Markle cheers up a shy schoolboy and Prince Harry gives him a tummy tickle

THIS is the adorable moment a shy schoolboy got a tummy tickle from Prince Harry when he met the royal couple.

Little Joe Young, five, was comforted by parents to be Harry and Meghan when he became overwhelmed outside a cafe in New Zealand.

Shy Joe Young got a tummy tickle from Prince Harry when he met the royal couple outside a cafe in Wellington

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had visited Maranui Cafe in Wellington on Monday to meet with mental health workers and discuss their work.

Ten pupils from nearby Houghton Valley School got the chance to meet the couple as they left the cafe, with one of the children handing Meghan flowers.

Joe was on the end of the line of pupils and rubbed his eyes as the royal visitors approached.

The duchess kneeled and touched his hand and the duke then went in to tickle Joe’s stomach.

Meghan also comforted little Joe who was overwhelmed at meeting the couple
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She leant down to speak with Joe after eight-year-old Max Dash gave the flowers to the duchess
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Harry and Meghan enjoyed a meeting with representatives of mental health projects at Marenui Cafe
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The Duchess of Sussex shakes hands with a child as she and Prince Harry meet children outside a cafe
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Abel Tasman National Park, on day two of the royal couple’s tour of New Zealand
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Meghan went back into the cafe and asked staff to bring out trays of cakes for the youngsters
The duchess poured herself a tea as she joined husband Prince Harry in the cafe

The couple made their way down the line, with eight-year-old Max Dash giving the flowers to the duchess.

Mum-to-be Meghan, wearing Outland jeans, a Jac+Jack top and a Club Monaco coat, went back into the cafe and asked staff to bring out trays of cakes for the youngsters as she “really wanted all the food to be brought outside for the children”.

The duchess said today young people and their sense of self-worth can become “really skewed” by social media.

Meghan was speaking to youngsters about how unrealistic images on sites such as Instagram can have an impact on mental health.

She said: “Young people find it so difficult.

“You see photos on social media and you don’t know whether she’s born with it or maybe it’s a filter.

“Your judgment of your sense of self-worth becomes really skewed when it’s all based on likes.”

The couple arrive at the military terminal to board an Air Force NH90 helicopter that will take them to Tasman in Wellington
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It was a rainy day at Abel Tasman National Park, which sits at the north-Eastern tip of the South Island
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Meghan changed into some trainers for their walk in the rain
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Monica Young-Leathers, eight, said: “I begged to come up here and shake hands with Prince Harry and Meghan and surprisingly my teacher said yes.

“It was really exciting.”

Edith Prebble, six, was practising her curtseys in the line before the duke and duchess arrived.
She said: “My granny sent a text to my dad saying I hope you get to curtsey.

“I said ‘My name is Edith’ and they said ‘it’s very nice to meet you’.”

Rewa Ririnui, eight, said: “The most amazing thing ever happened to me.

Meghan wore Outland jeans, a Jac+Jack top and a Club Monaco coat
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Details of the shoes worn by The Duchess of Sussex, during a meeting with young people in Wellington
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Harry waves to the crowds in Wellington on day 14 of their royal tour
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured ahead of their meeting with young people in the mental health sector
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Rewa added: “We were told we were going to get a big surprise and they said when they come down the stairs you’ll get a thumbs up.

“And we wondered who was going to come down the stairs and I was so surprised when Harry and Meghan came down and shook our hands.”

Harry and Meghan are on day 14 of their royal tour and are set to take a helicopter to Abel Tasman National Park at tip of South Island for a beach walk.

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