MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were greeted with hugs and flowers as they arrived in the city of Dubbo today as the couple’s Australian tour continues.
Little Luke Vincent got up close and personal with the royal couple, who announced they were expecting their first child on the eve of their first overseas tour together.
Both Meghan and Harry got an adorable hug from Luke, five, who told the Prince he was his favourite person after Father Christmas.
Little Luke tugged on Harry’s beard, saying: “I like beards because I like Father Christmas.”
The Buninyong Public School pupil was among the 150-strong welcoming party for the royal visit to the New South Wales city, 190 miles from Sydney.
Harry and Meghan had to contend with heavy rain as the Prince spoke to Australia’s struggling farmers, telling them to ask for help.
She stepped in to hold an umbrella over her husband who joked ‘it’s all right, I’ve got my wife’ when the heavens opened.
They also met with Royal Flying Doctor Service volunteers and unveiled a new plane to mark the service’s 90 years.
Mum-to-be Meghan arrived wearing jeans by Aussie brand Outland, a shirt from Maison Kitsune, Boots from J Crew and a jacket from her friend Serena Williams’ collection and necklace by Natalie Marie.
During their day visit to Dubbo, the parents-to-be also helped out on a local farm and met with farmers there to discuss the drought which has struck the region.
The royal couple headed straight from the airport to meet with flying doctors where they learnt about childbirth using a mannequin.
They also cut a cake to celebrate 90 years of the service and unveiled a new plane.
They then headed to a picnic and barbecue at a park for members of the public where Meghan even baked a banana bread to take with her.
She reportedly made the treat last night in the kitchen at Admiralty House.
The Duke of Sussex said yesterday he and his wife “could not think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby” than Australia.
Kensington Palace revealed that their first child is due next spring, with Meghan saying they are both “excited” about parenthood.
As the couple’s visit to Dubbo continued, Harry and Meghan met a hero medic who pulled three survivors from a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
Ex-soldier Marcus Wilson, who was awarded Australia’s Bravery Medal for his actions, will be taking part in the Invictus Games in the sailing event.
Now manager of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill, New South Wales, the 47-year-old was at Nato HQ in Kabul in October 2015 when a helicopter crashed near where he was standing.
Medically discharged from the army because of a spinal injury, and traumatised by the helicopter crash, Mr Wilson found himself at a loss after leaving Afghanistan.
Then he watched the Invictus Games in Toronto, and volunteered for the Sydney games.
“I have seen how much it has impacted not just on me, but other team members and their families,” he said.
The couple even had to contend with flies as heroic Prince Harry stepped in to swat them away from one woman.
The Duke of Sussex lunged into action to flick away the critters as Meghan laughed by his side.
Meghan was forced to hold a brolly over hubby Harry as a downpour drenched their Oz farm visit.
The Duchess of Sussex smiled at him as he delivered a speech in the rain on Wednesday morning in a drought hit farm that had been praying for rain.
The Prince told the cheering crowd: “Thank you for welcoming me and my wife so warmly.”
He laughed and stumbled over his words as the showers got heavier as he spoke, soaking his blue shirt.
- Couple will fly to the town of Dubbo, situated on the Macquarie River, 186 miles north of Sydney
- Spend time with the Royal Flying Doctor – life-saving aviation services
- Visit farmers hit by drought
- Travel to Victoria Park for picnic to celebrate community spirit
- Afternoon visit to local school working young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
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Harry and Meghan spent their first day in Sydney getting close to wildlife, including meeting two namesake joeys, and were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers outside the famous Opera House after watching an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company.
The duchess, wearing an ivory Karen Gee dress with earrings and a bracelet which belonged to the duke’s mother, Diana, said “Our first baby gift!” when the Governor General handed her the kangaroo.
After being congratulated on their baby news Meghan replied: “Thank you so much. We are very excited.”
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