They've been in the country less than 24 hours but Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already made a gushing…
They’ve been in the country less than 24 hours but Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already made a gushing impression on Kiwis.
Day two of their tour of New Zealand kicked off this morning with a visit to Wellington’s Maranui
The couple charmed Kiwis yesterday, whether from a simple hug at the airport or from Meghan’s speech to guests at last night’s function at Government House, which was met with thunderous applause.
Her speech, about women’s suffrage, began simply but effectively with three words, “Tēnā koutou katoa,” before she thanked Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy for inviting Prince Harry and herself to the event.
This morning the royal couple had morning tea at Lyall Bay’s popular Maranui Cafe at 10am with a number of representatives from mental health projects.
“We didn ‘ t believe it, we thought it was a fairy tale, for us it was completely out of the blue.
“Staff from the royal palace when they were doing the pre-planning came to Maranui, they really loved the vibe, the atmosphere and I think that it’s because it’s right next to the beach, it really offered something … that coast but unique sort of feeling. “
Kelly said she was” super nervous “
” We got asked and obviously did not quite believe it was going to happen and now today’s the day, super nervous. “
“She’s been thinking about what to offer, especially with Meghan being pregnant. As it’s just a morning tea it makes it quite simple, so we’re just going to offer some really delicious yummy little baking treats, som vil tilbyde nogle gode lokale New Zealand produkter. “
“People keep joking.”
“People keep joking about the curtsy. I do not curtsy. I’d like to do a high five but I’m not sure that would be appropriate and whether I’m taken out by a bodyguard with my hand raised, so who knows. “ An umbrella could be in order later than intermittent shower
They will then join some of the Park’s young ambassadors and school children for a barbecue lunch and tree planting.
Director Darryl Wilson said the park was a special place for New Zealanders and he hoped the couple would give its pest eradication scheme the exposure it deserved.
” For me personally it is a great profile-building exercise for the conservation work that is being conducted in the Abel Tasman. “
” I would like to think that they will be profiling the work that the Abel Tasman Trust has been doing in the park. We are basically world leading with the technology and science behind pest eradication and now we are getting into the interesting stage of reintroducing bird and plant species. “
As for the excitement levels in the area with the couple’s impending arrival, Wilson said it was relatively “muted” as there would be no opportunity for other locals to meet or see them while they were in the area.
After their visit they will then return to Wellington and meet young artists involved in Courtenay Creative, a fantasy horror makeup, costume and virtual reality facility.
The couple with national party leader Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie on Sunday afternoon – albeit slightly late after a fire alarm was activated, apparently by an air freshener in the toilets .
They then met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern again before attending a reception hosted by the Governor-General to celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.