Prince Harry consoles boy: 'Don't you worry about having just one parent'

Toby Graves
October 31, 2018

In a moment that will be etched forever in the memory of one young Auckland boy and his grandmother, Prince Harry stopped to speak to them during his and Duchess Meghan's walkabout at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour on Tuesday.

The couple were given gifts including a Buzzy Bee - a popular toy from New Zealand - which Harry held in celebration after it was passed down through the rows of crowds.

As well as a gumboot shaped trophy the Duke and Duchess were gifted a set of green and black infant sized gumboots.

The Duke of Sussex was handed a carved weapon during the visit to Rotorua - and warned he should not take it to Twickenham when England play New Zealand.

Some online have suggested that Meghan, who is thought to be in her second trimester, is trying to draw attention to her bump but a midwife has suggested that she might already be feeling her baby's first movements.

"The only time it really comes up is, often off the back of visits, people tend to ask the question".

You will not see the senior royals, such as the Queen or Prince Charles, handing out hugs.

Meghan looked sensational in navy, recycling a dress she wore at the polo previous year.

After meeting children from environmental education programme Trees for Survival, the couple then got their hands dirty to plant the trees before heading over to throw wellies - or gumboots - in the sport of welly-wanging.

The duchess's team - the reds - emerged victorious after she landed her boot a good metre closer to the target than the duke.

'Meghan said "come here" before hugging me'.

The Duke remarked on the initiative saying, "as I learnt in the vehicle there are no incentives (for joining the QCC)".

Prince Harry, who founded the event for wounded servicemen and women in 2014, opened and closed the fourth annual competition with his wife, while The Kingdom Choir, who performed at their wedding in St George's Chapel, also performed during Saturday's closing ceremony.

The royal couple also comforted a five-year-old who was overwhelmed to meet them - by tickling his tummy - and met budding actors dressed as Lord Of The Rings characters.

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