Meghan beats Prince Harry at gumboot throwing competition

Toby Graves
November 1, 2018

Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth had visited the same site on a tour in 1953.

"Excuse me if I jump to English", he said before praising young New Zealanders who are "using their talents to preserve and promote the Maori language".

Meghan did not stand on ceremony, happily participating in a "welly-wanging" (gumboot throwing) competition, halting their royal entourage several times to give shy toddlers a cuddle and bringing her home-made banana bread to afternoon tea in outback Dubbo.

The parents-to-be will fly back to London tomorrow after their 16-day marathon tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. They got to name two of the center's three-day old chicks, giving them the indigenous names, "Koha" meaning gift, and Tihei, from the Māori saying 'tihei mauriora, ' meaning 'the sneeze of life'.

While attending the ceremonies in the small town, the soon mother-to-be met a lot of her admirers with her husband.

Markle, who is expecting a baby in the spring with Prince Harry, also paid homage to New Zealanders by opening her speech with a formal Maori greeting, and she also accessorized her black Gabriela Hearst dress with a necklace that featured a traditional Maori design, according to People.

The day before, Prince Harry drew cheers from Aukland's Pasifika community as he greeted them in six Pacific languages.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made light of the grizzly conditions, describing her country as "the land of the long white cloud where a little bit of rain tends to fall from". "This inspires us all", he said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have finished their first foreign tour as a married couple and will soon be leaving New Zealand following a jam-packed schedule.

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