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Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin New Zealand tour

The final country of a four-country trip, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the journey to New Zealand for the last leg of the tour.

The royal couple flew across with Invictus Team New Zealand and were greeted by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern in Wellington.

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From the airport, Prince Harry and Meghan travelled to Government House where they were greeted with a pōwhiri, which included a Haka. They were also invited to hongi with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders).

Next on the busy afternoon was laying a wreath at the National War Memorial. The set up wasn’t traditional as a walkabout was planned at the same location.

The public seemed to forget themselves as they screamed and cheered for Harry and Meghan as they laid a wreath – a typically sombre occasion.

The crowd did catch on in time to go silent for the ‘Last Post’.

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Followed by a viewing of the War Memorial, the Duke and Duchess had a short walkabout. Some of those in the crowd had lined up for the 4:30 pm event at 10 am in the chilly winds.

Amelia Hawke got the chance to meet Prince Harry again.

“It was the second time I’ve met him so I told him ‘good to see you again’.”

The visit was brief, but Hawke was happy to meet Meghan this time around. They quickly spoke about mental health.

“You can tell she really cares,” added Hawke.

The Duke and Duchess attended an evening reception, hosted by the Governor General, on the first night at Government House, where they met with Prime Minister Ardern and the leader of New Zealand’s opposition Simon Bridges, among others.

Meghan gave her third speech of the tour, focusing on women’s rights and the right to vote, saying, “We are proud to be able to join you tonight in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in your country.”

She went on to add, “Yes, women’s suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness.”

Continuing her powerful speech, Her Royal Highness remarked, “Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community.

“The involvement and the voice that allows you to be a part of the very world you are a part of.

“And women’s suffrage is not simply about the right to vote for women, but also what that represents:

“The basic and fundamental human right of all people, including those members of society who have been marginalised, whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity or orientation, to be able to participate in the choices for their future and their community.“

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