There were many adorable moments between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their recent royal tour together, but there was one that we all missed… until now.
In a candid photo posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram page, the Meghan Markleproudly shows off her growing baby bump, while walking through Redwoods Forest in Rotorua, New Zealand on the last day of her and the Duke’s royal tour.
The snap was captured by her husband Prince Harry. It shows a beaming Meghan stands sideways with her hands on her stomach over her Norrøna coat.
Along with the photo, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanked everyone for an amazing royal tour.
“Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis,” the caption reads.
“Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.”
Meghan and Harry completed their 16-day tour on Wednesday. They announced they’re expecting their first child in spring 2019, at the beginning of their trip. The Duchess is believed to be around four months pregnant.
Conservation, mental health and the importance of the Commonwealth have been the main focus of their royal tour, but Meghan has also given three powerful speeches, where she has spoken about education and women’s rights.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in New Zealand
Just yesterday Meghan, who is pregnant with her first child with Prince Harry, was pictured talking to children outside one of Wellington’s most iconic cafes, Maranui Café.
However, while all the kids in the line-up seemed thrilled to be meeting royalty, the excitement of the day got a little bit too much for one little boy at the end of the line.
The boy, who is believed to be named Joe, could be seen in the photos with his head down and rubbing his eyes as Meghan got closer to him.
And when the 37-year-old saw how shy Joe was, she knelt down in front of him and gave him a reassuring pat on the belly.
When that didn’t work, the Duchess took the homemade flag the boy had created and began to wave it.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Melbourne
During their time in Melbourne, Prince Harry reduced one girl to tears as he broke royal protocol giving her a hug.
Student India Brown, 19, was in the crowds to greet Harry and Meghan at the Royal Botanic Gardens.
When she asked if she could have a hug, Harry accepted her offer whilst also slightly teasing her.
“He just said ‘you are going to get me into trouble’,” she recalled to reporters later on.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Dubbo visit
Earlier in the tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met five-year-old schoolboy Luke Vincent, who was overjoyed to come face-to-face with the royal couple.
He’d been waiting for the royal couple for hours, and in a heartwarming moment, the kindergartener dove straight in for a cuddle with Harry as the royal bent down to greet him.
The young boy, who has Down syndrome, was fascinated by the Duke of Sussex’s scruffy beard, and he reached in to touch it before presenting a pregnant Meghan with a some flowers and a hug.
According to Luke’s mum, he “loves” beards.
“Luke’s favourite person is Santa Claus, isn’t it?” she told 7News, to which Luke replied, “Yeah, Santa Claus.”
Mrs. Vincent admitted she was slightly concerned after Luke “jumped up” on Harry, as she was told there was a “no touching” rule around the royals.
“I was very concerned once he started rubbing Prince Harry’s face and his hair, but Prince Harry was completely gracious,” she said. “And was so polite and realised what was happening and his infatuation with his beard.
“We can only thank him so much for treating Luke with such respect.”
Meghan Markle is pregnant
Just hours after they arrived in Australia at the beginning of the royal tour, Harry and Meghan announced they were expecting their first child together.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in statement on Twitter.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”
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