She may be only 12 weeks along, but the baby name game has begun for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex headed out on their 16-day Oceania adventure, a mere day after announcing they’re expecting their first little one in the spring, so naturally there were going to be baby gifts, deep scrutiny of every moment the couple looked at a child with love and a whole lot of questions. Shout out to the Aussie fans who took it upon themselves to get the deets – most importantly, what are they going to call the little bundle of joy?
On a tram ride to South Melbourne Beach in Australia, local students asked the Duchess what she and Harry were planning on naming the next royal baby. Meghan answered that it’s still a little early, but they certainly have no shortage of options.
“We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone, were going to sit down and look at them,” she said. “We haven’t thought of one as it’s still quite early.”
👶🏼🍼They then took a ride on a tram where they were quizzed on baby names by local pupils! Meghan said: “We've been given a long list of names from everyone, we're going to sit down and have a look at them. We haven’t thought of one as it’s still quite early.” pic.twitter.com/2phAmxpNtD— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 18, 2018
Those weren’t the only “aww” moments on day three of the trip. Meghan and Harry met with a group of students from Trinity Grammar School who set up a Formula 1 presentation and had the couple participate in an experiment. Looks like Megs wasn’t ready for the startling start, but of course, Harry was there to check on his girl.
VIDEO:Harry and Meghan met Trunity Grammar students who’d been involved in the F1 in Schools programme. Harry and Meghan got to race 2 mini F1 cars set up on the state dining room table.They forgot to tell them that pressing the “go” buttons would come with quite a bit of noise! pic.twitter.com/qElCLa3xYo— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 18, 2018
Meghan gets the giggles as she meets students involved in the F1 in Schools programme. They showcased two miniature F1 cars set up on the state dining room table which Harry and Meghan got to race. They forgot to tell them that pressing the “go” buttons would be noisy! #melbourne pic.twitter.com/OYUeWbqRzd— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 18, 2018
The couple’s visit to Government House (the official residence of the Victoria Governor) wasn’t all explosive science; Harry and Meghan also met with two groups that focus on issues close to both their hearts: mental health and empowering women.
They talked with local youth leader Hunter Johnson from The Man Cave, a program that focuses on dispelling the stigma around men expressing emotions. Harry, who has talked openly in recent years about how supressing emotions around his mother’s death have negatively affected him, spoke with Johnson about being a role model for young men.
The Duke and Duchess met Hunter Johnson, one of the #QueensYoungLeaders and founder of @themancave_aus, a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence programme for boys and young men. #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/CoSXMGpmHi— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 18, 2018
On the lawn, Harry and Meghan also met with the young women from the This Girl Can Campaign which is all about empowering girls to take up and continue pursuing sports. The ladies engaged in some drills and even had Meghan give rugby a try, though she was a little reluctant. We’ll give her a pass this time, considering she wasn’t really dressed for the occasion, sporting a navy Dion Lee dress and Manolo Blahnik heels.
Video: A rather reluctant #Meghan is encouraged to throw a rugby ball as part of the This Girl Can sports demonstration. I’m not sure she has has thrown a rugby ball for some time (ever??): this is usually #princeharry’s territory! #RoyalTour pic.twitter.com/0jiSJGe2kV— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 18, 2018
For lunch, the couple sampled native ingredients from the area with Chef Greg Hampton (maybe Meghan will throw some lemon Myrtle in the next time she whips up banana bread!. The chef runs social enterprise restaurants that focus on training and employing Indigenous youth in the area.
To cap off the day, Meg and Harry hit the beach, but this wasn’t for a relaxing sunbathe; they were meeting with a group of local kids and other volunteers who participate in a weekly beach clean to keep the South Melbourne Beach essentially spotless. The couple greeted the environment warriors and at one point, Meghan was gifted a tiara by a little fan. How sweet!
In addition to beach cleans, BeachPatrol raise awareness about the issue of plastic in the environment and oceans, which a strong focus on education the younger generation. #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/2W7Lc5rFQI— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 18, 2018
At the end of the busy day, Meghan and Harry headed back to Sydney to spend another night at the Governor General’s residence.Meghan MarklePrince HarryRoyalsTrending