The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had no engagements on the morning of Day 13, as they spent those hours travelling from Sydney to Wellington, New Zealand. The couple, who were joined by New Zealand's Invictus team on the Royal New Zealand Air Force plane, kicked off the final leg of their tour with Harry looking dashing in a charcoal suit while Meghan slayed it in a plum BOSS dress.
#harryandmeghan wave goodbye to Australia 🇦🇺 & are just about to land in Wellington for #RoyalVisitNZ. They’ll be met by @jacindaardern & pose for a 📷 with Kiwi @InvictusSydney competitors with whom they travelled on a RNZAF flight from Sydney. pic.twitter.com/yUjo9VJQT8— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 28, 2018
But while the wind whipped up Meghan's hair upon their departure, that was just a slight breeze compared to what was awaiting them in New Zealand. During the three-hour flight, Meghan changed into a black ASOS maternity dress topped with a plaid Karen Walker trench coat but it was almost no match for the Wellington wind gusts and significantly lower temperatures.
Kia ora! Harry and Meghan (in an @ASOS Maternity Wear dress and @karenwalker trench coat) step out in windy Wellington after flying over with the @InvictusSydney Team New Zealand competitors. pic.twitter.com/uPenMLjTcC— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 28, 2018
After meeting with dignitaries, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and posing for a group shot with the athletes, the royals headed to Government House where they received the traditional hongi welcome from Māori elders and Governor-Generals Kaumātua and Kuia.
The couple were also greeted with a dance from the Māori Welcoming Party before heading to the Pukeahu National War Memorial. Harry and Meghan laid a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior before the prince himself was honoured by the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association.
Harry and Meghan than did a walkabout in Wellington, where thousands had gathered to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There was the moment between Harry, a young girl and her guide dog (because you know he and Meghan are suckers for an adorable canine).
A young woman, 24-year-old Caitlin Shepherd, got to tell Meghan that she was a "total inspiration."
Caitlin Shepherd, 24, from California meets her “total inspiration” #duchessofsussex “I’m in total awe of her, she’s a bi-racial actress like me and she’s used her platform to speak up for feminism and mental disorders. She told me not to cry and touched my hand it was great”. pic.twitter.com/c9p9Pf4TMO— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 28, 2018
But it was 10-year-olds Sophie Hubbard and Hope Watson who made every royal fan jealous ... by getting a pic with the royal couple. For future, apparently all one has to do is ask and Harry will throw protocol out the window.
Jan Richardson had a novel approach for getting a pic with H&M with girls Sophie Hubbard and Hope Watson, both 10. “I got blunt" she admitted. "I just asked 'can I get a photo, can I get a photo?' and Harry said 'Yeah, sure!'” This was the cracking result! pic.twitter.com/zpsbs4GJ3h— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 28, 2018
For the couple's first night in New Zealand, Harry and changed into a dark suit while Meghan donned a Gabriela Hearst gown, met up with the PM once again, and headed to a reception hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.
It was there that Meghan gave a passionate speech about women's suffrage. She started it off on a good note, with the formal Māori greeting "tēnā koutou katoa," which earned her a cheer.
Duchess Meghan has given her third (impressive) speech of the tour this evening at a Government House reception hosted by @GovGeneralNZ: “We are proud to be able to join you tonight in celebrating the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in your country.” pic.twitter.com/1SLM8jP8Ly— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 28, 2018
But it was Meghan's words about New Zealand's history of leading the charge when it came to "championing this right a hundred and twenty-five years ago for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote and for all the people that this effort has paved the way for globally."
"Feminism is about fairness”👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/1ELhftxVAs— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 28, 2018
It was her third speech of the tour and, once again, it was impressive, not that there was any doubt. The subject matter was one near and dear to Meghan's heart and, according to royal reporter Emily Andrews, written entirely by the Duchess. And to get to say it to a female prime minister and female governor-general had to be rewarding for the duchess. As far as we're concerned, Meghan can write and say all the speeches going forwardmeghan markleprince harryroyalstrending