It hasn't even been a week but The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already been busy royal bees. Nothing has slowed down Meghan, in what we assume is likely the start of her second trimester, and day five was no different.
Harry and Meghan kicked things off by opening the newly restored ANZAC Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park. Harry looked dapper in full military uniform while Meghan chose an appropriately understated black button-down dress from New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead with a Philip Treacy hat. In case you don't remember, it was Wickstead who criticized Meghan's wedding dress, then did a PR-dictated 180. It seems Markle is not the type to hold grudges, though, and looked beautiful in the simple, chic dress as she and Harry paid their respects.
Remembering the fallen — as Australia marks the 100th anniversary of #WW1, the NSW Government is enhancing the Anzac Memorial, which is dedicated to remembering all Australians who have served their country. #WeWillRemember #LestWeForget #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney #Anzac
Upon closer look at the wreath they laid down, the couple had attached a handwritten note on a small card featuring the prince's royal insignia and signed by both he and Meghan. It's those little touches that make us love these two even more.
Harry’s message on the wreath: ‘In memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and in recognition of the men and women for whom the scars endure.’ pic.twitter.com/mPACDc2J7V— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 20, 2018
After a moment of silence for the fallen soldiers, and an Aboriginal smoking ceremony by elder Uncle Roy Mundine, NSW Governor David Hurley addressed the crowd then took Harry and Meghan on a tour of the Hall of Silence, dedicated to Australians who have served in the Defence Forces. The couple then moved on to Sydney's Cockatoo Island for their first Invictus Games event: the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. Harry and Meghan, now in more casual gear and matching Invictus polos, watched as competitors from 12 countries participated in three challenges — a water obstacle course and two precision driving challenges — to see who would medal.
🎮 The Duke of Sussex tested his skills on the children’s driving course at the @InvictusSydney Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. #IG2018 #GameOnDownUnder #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/NtMKs5e8lk— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 20, 2018
Prior to Harry's big speech to kick off the Games, he got in some practice for a captive audience of one and while all the pics of their PDA are adorable, there's something extra-sweet about this one.
An intense thunderstorm may have delayed the opening ceremony but Harry and Meghan are used to wet weather and arrived at the Sydney Opera House for a reception ahead of the big show in fine form. Harry looked great in his suit but it was Meghan who turned heads in a Stella McCartney dress that appears to be topped off by a coat designed by X-Files star-turned-fashion designer Gillian Anderson, who created a capsule collection for London label Winser.
Post-weather delay, Harry opened his speech with a nod to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who opened the Sydney Opera House on this day in 1973 and spoke about how the resilient competitors embody what "being tough" means in today's world, that is "being honest about how we feel both inside and out." But it was when the Duke of Sussex gave a shout-out to the people of Australia where the energy of the place skyroketed. "Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days. I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all." Yes to all of this. Let the Games begin!meghan markleprince harryroyalstrending