If you’ve been at all invested in Meghan and Harry’s Royal Oceania tour, you know that this thing has been full-on Baby Watch for 16 straight days and we’ve been totally loving it. The couple’s last day brought arguably the sweetest “look at how these two will be as parents” moment yet when they visited the Rainbow Springs Nature Park in Rotorua to check out the kiwi bird breeding program.
Meghan and Harry met ‘Koha’ (gift) & ‘Tihei’ (sneeze) baby kiwis which are just three days old pic.twitter.com/PBUSX1Me63— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 31, 2018
Aren’t they adorable? The couple gave the tiny birds names in Māori – the language of the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand – “Koha” meaning “gift” and “Tihei” meaning “sneeze.” It’s a long shot, but we have to say, these two are showing their cards early as A+ namers of small living creatures. Hmmm, wonder when they might use that very specific skill?
New Zealand’s national bird has become increasingly more endangered in recent years and these two new additions (as well as one chick that hatched while the Royals were at the centre) are part of conservationists’ breeding program to bolster the population again.
Harry and Meghan have just met a kiwi chick that hatched moments ago. Very exciting. The couple have changed, the Duchess now in Givenchy as they visit a Kiwi hatchery pic.twitter.com/Gf8AK5n3Ax— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 31, 2018
Before Harry and Meghan were meeting the future of the kiwi, the Royals participated in a traditional pōwhiri (a Māori welcoming ceremony) with singing, dancing and the Māori hongi greeting where two people press their noses together. The couple were given formal cloaks called Korowai to wear during the event and Meghan also added her own nod to the Māori culture – a necklace featuring a large jade stone called Pounamu which has spiritual significance. The necklace was designed by Māori fashion and jewellery designer Kiri Nathan.
#harryandmeghan meet Royal flagstaff bearer Shaloh Mitchell, 44, & his daughters (with great hongis). The flag had been in his family since 1901 when the duke of Cornwall gifted it in recognition of their loyalty. pic.twitter.com/pMISHg2wCe— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 30, 2018
Meghan Duchess of Duchess and Prince Harry visit Te Papaiouru Marae on the final day of their #RoyalTourNZ where they received a Korowai traditional Maori cloak #RoyalVisitNZ #Royals pic.twitter.com/QLoVhgRWkk— Rookie (@royalfocus1) October 31, 2018
After the ceremony, the couple were treated to a private lunch. Meghan reportedly asked specifically to speak with the ladies who were making the meal and offered to cook with them. It’s not the first time the Duchess has rolled up her sleeves at a Royal event. She co-authored a cookbook with the women affected by the Grenfell fire earlier this year. At the book’s launch, she and the ladies cooked traditional recipes together.
Later in the day, the Duke and Duchess gave their last walkabout of the tour to meet with their admirers in the streets of Rotorua. The Sussexes were given small gifts and doled out big hugs.
What a day in Rotorua. Worth every minute of the 6 hour wait.— Anna Louise Solich (@annasolich) October 31, 2018
Handsome Prince Harry shook our hands 😍🤗👑 @PHarry_Meghan duke #bestday #princeharry #iloveprinceharry #rotorua #royalvisit pic.twitter.com/u1L6KtZkiH
After a quick wardrobe change, the Royals capped off the day at the Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua -- a 700m-long walkway of suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees. The Duke and Duchess walked around and took in the view from both the ground and high up in the trees.
For anyone requiring one last Harry/Meghan moment from the tour to solidify their love in your memory forever, they finished their forest walk with a casual hand-held stroll past photographers.
Looks like that’s a wrap. The couple will fly back to London Thursday morning for what we can assume is some much needed R&R.Meghan MarklePrince HarryRoyalsTrending