It’s been just over 24 hours since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they are expecting their first child next year and already, people are beside themselves with joy. The couple has also embarked on the first day of their two-week tour of Oceania and it’s clear this trip is going to be all babies, all the time.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began day one in Sydney, Australia to meet with the Australian Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, at his official residence, Admiralty House. The GG and his wife Lady Lynn Cosgrove, welcomed Harry and Meghan and gifted them a stuffed kangaroo (with a joey in her pouch) and a pair of baby Ugg boots. Just barely out of the first trimester and this baby is all-but guaranteed to have an enviable closet.
With a mom like Markle, though, that’s not surprising. The Duchess wore Australian designer Karen Gee on Monday and within a few hours of being pictured in the ivory dress, the designer’s website crashed from the flurry of people eager to buy the look. The Meghan Effect strikes again.
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are presented with baby gifts, including a cuddly toy kangaroo, by Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove.— ABC News (@ABC) October 16, 2018
The royal couple has just begun a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. https://t.co/hO1TVNp4b0 pic.twitter.com/80ztmQz2LQ
After the official meeting, the royal couple traveled to the Taronga Zoo to attend the opening of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. The new initiative will focus on aspects of wildlife conservation both in animal breeding – the couple met two members of the koala program – and combatting illegal wildlife trafficking. Conservation is something close to the hearts of both Harry and Prince William who traveled to Namibia recently to participate in anti-poaching efforts there.
Established in 1916, @TarongaZoo is Australia's oldest zoological park – their commitment to conservation science has culminated in the development of the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, whose work in forensic science has helped put controls in place to reduce illegal wildlife laundering. The new Institute, which will offer never-before seen learning opportunities for Australian students, was opened by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex today. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney
In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess took a trip to the famous Sydney Opera House for a performance by the Bangarra Dance Theatre -- an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modern dance company. The group is preparing for their upcoming tour of India and Japan called “Spirit 18.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex view an incredible performance of 'Spirit 2018' at @SydneyOperaHouse by Bangarra Dance Theatre – who are preparing for their International Tour to India and Japan. @BangarraDanceTheatre is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, and one of Australia's leading performing arts companies. #RoyalVisitAustralia #Sydney #Australia
On their way back, Meghan and Harry stopped to meet with members of their adoring public including kids (!!!) and reportedly told parents they were “so excited to join the club.”
Harry was also able to introduce Meghan to a dear old friend of his – 98-year-old Daphne Dunne. Dunne is the sweet war widow who has been known to steal kisses from the prince when they meet. She previously met him in 2015 and 2017 when the prince visited Australia and has been dubbed Harry’s “Aussie Girlfriend.”
Royal Tour: Harry introduces 98-year-old Daphne Dunne to his wife Meghan. "Oh my goodness, is this Daphne?" asked Meghan. Previously, Daphne met other members of the Royal family, including Prince Charles, in Canberra more than 30 years ago. #RoyalTour #7News pic.twitter.com/CkjDWIn67o— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) October 16, 2018
Daphne Dunne, the 98-year-old war widow who famously stole Harry’s heart, is hoping to receive her third kiss from the Prince today. Too cute! ❤️ #RoyalTour #HarryandMeghan https://t.co/PDFig8fOWn pic.twitter.com/i7KRNuV39n— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) October 16, 2018
After a busy day of stealing the hearts of Australians – and, let’s be honest, the whole world – Harry and Meghan returned to the GG’s residence for a reception in their honour.
Now, what we really need is more pics of them with kids. ASAP.
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