If you thought Prince Harry was going to be tight-lipped about this whole baby thing, you don’t know Harry. Throughout the first half of his first official trip with Meghan as his (pregnant!) wife, he’s been super open about how excited he is. While Meghan won’t disclose baby names quite yet, Harry was perfectly comfortable telling fans that he’s hoping for a girl.
The Duke was motoring past a group of onlookers on the weekend when one shouted “I hope it’s a girl,” to which Harry hastily replied, “So do I!” Aww! A royal updates account (and our hero) shared the moment on Instagram.
Harry and Meghan are still on the Australia leg of their Oceania tour but Kensington Palace announced on the weekend that Meghan might be dialing back her engagements to rest (gotta keep mama feeling good). Because of her altered schedule, the Duchess opted out of the couple’s scheduled Monday trip to Fraser Island (or K’gari, as it is known by the Butchulla people). Harry instead attended the event solo.
“It is up to us now to protect this paradise together — not just because it looks beautiful, but because it is an essential part of our existence and will continue to be for our children and their children’s children.” — The Duke of Sussex @QueensCanopy #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/cWFUkdBLOe— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 22, 2018
The Duke was met by a group of the Butchulla People – whom he acknowledged as the “Traditional Owners of K’gari” and the Premier of the Queensland for a traditional welcome and participated in the dedication of Forests of K’gari to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a network of forests around the world designated for conservation by Britain. Fraser Island already has 206,970 acres of protected forest.
The day was one filled with celebration and dancing.
Harry also met with Elders and some of the rangers on the Island who work to preserve its beauty and natural state. The Duke commended their work and said, “It is up to us now to protect this paradise together — not just because it looks beautiful, but because it is an essential part of our existence and will continue to be for our children and their children’s children.”
Meghan joined her husband for the last engagement of the day – a romantic walk on one of Fraser Island’s beaches. The Duchess arrived by car, after much anticipation, and chatted with locals before heading on a walk down the pier with the Prince.
video: harry and Meghan pic.twitter.com/c8FgWFULfz— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 22, 2018
The couple then capped off the day by meeting with some of their fans and receiving a bunch of gifts for the new baby including stuffed animals and a play mat, which Meghan seemed to love. The Duchess will reportedly resume her full schedule when the couple flies to Fiji on Tuesday.
Meghan will resume her full tour schedule tomorrow, after sitting out today due to the bumpy road on Fraser Island 🌴 and tiredness after Saturday’s late night. pic.twitter.com/fMoVYqUpbl— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 22, 2018
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Meghan is delighted by the gift of a baby changing/play mat pic.twitter.com/7DNolixlB1— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 22, 2018