Maori ceremony for duke and duchess as royal tour ends

Lawrence Kim
October 31, 2018

Then the Duke spoke for a minute in Maori, bringing smiles to people's faces with the use of the word "whaiaipo", meaning sweetheart.

Prince Harry was "stressed" before his wedding to Meghan Markle.

At a reception to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand, she said: "Because yes, women's suffrage is about feminism, but feminism is about fairness".

On Oct. 29 Meghan and Harry visited The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, a forest conservation initiative in New Zealand, as part of their royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

There, the couple split off and each led a team of cheering children in a competition to see who could throw a rubber rainboot - known locally as a "gumboot" - the farthest.

Another person said he was trying to make sure her dress didn't blow up in the wind.

'I want to be a fashion designer when I grow up - this is a good start'.

The couple were then shown the UK War Memorial, created to show the trunks of the Royal Oak and Pohutakawa trees intertwining to form a single canopy.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donned traditional Maori cloaks during a welcome ceremony in New Zealand on the final day of their overseas tour.

The royal couple headed to Rainbow Springs this afternoon, the Redwoods Treewalk and went for a public walkabout in Rotorua.

Harry, 34, and Meghan were first met by the two most senior Maori elders - kaumatua Piri Sciascia and Kuia, Te Ripowai Higgins. Both were adorned by feathered cloaks gifted to them by the marae and Meghan also wore a carved greenstone necklace given to her by the country's governor general.

On Monday, the couple will travel to Abel Tasman National Park for a series of engagements about conservation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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