2018 Oct 30

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 3: Auckland

Following Wellington, Harry and Meghan spent the day in Auckland. They began their day at the North Shore Riding Club to dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The area has been named the Carol Whaley Native Bush. Meghan planted a Kōwhai tree, whose flower as part of her veil on her wedding day. The couple took part in a welly wanging contest, which consists in tossing rubber rain boots the farthest. VIDEO

Following an outift change, Meghan and Harry visited with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Pillars, a charity who supports children with a parent in prison by providing help and special mentoring schemes. The Duke & Duchess presented some awards during a special ceremony. VIDEO

Later in the afternoon, the couple greeted the public who waited hours in the rain at the Viaduct Harbour. Among the people they met, Meghan reunited with a girl she used to talk on Instagram. Other well-wishers decided to sing the ‘Suits’ theme song. VIDEOVIDEO

Finally, PM Jacinda Ardern hosted a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where they watched a performance by Auckland’s Pasifika community. The reception was aimed at young leaders, which fit perfectly with Harry’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The Duke of Sussex made a speech where he praises the voices of the Commonwealth. VIDEOVIDEO