Meghan beats Prince Harry at gumboot throwing competition

Posted November 01, 2018

For their final stop, the royal couple visited Rotorua's Te Papaiouru marae - a sacred meeting house in Polynesian societies - where they participated in a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony called a pōwhiri.

But Meghan, who became Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry, showed she was more than a clothes horse, giving several speeches expressing her support for female empowerment. The Duchess of Sussex' cloak, which was draped over a blue Stella McCartney dress, was designed specifically for her and incorporated elements from her life, including her royal status, her pregnancy, and her roots in the Californian sunshine.

But as schoolchildren on her team chanted "Meghan, Meghan, Meghan", the pregnant duchess gave a flick of the wrist and sent her red-and-white polka dot welly sailing past Harry's best effort.

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Their visit to New Zealand came after a short tour of Australia, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga.

Meghan, displaying what Harry affectionately refers to as "our little bump", has drawn adoring crowds in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand on her first worldwide tour since the couple married in May.

While attending the ceremonies in the small town, the soon mother-to-be met a lot of her admirers with her husband. Prince Harry echoed those sentiments and also stressed the importance of mental health awareness.

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Earlier in the day, the couple went on their last walkabout and greeted thousands of fans lined up along the streets of Rotorua.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this week there seems to be little appetite for changing New Zealand from a constitutional monarchy that recognizes Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to a republic.

"That's the first time I have used those languages", he said.

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Prince Harry and wife Meghan examined the navel, nostrils and whiskers on New Zealand's flightless kiwi bird and got to name two tiny chicks on the final day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.