‘My wife and our little bump’: Prince Harry reveals his sweet name for his expanding family during a speech in rainy New Zealand
Prince Harry has revealed the sweet name he’s given his growing family during a speech in New Zealand
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have met with young mental health advocates at a New Zealand cafe
Royal couple spent 30 minutes hearing how mental health projects are making a difference in the country
Meghan and Harry later visited the wilderness reserve Abel Tasman National Park to take part in a walk
Later they are attending an event celebrating country’s capital Wellington’s thriving creative arts scene
Prince Harry has revealed the adorable name he’s using for his growing family in a speech at Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.
Addressing students from under a marquee as heavy rain fell, the Duke of Sussex showed his paternal side as he referred to ‘our little bump’.
Prince Harry thanked the local iwi (tribe) for their welcome and kind words.
‘The weather forecast was a lot worse than this and we are really fortunate to be here. The rain is a blessing and a reminder of our connection to the land,’ he said.
‘From my wife, myself and our little bump, it’s a blessing to be here.’
Harry and Meghan are continuing their royal tour of New Zealand, having met with young mental health advocates working to make a difference in the country.
The royal couple held hands as they strolled through the Abel Tasman National Park on Monday afternoon.
They wore wet weather jackets for the occasion as the rain fell in the wilderness reserve, where they were also talking to conservation staff and inspecting the national park’s beach.
The Duke and Duchess had been due to attend a beach barbecue and tree planting with local students but the wet weather forced a change of plans.
They instead joined the students for brownies and tea under the cover of a marquee at a beachside camp.
Under the marquee, a kaumatua (elder) from the local iwi (tribe) Barney Thomas spoke in Te Reo Maori, wishing them well with their pepi (baby). Meghan smiled as the words were translated for her.
The Duchess sat slightly behind the Duke in the front row, though there was no ill intent.
‘The middle represents the god of war and we don’t want to put our women into that space,’ the elder explained.
‘We want to be inclusive, but especially Meghan, because she’s expecting, we don’t want to put her at any risk.’
It was not the Duchess’ first encounter with the Maori language. She won praise after opening a speech on Sunday with the phrase with the words ‘tena koutou katoa’ (‘greetings to all’).
Harry shrugged off the rain as he spoke to the crowd.
‘The weather forecast was a lot worse than this and we are really fortunate to be here. The rain is a blessing and a reminder of our connection to the land. From my wife, myself and our little bump, it’s a blessing to be here,’ he said.
‘We bring you greetings from my grandmother.’
Then the Duke – in a black puffer jacket – and the Duchess – in a black Seasalt coat – set out for a walk in the rain, arm-in-arm and sharing an umbrella as they strolled down one of the area’s golden beaches, talking conservation with a ranger.
The Department of Conservation’s Andrew Lamason pointed out a weka – a flightless woodhen that only lives in New Zealand – as they went past, saying the animals were the country’s equivalent of monkeys because of their cheekiness.
Earlier in the day, Harry and Meghan had arrived at a cafe in Wellington, the country’s capital, for the meeting.
Meghan had stepped-out for the engagement wearing a $420 (£232/US$297) Club Monaco Ellayne Trench in seaweed green, black $199 (£109/US$141) Outland jeans, a Jac and Jack black turtleneck and Stuart Weitzman lace-up boots, with the Maranui Cafe putting on a pregnancy-friendly menu for the mother-to-be.
Hundreds of adoring fans holding signs and flags had lined the streets surrounding the cafe in Lyall Bay to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess.
The crowd cheered as the royals stepped out from their vehicle holding hands, before they headed inside the cafe at the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club.
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