The adorable moment Meghan Markle comforts a shy five-year-old Kiwi boy who broke down in tears while meeting the royal couple outside a cafe
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear poised to become perfect first-time parents comforting a teary child
Joe Young, 5, wiped away his tears as the Duchess of Sussex knelt down to his eye level to comfort him
He and a handful of fellow students were invited to meet the Duke and Duchess and were lined up patiently
Prince Harry then attempted to cheer little Joe up by tickling his belly and kneeling down to talk to him
The royal couple attended Wellington’s Maranui Cafe to speak with local mental health advocates
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear poised to become perfect first-time parents, taking the time to comfort a shy child who broke down in tears ahead of meeting them.
Joe Young, five, wiped away his tears as the Duchess of Sussex knelt down to comfort him.
The little boy, who attends Houghton Valley School in Wellington, New Zealand, was lined up with other children outside Wellington’s Maranui Cafe, hoping to get a glimpse of the royal couple.
He and a handful of fellow students were lucky enough to meet the Duke and Duchess and lined up patiently.
They took turns shaking the hands of the royals and introducing themselves.
Little Joe, who was the last in the line, could barely bring himself to look up from his wide-brimmed hat when a teacher stepped in to give him a much-needed cuddle.
As Meghan made her way down the line, she noticed the adorable child and attempted to comfort him, offering a warm smile and gentle hand to his chest.
Slowly but surely, the little boy came around and took his hands away from his face.
The pair were then joined by Prince Harry, who mirrored Meghan’s maternal instincts by kneeling and attempting to speak with the little boy.
He, too, reached out to pat little Joe and tickle his belly.
Stuff reported the Houghton Bay school principal Monica Mercury attempted to coerce the little one into shaking Harry’s hand.
‘I was trying to get Harry to shake hands with him. Harry said: ‘Don’t worry about it — he’s shy’.’
Meghan told him he was ‘really cute and really shy,’ Ms Mercury added.
‘Joe was very nervous and Harry was very nice with him too.’
The young student’s meeting with the Duke and Duchess wasn’t pre-planned.
Michelle Pontifex, a teacher at the school the children attend, decided to walk them down to the cafe, saying the opportunity was too good to miss.
‘It’s just an experience, it’s not every day they get to experience something like this in their neighbourhood.’
‘What little girl and what little boy doesn’t want to see a princess and a prince. It’s almost fairytale like.’
Mother-to-be Meghan, wearing black Outland jeans, a Jac+Jack top and a grey Club Monaco coat, gifted the youngsters with cakes from inside the cafe.
The loved-up royals met with the hard workers who dedicate their time to advocating for and supporting people who struggle with mental health issues.
Inside the cafe, they flitted between tables discussing the plight of the individuals who had joined them, with Prince Harry discussing the necessity to normalise discussions surrounding mental illness.
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