Belle of the ball! Pregnant Meghan dazzles in stunning £10,000 Oscar de la Renta gown as she and Prince Harry arrive at a glittering Sydney awards ceremony

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Belle of the ball! Pregnant Meghan dazzles in stunning £10,000 Oscar de la Renta gown as she and Prince Harry arrive at a glittering Sydney awards ceremony

Harry and Meghan are at Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards at the Shanghai-La hotel in Sydney
Duchess wore stunning Oscar de la Renta designer gown and couple are due to present awards at event
Earlier their Qantas charter Boeing 737 pulled up from Sydney Airport runway seconds from touchdown
Pilot explained that another plane on the runway had been ‘slow to roll’ and the two aircraft were too close

The Duchess of Sussex was today given a toy wombat for the royal baby she is due to have with her husband Prince Harry next spring as they attended a glamorous awards ceremony in Sydney.

The Duchess of Sussex stunned in an elegant gown tonight as she attended an awards ceremony in Sydney with Harry
The Duchess of Sussex stunned in an elegant gown tonight as she attended an awards ceremony in Sydney with Harry

Meghan, who was wearing an exquisite Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress worth £10,000, clutched the toy as the couple left the ballroom after attending the Australian Geographic Society gala awards at the Shanghai-La hotel.

As they left the ballroom where the awards were taking place to meet the winners
As they left the ballroom where the awards were taking place to meet the winners

Ironically, Prince William was nicknamed ‘wombat’ by his mother Princess Diana as a child. Meghan was also given a toy ‘numbat’, a small long-trailed marsupial that is native to Western Australia.

Both Meghan and Harry presented awards at the ceremony, just hours after they faced a flight drama when their plane aborted its landing. Their Qantas charter flight from Tonga, a Boeing 737, pulled up from the runway at Sydney Airport seconds before touching down.

Meghan was clutching a toy wombat that she had been given for her unborn baby
Meghan was clutching a toy wombat that she had been given for her unborn baby

Its pilot, Nigel Rosser, explained over the tannoy system that another plane on the runway had been ‘slow to roll’ and the two aircraft were too close. He explained the decision was made to ‘abort the landing’.

The Duchess of Sussex arrives with her husband Prince Harry in a stunning Oscar de la Renta designer gown in Sydney
The Duchess of Sussex arrives with her husband Prince Harry in a stunning Oscar de la Renta designer gown in Sydney

Earlier, the pregnant Duchess of Sussex dazzled in a green and white cotton designer dress as she and her husband met with Tonga’s Prime Minister and his deputy in the latest stage of their marathon 16-day royal tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet award winners at the event in Sydney this evening
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex greet award winners at the event in Sydney this evening

Today, the Queen was honoured at the Australian Geographic Society event with a special award for conservation for her initiative to highlight the plight of the world’s forests.

The award, for her ‘outstanding contribution’ to global conservation was accepted on her behalf by the Duke of Sussex, and recognises the impact of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, an initiative launched in 2015.

The Duchess of Sussex looked glamorous as she attended the 2018 Australian Geographic Society gala awards today
The Duchess of Sussex looked glamorous as she attended the 2018 Australian Geographic Society gala awards today

The Duke of Sussex gave an impassioned speech after picking up the award, in which he warned there ‘cannot be any more excuses’ when it comes to protecting the planet.

1 The Duchess of Sussex looked glamorous as she attended the 2018 Australian Geographic Society gala awards today
1 The Duchess of Sussex looked glamorous as she attended the 2018 Australian Geographic Society gala awards today

Harry warned: ‘We cannot continue to pollute the oceans with plastics and other wastes. We cannot continue to breathe polluted air while cutting down our forests or without reducing emissions.

Harry was at the event in Sydney tonight with Meghan during their 16 day tour of Australasia
Harry was at the event in Sydney tonight with Meghan during their 16 day tour of Australasia

‘We cannot stand by and let our wildlife disappear from the earth and our fish from the seas. I think we can agree tonight that there cannot be any more excuses.

‘Thanks to the tireless efforts of everyone in this room and the environmentalists and conservationists of the past, we are ready to translate our awareness into action. It is going to take every single one of us to stop the clock on the destruction of our planet, and time is not on our side.

The Duchess holds a scroll and a toy wombat Ironically Prince William was nicknamed wombat by his mother Princess Diana
The Duchess holds a scroll and a toy wombat Ironically Prince William was nicknamed wombat by his mother Princess Diana
1 The Duchess holds a scroll and a toy wombat Ironically Prince William was nicknamed wombat by his mother Princess Diana
1 The Duchess holds a scroll and a toy wombat Ironically Prince William was nicknamed wombat by his mother Princess Diana
Harry and Meghan share a joke as the Duchess looks at her heels while they attend the Australian Geographic Society awards
Harry and Meghan share a joke as the Duchess looks at her heels while they attend the Australian Geographic Society awards
The gala came after the jet carrying Harry and Meghan back to Australia aborted the landing upon approach at Sydney
The gala came after the jet carrying Harry and Meghan back to Australia aborted the landing upon approach at Sydney
1 The gala came after the jet carrying Harry and Meghan back to Australia aborted the landing upon approach at Sydney
1 The gala came after the jet carrying Harry and Meghan back to Australia aborted the landing upon approach at Sydney
Harry and his wife Meghan were at the Australian Geographic Society awards in Sydney today
Harry and his wife Meghan were at the Australian Geographic Society awards in Sydney today
Meghan wore an exquisite cocktail dress to the ceremony in Sydney as she addressed the Australian Geographic Society
Meghan wore an exquisite cocktail dress to the ceremony in Sydney as she addressed the Australian Geographic Society
The Queen was honoured with an award for conservation for her initiative to highlight the plight of the worlds forests
The Queen was honoured with an award for conservation for her initiative to highlight the plight of the worlds forests
Meghan presents Sophia Skarparis with the Young Conservationist of the Year award for her work to ban plastic bags
Meghan presents Sophia Skarparis with the Young Conservationist of the Year award for her work to ban plastic bags
The duke and duchess who arrived late at the ceremony because of their delayed flight from Tonga presented two awards
The duke and duchess who arrived late at the ceremony because of their delayed flight from Tonga presented two awards
The Duke of Sussex spoke at the Australian Geographic Society gala awards in Sydney tonight
The Duke of Sussex spoke at the Australian Geographic Society gala awards in Sydney tonight
Prince Harry warned We cannot stand by and let our wildlife disappear from the earth
Prince Harry warned We cannot stand by and let our wildlife disappear from the earth
1 Prince Harry warned We cannot stand by and let our wildlife disappear from the earth
1 Prince Harry warned We cannot stand by and let our wildlife disappear from the earth
Prince Harry presents the Young Adventurer of the Year award to Jade Hameister at the gala
Prince Harry presents the Young Adventurer of the Year award to Jade Hameister at the gala
Harry accepted an award for outstanding contribution to global conservation on behalf of his grandmother the Queen
Harry accepted an award for outstanding contribution to global conservation on behalf of his grandmother the Queen
Just hours after touching down in Australia Meghan had changed into her stunning Oscar de la Renta designer gown
Just hours after touching down in Australia Meghan had changed into her stunning Oscar de la Renta designer gown
Both Meghan and Harry are due to present awards at the dinner in Sydney tonight which comes after their in flight drama
Both Meghan and Harry are due to present awards at the dinner in Sydney tonight which comes after their in flight drama
Seconds from touchdown the Qantas charter flight a Boeing 737 pulled up from the runway at Sydney Airport
Seconds from touchdown the Qantas charter flight a Boeing 737 pulled up from the runway at Sydney Airport
The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex disembark their Qantas plane at Sydney Airport today after a minor drama as it tried to land
The Duke and Duchess Of Sussex disembark their Qantas plane at Sydney Airport today after a minor drama as it tried to land
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart from Fuaamotu International Airport in Tonga today
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart from Fuaamotu International Airport in Tonga today
The royal couple waved goodbye to Tonga less than a day after arriving in the Pacific Island nation
The royal couple waved goodbye to Tonga less than a day after arriving in the Pacific Island nation

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