Meghan Markle wraps up warm in a coat and turtle neck as she and Prince Harry visit a café in New Zealand

2022

Meghan Markle wraps up warm in a coat and turtle neck as she and Prince Harry visit a café in New Zealand that’s putting on a pregnancy-friendly menu for the mum-to-be
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 will later visit the wilderness reserve Abel Tasman National Park to take part in a hike

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have met with young mental health advocates working to make a difference in New Zealand.

Harry and Meghan arrived at a cafe in Wellington, the country’s capital, for the meeting on Monday morning.

The children who received cakes were just several of the starry eyed schoolchildren who lined the streets outside the cafe hoping to get a glimpse of royalty
The children who received cakes were just several of the starry eyed schoolchildren who lined the streets outside the cafe hoping to get a glimpse of royalty

Meghan stepped-out for the engagement wearing a dark coat, black turtle neck and black pants, 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.

Harry – who is the Commonwealth youth ambassador – and Meghan spent about 30 minutes hearing about mental health projects operating in the country and the positive contribution they are having on young people in New Zealand.

When the cafe agreed the cakes were then brought outside to give to the kids who proudly smiled with their new sweet treats pictured
When the cafe agreed the cakes were then brought outside to give to the kids who proudly smiled with their new sweet treats pictured

During the warm and free-flowing conversation, the Duke raised the need to normalise conversations around mental health and also spoke about his concerns the effect social media was having on young people.

Meghan wore a ‘1737’ lapel badge, which promoted a local helpline. ‘Everyone needs someone to turn to, right?’ the Duke said, while the Duchess added ‘You’re all doing really excellent work’.

As soon as she saw several adorable children outside Meghan quickly ran back towards the Wellington eatery and asked to take all of the slices and cakes that were left on the cafe plates
As soon as she saw several adorable children outside Meghan quickly ran back towards the Wellington eatery and asked to take all of the slices and cakes that were left on the cafe plates

Co-founder of mental health charity Voices of Hope, Genevieve Mora, who was at the meeting, told stuff the Duke and Duchess are ‘both really nice people, and they seem really happy’.

‘[Harry] was very interested, they both asked a lot of questions. I talked about my own personal experience, about feeling a lot of shame, and he was really interested to understand why I felt so ashamed about it.’

The Duchess of Sussexs generous nature was clear to see on Monday when she rushed back into Maranui cafe to fetch the leftover cakes she and Prince Harry didnt eat pictured
The Duchess of Sussexs generous nature was clear to see on Monday when she rushed back into Maranui cafe to fetch the leftover cakes she and Prince Harry didnt eat pictured

School students later took to the streets to sing a Maori song as they waited for the royal motorcade to leave the cafe, with the Duke and Duchess taking time out of their busy schedule to chat to those who were waiting, including five-year-old Joe Young who had become emotional and was seen wiping away tears.

1 The couple had spent about 30 minutes inside the cafe at the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club for a morning engagement
1 The couple had spent about 30 minutes inside the cafe at the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club for a morning engagement

The cafe’s owner Bronwyn Kelly told Newstalk ZB just prior to the arrival of the royals how staff were excited for the visit, which had come as a pleasant surprise.

‘We didn’t believe it, we thought it was a fairy tale, for us it was completely out of the blue,’ she said.

The couple had spent about 30 minutes inside the cafe at the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club for a morning engagement
The couple had spent about 30 minutes inside the cafe at the Maranui Surf Life Saving Club for a morning engagement

‘Staff from the royal palace when they were doing the pre-planning came to Maranui, they really loved the vibe, the atmosphere and I think that it’s because it’s right beside the beach, it really offered something… that coastal but unique sort of feeling.’

The menu featured items which were carefully planned by Ms Kelly’s business partner and chef, taking into account Meghan was pregnant.

The visit to the cafe came on day 14 of the royal couples whirlwind 16 day tour of Australia Fiji Tonga and New Zealand
The visit to the cafe came on day 14 of the royal couples whirlwind 16 day tour of Australia Fiji Tonga and New Zealand

‘She’s been thinking about what to offer, especially with Meghan being pregnant. As it’s just a morning tea it does make it quite simple so we’re just going to offer some really delicious yummy little baking treats, which will offer some good local New Zealand products,’ Ms Kelly had said before the visit.

Leftovers from the morning tea were not put to waste – they were given to the young children who were waiting outside the cafe.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived to meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived to meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand

From the cafe, the couple boarded a helicopter bound for Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island, where they are expected to take part in an hour long hike and talk to conservation staff.

Following the visit to the wilderness reserve, they will attend a beach barbecue and tree planting with local students.

Meghan arrived at the Maranui Cafe wearing a grey coat black turtle neck and black pants while husband Harry was also in grey
Meghan arrived at the Maranui Cafe wearing a grey coat black turtle neck and black pants while husband Harry was also in grey

It is the only time the couple will visit the South Island while in New Zealand.

Later, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Wellington’s Courtenay Creative for an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene.

The royal couple spent about 30 minutes meeting with some of New Zealands young mental health advocates
The royal couple spent about 30 minutes meeting with some of New Zealands young mental health advocates
The Duchess of Sussex poured a glass of water for her husband Harry at the morning tea meeting
The Duchess of Sussex poured a glass of water for her husband Harry at the morning tea meeting

The couple arrived in New Zealand on Sunday – the latest country on their whirlwind 16-day tour royal tour.

On Tuesday, Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

While her husband opted for a glass of water Meghan chose to pour herself a cup of tea
While her husband opted for a glass of water Meghan chose to pour herself a cup of tea
Mother to be Meghan consoles an emotional Joe Young who had waited outside the cafe alongside other young children
Mother to be Meghan consoles an emotional Joe Young who had waited outside the cafe alongside other young children
A group of schoolchildren had lined up outside the cafe to farewell the royal couple before they departed for their next engagement
A group of schoolchildren had lined up outside the cafe to farewell the royal couple before they departed for their next engagement
The visit to the Maranui Cafe was the first official engagement of the couples second day in New Zealand
The visit to the Maranui Cafe was the first official engagement of the couples second day in New Zealand
Harry and Meghan heard first hand how the mental health initiatives in the country are having a positive contribution on young people in New Zealand
Harry and Meghan heard first hand how the mental health initiatives in the country are having a positive contribution on young people in New Zealand

They will then join the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand.

Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The Duchess of Sussex who was holding a bouquet of flowers spent time chatting to the youngster on Monday morning
The Duchess of Sussex who was holding a bouquet of flowers spent time chatting to the youngster on Monday morning
The royal couple emerged from the cafe after spending about 30 minutes inside chatting to young mental health advocates
The royal couple emerged from the cafe after spending about 30 minutes inside chatting to young mental health advocates
Meghan accepted a paper New Zealand flag which young Joe had created for the royal couples visit to the area
Meghan accepted a paper New Zealand flag which young Joe had created for the royal couples visit to the area
The other children watched on intently as Prince Harry and wife Meghan consoled the young boy
The other children watched on intently as Prince Harry and wife Meghan consoled the young boy
Prince Harry also chatted to young Joe as the royal couple met with children who had lined up outside the cafe
Prince Harry also chatted to young Joe as the royal couple met with children who had lined up outside the cafe
Meghan proudly held up the bouquet of flowers which had been handed to her by one of the schoolchildren
Meghan proudly held up the bouquet of flowers which had been handed to her by one of the schoolchildren
One of the students waiting in line held a bouquet of flowers and waited patiently for a chance to hand them to the Duchess
One of the students waiting in line held a bouquet of flowers and waited patiently for a chance to hand them to the Duchess
Mother to be Meghan also shook hands with the schoolchildren with the youngsters in awe of the Duchess as they greeted her
Mother to be Meghan also shook hands with the schoolchildren with the youngsters in awe of the Duchess as they greeted her
The Duchess of Sussex waved to young students who had gathered outside the Wellington cafe following the meeting
The Duchess of Sussex waved to young students who had gathered outside the Wellington cafe following the meeting
Prince Harry also spoke about his concerns the effect social media was having on young people
Prince Harry also spoke about his concerns the effect social media was having on young people
The Duchess heard how young people were working to make a difference in their community while at the morning tea meeting
The Duchess heard how young people were working to make a difference in their community while at the morning tea meeting
1 The Duchess heard how young people were working to make a difference in their community while at the morning tea meeting
1 The Duchess heard how young people were working to make a difference in their community while at the morning tea meeting
During the warm and free flowing conversation the Duke raised the need to normalise conversations around mental health
During the warm and free flowing conversation the Duke raised the need to normalise conversations around mental health
Meghan wore a dark grey coat paired with a black turtle neck for the morning royal engagement
Meghan wore a dark grey coat paired with a black turtle neck for the morning royal engagement
The cafe was closed to the general public while the royal couple visited on Monday morning
The cafe was closed to the general public while the royal couple visited on Monday morning

The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua.

The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme.

Later that afternoon, Meghan and Harry will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there.

The royal couple then heads back to London.

The Duke of Sussex waves to the crowd of fans who had lined the streets surrounding the cafe
The Duke of Sussex waves to the crowd of fans who had lined the streets surrounding the cafe
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex step out from Wellingtons Maranui Cafe on day two of the royal tour of New Zealand
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex step out from Wellingtons Maranui Cafe on day two of the royal tour of New Zealand
Royal fans had their cameras at the ready to capture the moment the royal couple emerged from the cafe
Royal fans had their cameras at the ready to capture the moment the royal couple emerged from the cafe
The royal couple were given a warm welcome when they visited the Maranui in Lyall Bay on Monday morning
The royal couple were given a warm welcome when they visited the Maranui in Lyall Bay on Monday morning
One royal fan had high hopes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would pat their pug Charlie
One royal fan had high hopes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would pat their pug Charlie
Fans of the royal couple patiently waited for the pair to arrive at the Wellington cafe on Monday morning
Fans of the royal couple patiently waited for the pair to arrive at the Wellington cafe on Monday morning
The Duke and Duchess were greeted by a number of adoring fans as they made their way to the cafe meeting
The Duke and Duchess were greeted by a number of adoring fans as they made their way to the cafe meeting
Meghan and Prince Harry were driven to the Wellington military terminal for their short flight across to the wilderness reserve
Meghan and Prince Harry were driven to the Wellington military terminal for their short flight across to the wilderness reserve
The visit to the national park will be the only time the couple will spend on New Zealands South Island during their tour of the country
The visit to the national park will be the only time the couple will spend on New Zealands South Island during their tour of the country
The couple board a Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopter in Wellington for a flight to Abel Tasman National Park
The couple board a Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopter in Wellington for a flight to Abel Tasman National Park

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

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