Prince Harry opens up about his beautiful baby news in a heartfelt speech
‘We couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby!’
The first day of the royal couple’s Australian tour concluded with a reception hosted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Cosgrove at Admiralty House and a heartwarming speech from Prince Harry addressing the exciting Royal Baby news.
The sun came out with bright blue skies to show off the historic house and Harbour-side lawns in all its glory.
After her busy day the Duchess of Sussex had changed into a stunning green Brandon Maxwell dress with gold button detail and a full pleated skirt and with her husband Prince Harry was relishing the opportunity to meet with some incredible Aussies.
They included comedian and author Anh Do, Indigenous model Samantha Harris, former AFL player, Indigenous advocate and 2010 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, Dr Richard Harris, the diver who helped saved Thai football team from their cave ordeal, Olympic hurdler Sally Pearson, Olympic Silver medalist Jessica Fox, maths teacher and 2018 Australian Local Hero, rugby player David Pocock and singer Missy Higgins who was cradling and gently rocking her two month old daughter Luna.
In his opening remarks Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove warmly welcomed the royal couple to tumultuous applause. He said Prince Harry was “almost a son of Australia” and with this visit with his wife, that connection and bond would become “even stronger.”
He said Australia will now “adopt” Harry’s wife Meghan too.
On this visit, said Cosgrove, the royal couple would see “people on the land doing it tough” adding “they will love the fact that you’re here sharing your concern.” The Governor-General also applauded Harry’s Invictus Games initiative and said it gives servicemen and women “a real sense of focus.”
Looking thrilled to be at Admiralty House Prince Harry delivered a short, warm and confident speech, no doubt the first of many on this tour.
“G’day, Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,” the Prince began.
“It is great to be back in Australia. And especially even more so this is my wife’s first visit here, so I’m very excited to show her this incredible country of yours, perhaps not Kangaroo Flats military training area in Darwin though!”
“You’ll also notice we had a roof on our boat earlier after last year’s downpour! Luckily Sydney’s sun is shining today so thank you for organising the weather.”
“We started off well today with some sleeping koalas, Sydney Harbour, the Bangara Dancers, who were absolutely fantastic, the Opera House and Admiralty House, and we’re looking forward to going to Dubbo tomorrow to meet those farmers and their families who have been hit by this drought.”
“I am particularly grateful to the Australian Government for hosting the Invictus Games which the whole country has embraced with great enthusiasm. Thank you so much for all of the support. Australia is of course home to some of the world’s best sporting talent but what you are about to see during these Invictus Games will quite literally astound you.”
“A demonstration of the power of the human spirit, the power of sport to change lives, and the power of feeling part of all of this from the stands – there really is something for everyone.
“Thank you to Your Excellency and Lady Cosgrove for giving us your magnificent home for the week – we’re inviting all of our mates in Sydney to visit!”
“Finally we’re both delighted to be here and really impressed to see you serving beer and tea at an afternoon reception, in true Aussie style.”
But it was when Prince Harry finally broke his silence on the Royal Baby news that the crowd well and truly were moved.
“Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life. And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, whether it’s a boy or a girl, so thank you very very much.”
The royal couple then split up to meet their guests individually. It seemed inevitable that one person Meghan would make a beeline for would be singer Missy Higgins, who was holding her second baby Luna.
Looking lovingly at the two-month-old Meghan asked Missy how old her daughter was and said “you look great” stroking her arm. The mum and expectant mum then chatted at length.
Maths teacher Eddie Wu told Meghan “our kids are 5, 7 and 10. It takes a lot of energy.” Meghan gave a broad smile and replied “we’re excited to join the club.”
This was the first time model Samantha Harris had met the royal couple.
“I think it’s great that they announced their baby news here,” she said. “I think it’s beautiful.”
Another of the many inspiring Australians the royal couple met today was the 2014 winner of The Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards Laura O’Reilly, 32, and her brother Jordan, 30, who was selected as a Commonwealth Queen’s Young Leader last year.
Inspired by their bubbly, intelligent brother Shane who also had Cerebral Palsy, the siblings set up Fighting Chance, a ground-breaking organisation to help find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Shane passed away in 2011 and never got to see the business develop but Laura and Jordan know that he would be thrilled that Fighting Chance now has 150 staff and is enriching the lives of hundreds of Australians. “Jordan got the invite to meet Meghan and Harry and I am his plus one,” says Laura. “It’s so exciting to be here.”
Tomorrow the royal couple heads to Dubbo to see the strong bonds within rural community life.