Harry, Meghan and bump greeted in Australia

Cristina Cross
October 16, 2018

The duke and duchess's itinerary has not changed, despite pregnant women being advised against travelling to Fiji and Tonga because of the risk posed by the Zika virus. There Harry spotted a familiar face in the crowd - 98-year-old Daphne Dunne who he met during his 2015 and 2017 visits to the country.

Harry and Meghan will return to London from Auckland on November 1.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "There is a long history of friendship between the royal family and Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and their links with the United Kingdom are extensive".

Meghan Markle has given her late mother-in-law the ultimate nod this morning in Sydney, wearing the same butterfly earrings and bracelet previously worn by the Princess of Wales. She explained that her first husband Albert Chowne had been given the highest award in the British honors system after he died in Papua New Guinea in 1945.

The newest royal baby will be seventh in line to the throne, behind Harry, who is sixth.

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Meghan said: "I'm so glad I got to meet you".

She added, "I congratulated them on their baby and said I wished them all the happiness they deserve".

And, perhaps, the first member of the family to don Ugg boots.

Harry founded the Games - which is a Paralympic-style event for soldiers wounded in action.

"You remind me so much of myself when I was younger. 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".

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Interest was at a fever pitch by the time they descended the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

"Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public".

The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers about why Meghan was not joining Harry on his Sydney Harbor Bridge climb set for Friday.

Prince Charles is first after Queen Elizabeth, followed by Prince William and his three children with wife Kate Middleton.

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