Prince Harry winds up the royal tour by sharing the sweetest photo of Meghan

Meg and Harry

If you’re a royal watcher you’re probably laid up on the couch right about now, recovering from a 17-day whirlwind that saw newlyweds Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visit the eastern states of Australia, some South Pacific nations AND our neighbour across the pond New Zealand. Phew!

It’s goodbye from us

It was from the latter country that the (possibly exhausted and relieved) couple drew the curtain on their tour, with Prince Harry snapping a brilliant photo of his expectant wife in the middle of an ancient forest.

The image was captioned thus: “A message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: “Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis.”

“Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.” ‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops’ – Kate Sheppard #commonwealth 🇳🇿🇦🇺🇫🇯🇹🇴 📷 The Duke of Sussex ”

Puffer jackets, pretty light and cheesy grins

Harry’s photo of Meg is a pretty relatable one that – despite its royal roots – bearing all the hallmarks of a cute ‘regular couple’ snap.

  • Meghan’s wearing a familiar and in fact ubiquitous contemporary wardrobe staple – a black puffer jacket which happens to belong to her husband. 
  • The photo captures Instagram’s favourite focus – ‘pretty light’ – which creeps through the monster trees behind Meghan.
  • And there’s a bit of a play on scale, with Meghan absolutely dwarfed by the beautiful Rotorua forest Harry’s captured her enjoying. 
  • We suspect Harry’s also quite keen to give his nan – the Queen of England – a wave with this shot. One of her current pet projects is The Queen’s Canopy – an initiative to conserve forests across the globe. #HeyNan
  • We’re fairly sure that Meghan is busting out a “Cheeeeeeeeese” as she goes in for the newly invented Duchess Snuggle (a move where she happily cradles her growing baby bump – and yes it is a distant relative of her sister-in-law Kate’s famous Duchess Slant.)

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A return to the socials

The photo is refreshingly unstuffy and normal-looking, and one of several taken by the Duke and Duchess and uploaded to social media during the tour.

While Meghan had to delete her social media accounts when it was confirmed that she and Harry were to marry, she’s now sort of returning to the socials under the guise of the Kensington Palace handles … and Harry’s getting in on the action too.

It has us wondering about Meghan and Harry’s phones, to be honest. And whether they – and the other royals – have their own secret social media accounts, known only to their nearest and dearest.

We very much hope so because it is wildly entertaining to imagine William posting an eggplant emoji on Harry’s pics.

Or Prince Charles chiming in (a la Mick Jagger) with dorky dad comments like “Looks like fun. Ha!” or “Cool pic.”

Happy holidays?

The royal protocol-busting Harry and Meghan have now completed their incredibly long and busy tour of our corner of the world, and we hope they are a) snuggled under a blanket in front of a roaring fire somewhere cosy watching Bodyguard or b) sprawled on a banana lounge with a fancy drink reading the new Liane Moriarty.

And we hope they’re tagging their friends and family on Insta with a bit of the old love heart hands or  “wish you were here!” too.

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