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 ”
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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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- New Zealand just gave Meghan and Harry’s baby THESE adorable gumboots
- The food pregnant Duchess Meghan was warned NOT to eat in Australia
- Forget what you’ve heard, Prince Harry looks almost EXACTLY like his grandpa
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🍃 At the beautiful Redwoods Forest in Rotorua, home of treewalks, mountain biking and 100-year old trees — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the spectacular Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua, a series of suspension bridges traversing the gaps between its majestic trees, each with their own living deck to ensure viewing platforms adapt to the trees’ rapid growth without any harm. #RoyalVisitNZ #NewZealand #Rotorua
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.
Getting ready for tonight’s @InvictusSydney closing ceremony, where we will celebrate the #InvictusGames competitors, and their friends and families. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will both speak at the ceremony this evening. #IG2018
📷 The Duchess of Sussex pic.twitter.com/XAck2r3wf4
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 27, 2018
Prince Harry getting all down with the kids on social media. This is his photo on the @instagram feed of @KensingtonRoyal as he flew in by helicopter today to Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s South Island #royalvisitnz 📷 pic.twitter.com/kuuqLmSysT
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) October 29, 2018
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.”
My new favorite thing is Mick Jagger leaving dorky dad comments on his teenage son's Instagram posts. pic.twitter.com/DFEmgwxKp4
— d. patrick rodgers (@dpatrickrodgers) May 30, 2018
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.