Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana on her first royal tour


Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) and Prince Harry attend a welcome reception at the Admiralty House on Tuesday evening (October 16) in Sydney, Australia.

Meghan said the koalas were "so, so sweet", while Harry reached out to pet one and asked about their diet and sleeping habits. Meghan, wearing a beige trench coat over a sleeveless cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, accepted cards and flowers from an enthusiastic crowd.

The announcement of the Duchess's pregnancy looks set to ensure those with smiles will outnumber any locals with frowns.

During this tour, they will visit Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. They received a soft kangaroo and joey from Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove.

The pre-baby bash usually sees expectant mothers showered in gifts and treats ahead of the baby's arrival. Darwin's irreverent NT News chose the headline: "Ginger Pregs" - a play on a long-running Australian comic strip about a mischievous red-head boy called "Ginger Meggs". 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.

War widow Mrs Dunne's first husband, Lieutenant Albert Chowne, died aged 25 in 1945 during an attack on a Japanese machine gun post in Papua New Guinea.

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And just a few hours after their big news was revealed, Harry gave a speech in which he touched upon their baby's gender.

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

Royal expert Victoria Arbiter explained that throwing a lavish baby shower is unheard of for members of the royal family.

The couple is in the midst of a nine-day tour of Australia for the Invictus Games, an athletic competition for wounded military veterans that Harry founded.

Meghan said: "I'm so glad I got to meet you. We are very excited".

They watched an indigenous dance company rehearse inside the Opera House before meeting the public.

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