E-News Icon zNews Icon Twitter icon RSS Feeds

Catching Up with Harry and Meghan Half a World Away

The global adoration for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has reached a new level with the exciting recent announcement of Meghan’s pregnancy. The royal couple will welcome their first child in the spring of 2019. Kensington Palace made the official announcement just before the couple embarked on their 16-day tour to visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Not long after rumours of the pregnancy began to spread, sources confirmed that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex first shared the happy news with their immediate family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, another highly celebrated recent royal event.

Of course, devoted royal fans around the world are over the moon about the announcement and will now be closely following the couple’s tour with an especially keen interest.

After arriving in Melbourne, Harry and Meghan were welcomed by Daniel Andrew, the Labor premiere of Victoria. “There’s some activities at Government House including an opportunity for the royal couple to meet lots of Victorians who I’m sure will be queued up to say ‘hello’ and to say ‘congratulations’ on the pregnancy, and then there’s a pretty full program of events,” he said.

According to the UK Press Association, Harry and Meghan were asked about baby names by twelve-year-old Charlie Wolf while riding on the Melbourne tram. ‘We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone,” replied Meghan. “We’re going to sit down and have a look at them.”

The couple then set off to the beach to learn about OneWave, a mental health support group that surf together. Harry has been open about his own experience with mental health challenges and has committed to help end the stigma with “Heads Together”, a foundation he created with William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Harry told the group that every person will experience poor mental health at one point in their lives. “It took me not six months, but 18 months to find the right person to speak to,” he shared. “You’re not going to find the right person to speak to straight away.”

Charlotte Connell, a member of OneWave who is also pregnant, was impressed with Meghan handling both jet lag and early pregnancy by getting up at 4:30 in the morning to participate in a yoga class. “She said it’s so good for healing her mind,” said Connell. “For her to be jet lagged and pregnant must be pretty exhausting.”

After a busy few days, Meghan took time to rest while Harry showed his support at the Invictus Games on Saturday. Kensington Palace also made an announcement stating that “the duke and duchess have decided to cut back on the duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of tour.” Harry travelled to the next stop on Fraser Island to promote the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project, an initiative that will help protect the Island’s two-hundred thousand acres of rainforest. Meghan was able to surprise the awaiting crowd and reunite with Harry later on for the rest of the day’s engagements.

Harry and Meghan will leave for Fiji and Tonga next before returning to Sydney for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games on October 27.

– Tessa Giftopoulos

Share:
This entry was posted in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.