Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave goodbye to Australia

Glen Mclaughlin
October 30, 2018

The royal couple touched down in New Zealand from Sydney on Sunday for the last stop on their 16-day tour.

They held hands as they left the aircraft and were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Wellington mayor Justin Lester before mingling with the Invictus athletes. Meghan got a big cheer when she opened her speech with a greeting in indigenous Maori.

On Sunday evening, the couple will attend a reception celebrating the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage. The event was delayed after a fire alarm, believed to have been triggered by an atomizer spreading air freshener in a bathroom, forced guests to briefly evacuate the building.

Harry and Meghan each performed a "hongi" with Maori elders, in which they pressed noses together to share a breath. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be greeted with 21-gun salute and a Haka after they will land at Wellington about 3 PM (New Zealand Time).

The brooch designer, 10-year-old Alexandra MacKay from Wellington, said she was in shock after meeting the Duchess and having her accept the red rose brooch she made this morning with her friend Rebecca Sainsbury, 10.

Another young fan could be seen holding up a sign which said: "Hi Harry, I'm Harry", in large green letters.

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Greta Crowe, 11, said she told the couple that the best part of being a girl guide was getting to meet them.

The tour coincides with the fourth Invictus Games - this year held in Sydney - an global sporting competition for wounded veterans and members of the military created by Prince Harry in 2014.

They later met the crowds during a walkabout at the National War Memorial.

The couple have already visited Fiji and Tonga on the marathon trip, and closed the Invictus Games in Sydney on Saturday night. The games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.

The royal couple could expect nippier weather in New Zealand after leaving behind the Australian beaches and Pacific climates throughout their ongoing tour.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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