THE nine-hour wait to catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan proved worth every minute for two ten-year-old girls who bagged a picture with the royal couple.
Sophie Hubbard and Hope Watson were among the hundreds of well-wishers at the New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived, Jan Richardson, who had waited with the girls, was determined to capture the moment. ‘I decided to be quite blunt and asked three times, “Can I get a photo, can I get a photo?”,’ she said. ‘Harry said, “Yeah, sure!”
‘Meghan had started to talk to them and I thought I’m just going to ask.’
Harry and Meghan took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial before chatting to the crowds.
Among the gifts fans had for them was a homemade red-rose brooch from Alexandra MacKay, 10. Meghan immediately pinned it to her Karen Walker trench coat. ‘She said, “Wow, how did you make it? How long did it take?”’ said Alexandra, who wants to be a fashion designer. ‘This is a good start,’ she added.
Earlier in the day, the couple had received a traditional welcome to New Zealand when they rubbed noses with Maori elders in the grounds of Government House.
The couple also watched the fearsome haka and met schoolchildren, with the duchess saying the windy Wellington weather had left her cold.
Inside Government House, parents-to-be Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, met prime minister Jacinda Ardern, 38, who had her first child, a daughter, in June.
The couple’s visit to New Zealand is the last leg of their 16-day tour, their first official overseas trip, which has also taken in Australia, Fiji and Tonga.