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Oz going bananas for Meghan and Harry!

Will you beard my
friend: Luke Vincent
gets a hug from
Meghan, before
tugging on Harry’s
beard PICTURES: PA

THE pregnant Duchess of Sussex told a wellwisher she is ‘running on adrenaline’ during her first royal tour — but she still made time for home baking.

Meghan took her own loaf of banana bread to a lunch with farmers as she and Prince Harry continued their visit to Australia.

The duchess spoke about motherhood with farmer Emily Carroll as both she and Harry fussed over her one-year old daughter Ruby.

Arise: The banana loaf made by the Duchess of Sussex

Ms Carroll, 33, said: ‘Meghan told me that she’s feeling pretty good so far, and that she’s running on adrenaline. She said they’re doing 76 engagements in 16 days, with maybe one rest in the middle. They’re both great with kids.’

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had travelled 190 miles from Sydney — where Kensington Palace announced she is expecting a baby next March — to the city of Dubbo in New South Wales.

Wearing Outlander jeans, an Australian brand, a Maison Kitsune shirt and Serena Williams Collection jacket, Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, spoke to volunteers and dedicated a new plane for the Royal Flying Doctor Service as it marked its 90th anniversary.

Dubbo has suffered from drought for two years but it poured with rain, which the duke called a ‘gift’, as hundreds came to see the couple at Victoria Park.

Harry joked ‘I’ve got my wife’ as he was offered an umbrella before taking to the lectern, as Meghan provided shelter at his side. ‘You people are the salt of the earth, hard working and as tough as they come,’ Harry said.

Luke Vincent, five, was hugged by Meghan and stroked the prince’s beard. School principal Anne Van Darrel said: ‘Luke’s favourite person in the world is Santa Claus, who has a beard. So he rubbed Harry’s beard.’

Harry spoke to pupils at Clontarf Academy about the importance of discussing personal problems.

He said: ‘There is a stigma still attached from our parents’ and grandparents’ time not to talk about mental health.’