Meghan Markle applauded for speaking Māori in New Zealand suffrage speech

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Our office has been buzzing with excitement since Harry and Meghan first announced their royal tour (to see where else Their Royal Highnesses will travel in Aotearoa, check out their tour itinerary).

"What the Duke and Duchess do really well - and what I hope reflects in some way or form on organisations throughout New Zealand - is this willingness to talk about your vulnerabilities and understand that that's a strength for New Zealand", he said.

Adorned in a checked Karen Walker coat and a simple, black ASOS Maternity dress, the duchess opted for a sleek bun hairdo that may have been as much practicality as style, with the capital's infamous wind rearing its head.

Britain's Prince Harry accepts a traditional challenge by Maori warriors during an official welcoming ceremony at Government House in Wellington.

Harry and Meghan were greeted with a powhiri - a ceremony involving singing and dancing - in Wellington.

That is daunting enough for anyone but Meghan accidentally put her foot in it when she arrived without wearing a hat, despite being subtly told to by upset royal aides.

Harry and Meghan will spend three more days in New Zealand before ending their 16-day tour across Australia, Tonga and Fiji, and New Zealand on Wednesday. They began their second day in New Zealand by visiting the Maranui Cafe on the Wellington coast, where they spoke to people offering mental-health support through helplines, social media and other programs. We all deeply thank you, ' Meghan praised the country's achievement. Earlier, they attended a royal banquet where Harry also delivered a message from his grandmother the Queen, who had visited Tonga herself on royal tours and become friendly with their monarchy.

Next stop is Pillars, a charity supporting children with a parent in prison, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The couple spent 45 minutes discussing mental wellbeing and learnt about initiatives and programmes supporting mental health in New Zealand, with a focus on youth.

After travelling to Rotorua on Wednesday morning, the couple will experience a formal powhiri at Te Papaiouru Marae from 11.30am and lunch held in Meghan's honour.

The couple then went on to meet Ruby Acevedo, 12, whose face was covered by prosthetics to make her appear like a monkey.

The couple met National Party leader Simon Bridges and his wife Natalie on Sunday afternoon - albeit slightly late after a fire alarm was activated, apparently by an air freshener in the toilets.

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