Royal Tour, Day 13: Meghan and Harry leave Australia for New Zealand
The time has come for the Royal tour to come to an end and Australia to say goodbye to the couple
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan are getting ready to leave Australia. Picture: Peter ParksSource:AFP
NEARLY two weeks since they touched down in Sydney and announced they were expecting their first child, Harry and Meghan have finished their royal tour of Australia, flying out just after 10am Sunday.
The royal couple arrived at Sydney Airport just before 10am, greeting a handful of dignitari es before boarding the New Zealand Air force plane.
A strong wind whipped over the tarmac as Meghan and Harry said farewell to officials before the prince gave everyone a thumbs up.
The royal couple then climbed the stairs holding hands with Meghan giving a slight wave as she tried to hold down her hair in the strong breeze.
The breeze caused problems for Meghan. Picture: MatrixSource:Matrix
Meghan wore a lengthy, burgundy dress to board the New Zealand plane and showed off the same pair of suede pumps and nude saddle bag from last nightâs Invictus Games Closing Ceremony.
Meghan wore her staple pair of peach suede pumps from the brand Aquazzura, which retail for $A911.
The mini chain saddle bag held by Meghan was from the brand Cuyana, retailing for around $A315.
Meghan and Harry wave goodbye to Australia. Picture: MatrixSource:Matrix
Immediately after the royal coupleâs final wave to their Aussie fans, the door of the NZ Air force 757 closed and after a quick taxi down the runway, the plane took off.
The Duke and Duchess are now on their way to Wellington on the Royal New Zealand Air force plane with the Kiwi Invictus team.
Meghan and Harry boarded the plane holding hands.Source:Supplied
The athletes boarded the plane just after 9am while Harry and Meghanâs motorcade made its way to the airport.
Teams of police with sniffer dogs were seen carrying out security sweeps on the fringes of Sydney airport.
The New Zealand Invictus team boards the plane. Picture: Candace SuttonSource:Supplied
Aides were spotted earlier this morning carrying a copy of The Sunday Telegraph onto the royalsâ plane.
Upon arrival in Wellington, the couple will receive a Ceremony of Welcome which will include a haka.
Theyâll then lay a wreath at Pukeahu National War Memorial before meeting meet New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
After their sit down with Ms Ardern, the couple will attend a reception hosted by the Governor-general of New Zealand before celebrating the 125th anniversary of womenâs suffrage.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote.
Harry and Meghan will fly out on this plane. The bus carrying New Zealandâs Invictus athletes is parked on the tarmac at Sydney Airport. Picture: Candace SuttonSource:Supplied
Neither the NSW Premier nor the Prime Minister was there to farewell Harry and Meghan, but they were represented respectively by state housing minister Anthony Roberts and Federal MP Julian Leeser.
Colonel Michael Miller will say goodbye to the Duke and Duchess on behalf of the NSW governor, David Hurley.
With her visibly blooming royal bump, the Duchess of Sussex has managed to keep up with most of the 60 or more engagements on a hectic visit, greeted by enthusiastic crowds from the bush to the Pacific Islands.
The royal couple will spend three full days in New Zealand.
Harry and Meghan will tread a well beaten path by royal family members, vi siting Wellington, Auckland and Rotorua which is known for its thermal springs.
The Duke and Duchess will leave New Zealand on Thursday and are expected to fly home to the UK to await the birth of their baby.
The royal couple attended the Invictus Games closing ceremony last night where Meghan stole the show with a âvery personalâ speech to the 12,000-strong crowd.
The Duchess of Sussex gives an address during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Picture: Dan HimbrechtsSource:AAP
The beaming Duchess Of Sussex smiled and took to the stage with an easy confidence as she addressed the crowd at Qudos Bank Arena â" her only speech in Australia while on the royal tour.
âIt has been such an honour being here, supporting you and su pporting my husband at the Invictus Games which he started four years ago,â she said to cheers.
The 37-year-old mum-to-be spoke passionately about the âcamaraderie and close-knit sense of communityâ of the Games, before opening up to the crowd.
âOn a very personal note I want to thank you all for welcoming me into the Invictus family,â she said.
âIâm not sure if many of you know this but a few years ago, before I met my husband, I had the incredible honour of meeting troops deployed all over the world from the UK, Afghanistan and several other countries.
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âIn travelling to these military bases, I was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries. I was able to see the unshakeable bond between servicemen and women on the ground together, but at the same time to feel the palpable longing for family and friends while deployed. Once home, the need for that anchor of support from loved ones, especially given how much it accelerates recovery and rehabilitation is immeasurable. Iâve been reminded of those memories here.â
The royal couple attended the wheelchair basketball final last night. Picture: Saeed KhanSource:AFPSource: Google Australia | Netizen 24 Australia