Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana on her first royal tour

Meghan Markle honours Princess Diana on her first royal tour

The couple arrived in Sydney on Monday for a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific, just before news broke of their big announcement.

In remarks which went from honest to humorous, the duke spoke of his pleasure at being able to show off Australia to the duchess.

Her mum Rachelle Gibbons said: "Sethunya is very excited to be Meghan's mini me".

They will return to London from Auckland on 1 November.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: "There is a long history of friendship between the royal family and Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and their links with the United Kingdom are extensive".

Now 98 years old, her age hasn't stopped Dunne from getting out into the public to be reunited with her favourite member of the royal family, as well as Meghan Markle, who has been given the official stamp of approval!

The couple who married in May, were also given Akubras, traditional Australian hats.

It was the third time that they had met since Harry's eye caught sight of a Victoria Cross medal on her chest during a Sydney visit in 2015.

Staff at the zoo also showcased wallabies, quokkas and a short-legged echidna.

The couple have already been to the iconic Sydney Opera House and the city's famous Taronga Zoo.

Dunne then said, "I think it's wonderful the two of you".

War widow Mrs Dunne's first husband, Lieutenant Albert Chowne, died aged 25 in 1945 during an attack on a Japanese machine gun post in Papua New Guinea. Meghan replied: "Thank you so much. Harry has told me all about you and your special bond, it's so lovely you came to see us, thank you".

After Australia, the couple will fly to Fiji, where they will be greeted with an arrival ceremony similar to one attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.

Dunne later said Meghan told her "she had heard all about me; she's so attractive".

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