Maori ceremony for duke and duchess as royal tour ends

Meghan Markle
Meghan and Harry given traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand

01 November, 2018

The couple will now fly back to London tomorrow, following their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Meghan and Prince Harry were meeting fans at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when Meghan recognised a familiar face.

A powhiri is a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony that features dancing, singing and a hongi - or traditional Maori greeting.

The Duchess of Sussex showed off her welly-wanging prowess with a deft underarm throw on the latest stop of their marathon royal tour.

Meghan deleted her Instagram shortly after Kensington Palace announced she and Harry were in relationship.

Hannah Sergel, from Christchurch, New Zealand, first spoke to Meghan on social media in 2016.

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"There wasn't too much of a rivalry", Isabella Iti, 10, said after the gumboot toss.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on hand to dedicate the area to the Queen's Canopy.

"I think she was thinking that there was no chance that she would win". The New Zealand government gave NZ$5,000 ($3,271) to Pillars in recognition of couple's interest in programmes that support vulnerable children. What she didn't realize was that her skirt was totally see through, showing off more than what she had anticipated as royal fans caught a glimpse of what she was wearing underneath.

Meghan Markle married Prince Harry on May 19, 2018 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.

Pictured in a range of outfits from Jason Wu to Emilia Wickstead, and occasionally cradling her baby bump, the duchess was praised by many for sticking to a gruelling schedule of 76 engagements.

And while it may have been their last day travelling the country and in a town of 70,000, the crowd for the royals' final public walkabout was the biggest of the New Zealand leg.

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