May the best royal gumbootwerfer win!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continued their Down Under adventures in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday, and it was only fitting that the weather for the worst was over since they were both
The two exchanged their formal attire Diving into wet clothing and heavy rubber boots, they arrived at the North Shore Riding Club in the suburb of Redvale to devote an area of native shrubs to the Queen Commonwealth Canopy and plant native trees with local schoolchildren.
But the most anticipated event was the Gumboot-throwing contest in which the Royals teamed up with local schoolchildren.
Harry went first and smiled as the audience chanted. "Harry," before throwing his red dotted boot into the field. Then he gave Meghan a slap before her turn and grinned with obvious nerves before throwing the prize.
Harry's reaction? Demand a rematch!
"He congratulated her, but he said they need a rematch and he will win next time," said Sebastian van der Zwan, deputy editor of the New Zealand Journal Women's Day opposite ET
The Duchess was awarded a gumboot trophy for her efforts (received by one of her teammates, 1
"I think she thought there was no chance she would win," said Pinehill School student Isabella Iti, according to local news site Now to Love . "But she did it."
Gumboot Throwing is celebrated each year in the South Island of Taihape (aka "the Gumbo Capital of the World"), where an annual Gumboot Day has been taking place since 1985. The day includes the much anticipated Gumboat Toss competitions, where competitors compete as much as possible.
Although she was dressed for the rainy day, the pregnant Meghan still made it to look immaculate and fabulous in a blazer by New Zealand designer Karen Walker. Former star Suits wore a trench coat from the Kiwi fashion icon Sunday in Sydney, Australia when he arrived in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday – a move in which Walker's coat is now sold out
After the muddy competition, the duo with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern went to the children's charity Pillars, which organizes a reception for the couple in the evening. Then they met Auckland's Viaduct Harbor for a public tour, where Harry supposedly had a bit of fun grabbing a toddler's toy and holding it to his ear to see what sounds it might make. The Duke also received a jar of Marmite, a thick black New Zealand bread that was usually eaten on toast. Meanwhile, Meghan took the time to talk to a group of schoolgirls carrying a sign saying "We jump" at School 4. "
It seems that the Royals were not shaken by the miserable weather set by the" City of Sails ", saying with van der Zwan that the rain only highlighted how much the couple still has in their" Honeymoon "is phase" after her wedding in May.
"It was an unusually wet and wild day out in the country, but Harry and Meghan took it step by step, arm in arm through the mud, as they arrived to plant trees," he says. "He had a protective arm at all times, it's clear they're still in the honeymoon stage, and he's especially concerned about having a baby on board now."
More of the Royals' time in New Zealand below.