Prince Harry and Meghan start the Aussie tour with baby gifts
SYDNEY – A beaming Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled thousands of fans at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday during their first public meeting since the newly-released pregnancy of former Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan spent more than the 20 minutes of their schedule to talk to as many well-wishers as possible and shake hands with them. Meghan wore cards and flowers from an enthusiastic crowd in a beige trench coat over a sleeveless cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee.
The news of the pregnancy was announced after the couple arrived on Monday and 15 hours before their arrival in Sydney. The first public appearance The two are on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, whose staff members of the Kensington Palace, despite confirming that the former American actress is pregnant, would not change anything.
Among those surprised by the announcement were their hosts Sydney, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne Cosgrove. The Governor-General, representing Queen Elizabeth II, Australia's head of state and Harry's grandmother, sent coworkers to hurry to buy a toy kangaroo with a Joey in her pocket and a tiny pair of Australian sheepskin boots for her pregnant guest.
"Here's your first present for the nursery," said the Governor-General to the couple during the official welcome at his official residence, the Admiralty House.
"Thanks, that's so cute," Meghan said as she received the toy. 19659011] The pregnancy has made headlines all over Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald ran the headline, "A Smooth Trip to Sydney, but Royals Show Upswing Along the Way." Darwin's irreverent NT News chose the headline: "Ginger Pregs" – a game on a long-running Australian comic about a mischievous redhead named "Ginger Meggs."
Outside the opera on Tuesday, Harry stayed the longest with the war widow, Daphne Dunne, 98, whom he hugged as they chatted  It was the third time they met, as Harry's eye, on a visit to Sydney in 2015 Victoria Cross medal on her chest. She explained that her first husband Albert Chowne received the highest honor in the British Honor System after he died in Papua New Guinea in 1945.
This time, Meghan accompanied Harry in greeting the Dunne, who admired the prince's work with veterans.
"Oh my god, is that Daphne?" Meghan asked.  Later, Dunne Meghan said to her, "She had heard everything about me, she is so beautiful."
"I wish them all the best with the baby on the way and said, that's what Harry has been waiting for so long has, "Dunne added.
Before Megan put on her coat, her tight-fitting dress barely bumped as she was greeted at the first event of the day at Sydney Harbor Side Villa, where the two remain.
The focus of this commitment was to meet Invictus Games representatives from the 18 countries involved in the event, which begins Saturday. Launched by Harry in 2014, the sporting event offers sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to participate in sports such as wheelchair basketball.
Several of the representatives congratulated the couple on their baby news. Meghan replied, "Thank you, we are very excited."
The couple later traveled by boat to Taronga Park Zoo, where they opened a research center and met two 10-month-old koalas named after them.
They saw a local dance company rehearse inside the opera house before meeting the public.
The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation by royal observers as to why Meghan did not want to join Harry on his Sydney Harbor Bridge raid on Friday.
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37 – along with Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge – came to the fore last year as the 92-year-old queen slightly reduced her public schedule.
McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia.
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