Harry and Meghan visited some of Sydney’s most iconic sights today as they kicked off their shoes and took part in an ‘anti-bad vibes circle’ on Bondi beach before the prince scaled Harbour Bridge.
The city, which has been gripped by ‘Meg-Mania’, was filled with thousands of royal fans as the Duke of Sussex and his pregnant wife travelled back east from Melbourne to kick off the fourth day of their tour Down Under.
Harry and Meghan, who cradled her baby bump in an £880 maxi-dress, arrived at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach first thing in the morning, joining the OneWave group to discuss mental health on the iconic stretch of sand.
During the session, Meghan spoke candidly about her pregnancy, telling another expectant mother that it felt ‘rather like jet lag’, while Harry was praised for his openness about his mental health battles.
Harry kicked off his shoes as soon as he hit the Bondi sand, before his beaming wife, wearing a dress by Australian designer Martin Grant, followed suit and unstrapped her heeled wedges.
The royal couple then spoke to children at a nearby school about equality, where a proud and passionate Meghan told students how her upbringing and first job ‘taking out the trash’ had made her the person she is today.
The duchess was then given the afternoon off as Harry scrambled up Harbour Bridge with competitors from the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded or sick armed forces veterans created by the prince.
In their final engagements on Friday, the royals met with Australia’s opposition leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorten, at Admiralty House, then the Prime Minister and his wife Scott and Jenny Morrison, at Kirribilli House.
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Harry and Meghan thrilled thousands of royal fans at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The prince is pictured while sharing a joke with local surfers, much to the delight of his beaming wife
Meghan and Harry held hands as they made their way to the sand on Friday, with the Duchess affectionately placing her hand on her bump
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry are seen with local surfing community group ‘OneWave’ on Bondi Beach, were
During a beach session, Meghan spoke candidly about her pregnancy, telling another expectant mother that it felt ‘rather like jet lag’, while Harry was praised for his openness about his mental health battles
Harry kicked off his shoes as soon as he hit the Bondi sand, before his beaming wife, wearing a dress by Australian designer Martin Grant, followed suit and unstrapped her heeled wedges
Harry and Meghan, who cradled her baby bump in an £880 maxi-dress, arrived at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach first thing in the morning, joining the OneWave group to discuss mental health on the iconic stretch of sand
Prince Harry and Meghan meet a local surfing community group, and playfully pull at the cape of a toddler (pictured) on Bondi Beach
A surfer embraces Meghan on the beach (shown left), while a toddler catches the attention of the mother-to-be (pictured right)
Hundreds of royal fans rushed down to Bondi Beach first thing this morning to catch a glimpse or a wave from the couple
A pregnant Meghan playfully greets a toddler (left) on Bondi Beach, as the royals repeatedly broke away from protocol to embrace people on the sand (right)
Meghan changed from her Martin Grant maxi beach dress into a sleeveless navy dress as she and Harry arrived at the girls school in the city following a visit to the beach
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Prince Harry and Meghan watch a dance performance on a visit to Macarthur Girls High School, where the duchess gave pupils an inspiring speech about equality and her own upbringing
Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (second form left) and Invictus Games athletes (right) for one of the best views of the city
Meghan and Harry, who changed into a suit and tie after his trip up Harbour Bridge, finished the day with a meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny
The royal couple signed the visitor book at Kirribilli House in Sydney, where they met with Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and his wife, Jenny
The Duchess, dazzling in a navy blue dress by British label Roksanda, reaches for a pen from her husband Prince Harry as she signs the guest book at Kirribilli House, the secondary official residence of the Australian leader
Harry and Meghan also met with the opposition leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorten at Admiralty House in Sydney
During a trip to Bondi Beach at the start of the day, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that she had woken up at 4.30am to do yoga and told a group it was ‘so good for healing your mind’.
Meghan and Harry visited the famous beach for Fluro Friday, a session aimed at encouraging discussion around mental health which included an ‘anti-bad vibes’ circle and yoga practice.
The couple arrived to cheers at 8.30am and were both presented with leis – a pink garland for Meghan and a blue one for Harry.
Charlotte Connell, 35, was at the beach with her son Finn and said the duchess had been suffering from the ‘double whammy’ of jet lag and pregnancy.
Mrs Connell, who is 23 weeks pregnant, said: ‘Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag. She said she was up at 4.30am this morning doing yoga in her room as she couldn’t sleep.
‘It’s a bit of a double whammy for her, she said, as she has both the baby and jet lag to contend with.’
Hundreds of royal fans took to the beach, hoping to catch a royal wave on the latest stop for Harry and Meghan on their 16-day tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
The Duchess of Sussex appears to brush some stray grains of sand from her Prince’s hair during their meeting with members of the surfing community group, OneWave, which raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing, on Bondi Beach in Sydney on Friday morning
The Duke and Duchess seemed to thoroughly enjoy their morning on the sand. Meghan is seen chatting animatedly to a member of the OneWave surfing group on Bondi Beach (left), while Prince Harry (right), wearing a floral lei like his wife, is presented with a box of flowers by a tiny surfer chick
Ahead of his Harbour Bridge climb, the Duke swapped his blazer and trousers for a short sleeved black shirt before making quick pace, swapping his position between up to a dozen others to chat to different climbing companions.
However, he decided to forgo the goofy bright blue and grey jumpsuit thousands of tourists have been photographed wearing as they smile at the arch’s summit.
As luck would have it, the morning clouds and fog cleared up by the time he began his ascent about 3pm, treating him to an unblemished view as a flag advertising the Invictus Games flew next to the Australian flag.
When they made it to the top, Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and four others posed side-by-side for a memorable photo with the harbour and Opera House in the background.
Mr Morrison appeared out of breath when the group reached the summit, but former military man Harry looked relaxed and unfazed by the arduous climb.
Others making the climb with the prince included Invictus Games ambassador Gwen Cherne whose husband, veteran Peter Cafe, took his own life last February, and Luke Hill, Ruth Hunt and Peter Rudland.
‘The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an Australian icon and I can think of no better place to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag,’ Mr Morrison said earlier in the day.
‘It will be especially wonderful for the Duke and me to share this moment with members of the Australian Team before they get ready to compete for Australia.’
The duchess was given the afternoon off as Harry scrambled up Harbour Bridge with competitors from the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded or sick armed forces veterans created by the prince
The Duke made quick pace up the bridge (shown left), swapping his position between up to a dozen others to chat with and even hug some climbing companions (shown right)
The group scaled the iconic bridge in quick time with former soldier Harry leading the charge of the 1,322 steps
Once at the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour, Prince Harry planted the Invictus Games flag alongside the Australian ensign
The Duke of Sussex walks at the head of the group followed by Mr Morrison and the four Invictus Games competitors
The morning clouds and fog cleared up by the time he began his ascent about 3pm, treating Prince Harry to an unblemished view as a flag advertising the Invictus Games flew next to the Australian flag
Later in the afternoon, Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge alongside Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (far right) and Invictus Games athletes (left) for one of the best views of the city
Harry paused at the summit of the climb, pointing out landmarks across the city with his right arm
The Prince appeared to be having the time of his life as effortlessly scaled the famous steel structure, grinning ear-to-ear while cutting a cool figure in dark sunglasses
The pilgrimage, almost mandatory for any Sydney visitor, follows a comprehensive safety briefing with climbers hooked up to wires running up the steel structure throughout the climb
Harry gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to photographers as he looks back mid-climb to take in the breathtaking view
A flag advertising the Invictus Games, which start on Saturday in Sydney, flew next to the Australian flag
After stopping to admire the view, the group headed down the other side of the bridge after crossing the span
The Duke swapped his blazer and trousers for a short sleeved black shirt and waves as he began the climb (pictured) but decided to forgo the goofy bright blue jumpsuit thousands of tourists have been photographed wearing as they smile at the arch’s summit
The pilgrimage, almost mandatory for any Sydney visitor, follows a comprehensive safety briefing with climbers hooked up to wires running up the steel structure throughout the climb.
Getting to the top requires climbing 1,332 stairs up on arch, across the span, and down the other side through sometimes ferocious winds.
All those steps burns about 500 calories, which will help maintain his trim figure ahead of a sumptuous dinner with Mr Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at Admiralty House this evening.
Harry’s cracking pace meant he completed the up to 3.5-hour climb in less than an hour.
Following the Bondi visit, the mother-to-be and her husband arrived at Macarthur Girls School in Parramatta, shortly after students had finished a final year exam.
Meghan changed from her Martin Grant beach dress into a sleeveless navy frock with a pale blue band on the bottom of the skirt by Roksanda.
The design, which retails for £1,295, is Meghan’s first nod to the British fashion industry while on tour.
Harry slipped on a dark navy blazer and checkered shirt, wearing the same beige chinos he donned while chatting to locals on the sand at the world-famous beach.
The location of the school visit was supposed to have been kept secret from students – but secrets are hard to keep in the era of social media.
‘Most of you would probably have got up this morning, got ready for school and turned up thinking it was going to be a normal day at school. Is that right?’ New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian asked an assembly before the royal’s arrival.
Prince Harry and Meghan’s school visit was their second official engagement of the day. Above, they are seen being entertained by a dance group
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are seen with students at Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney’s west on Friday
The couple heard about the National Rugby League’s In Harmony program, which aims to unite and empower young people to be advocates of positive change
The location of the royal couple’s school visit had been kept secret to even the students. Meghan is seen as she and Year Nine students hear about the girls’ social justice project and youth empowerment
The Duchess of Sussex is seen speaking to a teacher during a visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney on Friday
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left), along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, watch a dance performance at the Sydney school
The answer was unanimously ‘No.’
The premier added: ‘You knew I was coming. Did you know anyone else was coming?’ to which the room replied: ‘Yes’.
But the whole school erupted in shrieks and cheers as Harry and Meghan walked into the assembly.
The pair smiled as group of dancers entertained the loved-up royal guests with a performance to the Frankie Goes To Hollywood version of The Power of Love – before they spent time talking to students about the girls’ social justice project and youth empowerment.
The Duchess of Sussex told the students how her upbringing at an all-girls school and her first job ‘taking out the trash’ has made her ‘the person she is today’.
Meghan, who has even put her ‘feminist manifesto’ on the Buckingham Palace website – said she felt ’emotional’ hearing their passionate views of the students.
Harry, who is now said to identify as a feminist, told the girls he wants men to add their voices to the fight for equality.
‘Men can help as well by getting involved, we have to,’ he said. ‘We need to get men’s voices involved as soon as possible.’
His wife, who has been a long-term advocate for women’s rights, told students that their projects, including making boxes of supplies for women in need, made her proud.
Teachers explained that the girls have been taking an ‘integrated course’ on top of their usual studies, to give them ’21st century capabilities’ including creativity and critical thinking
The Duchess of Sussex told students how her upbringing at an all-girls school and her first job ‘taking out the trash’ has made her ‘the person she is today’
‘You guys all remind me so much of myself when I was growing up,’ she told 14-year-old girls. ‘I went to an all girls school which was incredibly diverse as well.
‘I think being around such empowered young women, it becomes something that you all just grasp onto to understand your world. It’s made you confident, well-spoken. You have an intention set to really do something to change the world, and you have to keep it up.
‘It makes me so emotional. You’re doing really, really good work and I’m so happy that we’re here. We give you our full support.’
‘Don’t stop,’ the Prince reiterated. ‘Get more people involved, guys as well.’
Teachers explained that the girls have been taking an ‘integrated course’ on top of their usual studies, to give them ’21st century capabilities’ including creativity and critical thinking, with ‘a core focus on making a change in local communities’.
One project saw them make boxes of supplies to donate to vulnerable women via police stations and refuge centres, while in another they created notebooks to pass forward for students to write about the women who have inspired them.
Coincidentally, one pupil had written about the Duchess long before the royal visit had been announced. Tahlia Ohenhen, 15, told the Duke and Duchess how another group had created picture books to teach younger children about poverty and encourage them to treat those less fortunate with kindness and empathy.
The royals look on during their surprise visit to the school in Sydney’s west on Friday. The pair were entertained with a dance to the Frankie Goes To Hollywood version of The Power of Love
A student’s tribute to Meghan is pictured during her visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney on Friday
The couple nodded as Tahlia added: ‘The younger you get your children educated on things like this, the easier it is for them to grow up and be aware of it and make a difference.’
‘Kindness and empathy lacks big time in the world,’ Harry said. ‘It’s so great you are passionate about all of this. ‘You realise this is the generation that’s going to make all the difference?’
The Duke and Duchess were introduced to teenage boys and girls from the NRL’s In League In Harmony project, which aims to unite young people from diverse communities to be ‘advocates for positive change in their communities’.
Sitting separately, with a mixed-sex group each, the couple listened to young people’s growing up in Australia, and day-to-day lives.
As one young man told the Duchess about his part-time job, she empathised: ‘My first job when I was 14, I remember taking out the trash, all sorts. It give you a good work ethic, right?’
She joined groups of students from across different schools in Sydney who have been introduced via the programme, which teaches them: ‘Everybody belongs.’
‘It’s so important,’ said the Duchess. ‘All these people you know of in your neighbourhood, now you know them and you’re united. You’re proud of where you’re from, you can champion where you’re from and make people see it for what it is.’
Harry, sitting with a second group of youngsters, joked that he was ‘clinging onto my youth at the age of 34,’ said he now looked to the younger generation for inspiration.
‘We’re so lucky that wherever we go in the world, we’re finding young people like you guys,’ he said. ‘This sweeping wave of kindness and optimism and empathy that’s seems to be lacking in some of the previous generation. You guys get a kick out of that, right?’
Schoolgirls wait eagerly with their mobile phones ready to go before the arrival of the royal mother and father-to-be
Meghan wore a stylish monochrome dress by Australian designer Martin Grant as she and Harry arrived in Bondi on Friday
The prince opted for a more casual look compared with previous days, donning beige chinos and a blue shirt. He slipped off his shoes as he stepped on to Bondi’s famous sand
Meghan has a go at waxing a surfboard alongside experienced surfers and mental health advocates on Bondi Beach this morning
The mother and father-to-be arrived in Bondi just before 8.30am. The pair are pictured making their way to the sand
Earlier on Friday, as royal fans gathered at Bondi Beach, one sign held by a member of the crowd said: ‘Happy Fluro Friday Harry and Meghan. Well worth the flight from Brisbane and the 3.30 alarm. Please make my dreams come true. Meghan, come say g’day.’
The duke and duchess met members of OneWave, a local surfing community group which raises awareness of mental health issues and holds the Fluro Friday sessions weekly.
They then went on to meet the lifeguard stars of TV show Bondi Rescue – who presented the couple with a lifeguard outfit for their forthcoming baby.
Lifeguard Jake Nolan, who has previously met Harry on Bondi Beach, said: ‘He said that he’d met us before – he came by the tower.
‘We had a bit of a laugh because last time he was here he was out for a run and he said “Last time I was a bit sweaty when I met you”. We got them a little lifeguard uniform – mini shorts, mini shirt.’
ONEWAVE FOUNDER GRANT TREBILCO AND ‘FLURO FRIDAY’
Grant Trebilco founded OneWave in 2013 following his own battles with mental health. He was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Friday morning as part of their royal tour where they sat on the sand and spoke openly about their mental health during an ‘anti-bad vibes circle’ with surfers.
Mr Trebilco was diagnosed with bipolar in 2012 and had to be hospitalised for the illness. When released, he found help through relationships with his friends and surfing.
This inspired him to launch OneWave, a non-profit surfing community, to ensure mental health sufferers had a safe space to talk about their experiences with saltwater therapy and surfing.
‘I want anyone experiencing mental health issues to have the opportunity to experience how good feels to get in the ocean and catch a wave,’ Mr Trebilco said on his website.
The creative initiative of ‘Fluro Friday’ has spread around the world, raising awareness by surfing in fluro.
Grant Trebilco (pictured left with the Duchess of Sussex) founded OneWave in 2013 following his own battles with mental health
The purpose is to draw attention to mental health, as the topic is often avoided in the public eye.
Mr Trebilco said that bright colours make people happy and they help start conversations about an invisible issue.
While it started with Mr Trebilco dressed in bright colours swimming on his own, the group quickly grew to dozens of men talking about mental illness and how to support friends and family who are suffering.
Fluro Friday first started at Bondi Beach in 2013 but has spread to more than 100 beaches globally.
Some locations include California, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zealand, Bali, India, Samoa and Fiji.
Mr Trebilco (pictured left with the Duke of Sussex) was diagnosed with bipolar in 2012 and found help through relationships with his friends and surfing
Harry and Meghan meet Grant Trebilco and Sam Schumacher, founder and co-founder of OneWave, a local surfing community group raising awareness for mental health
The Duchess of Sussex removes her shoes after meeting Grant Trebilco and Sam Schumacher, founder and co-founder of OneWave
Meghan waves to the crowd as she and Prince Harry wind up their Bondi visit – as they prepared to make a surprise school visit
Meghan and Harry were presented with their own leis, before joining a circle on the sand as part of the mental health session
Meghan tours Bondi Beach in a $1,615 maxi dress by Australian designer Martin Grant
Meghan looked radiant in a khaki maxi-dress from Melbourne -born designer Martin Grant’s 2019 Resort collection
Despite the damp and dreary conditions, Meghan looked radiant in a khaki maxi-dress from
The $1,615 (£880) gown featured a straight, sleeveless neckline and full pleated skirt, with contrasting caramel and white stripes.
The pregnant Duchess, 37, paired the contemporary design with $147 (GBP £80) Castaner canvas wedge espadrilles, but she swiftly broke with royal protocol when she ditched them to step onto the sand.
It’s not the first time the Duchess has worn Martin Grant, after she plumped for the French-based Australian on Tuesday and Thursday with her stylish trench coat.
Meghan kept accessories to a minimum, wearing a simple $418 teardrop pendant from Los Angeles jewellery designer Adina Reyter.
The delicate, yellow gold necklace is made with 14 carats and pavé diamonds, and will be available online from October 22.
Anthony Carroll, known as Harries, added: ‘It was amazing, they’re such beautiful, down-to-earth people. I’m really humbled and proud.’
Four-year-old Olivia Rose Ryan was one of the last to see the duke and duchess as they left the beach.
The youngster, who had been watching from her grandmother’s balcony, held out a hairband to the couple and Harry did a quick U-turn from entering the car to say hello.
Olivia Rose’s mother Louisa, 38, said: ‘He said thank you very much for the present for the baby. He was beautiful, charming and just lovely.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen on the sand at Bondi Beach during their visit to Sydney on the fourth day of the royal couple’s visit to Australia
Prince Harry and Meghan pose in a group photo with local surfing community group, known as OneWave, raising awareness for mental health and wellbeing
Meghan and Harry are seen strolling along the Bondi shore as they share a joke with a member of local surfing group, OneWave
Meghan looked radiant during the Bondi visit, wearing a khaki maxi-dress from Melbourne-born designer Martin Grant
Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex pose for a photograph at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach on Friday morning
Chatting with another group of surfers, Harry said he had never waxed a board before, so he and Meghan both had a go
The couple made time in their busy schedule to greet hundreds of royal fans who patiently waited to catch a glimpse of the pair
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan clap members of the OneWave community as they enjoy day four of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific
Meghan looked radiant in her maxi dress on the beach, while Harry (shown talking to a member of the OneWave team) opted for chinos and a shirt
OneWave founder Grant Trebilco said the royal couple had been ‘so nice, so friendly’.
‘They were so open. Harry said asking for help was not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. We need to talk about this stuff. No matter what you are going through you don’t have to do it alone,’ he said.
‘Meghan shared how yoga is her escape, she does yoga daily and how her mum is a yoga instructor. Harry talked about how everyone has their different recipe and how much sports can help with your mental health.
‘He said he and Meghan had surfed before. We tried to get him in and told him we had a wet suit and surf board ready for him, but he said he couldn’t. They were so engaging, they had time for everyone and really felt part of the One Wave community.’
Mr Trebilco suffered from mental health issues for a decade but felt unable to talk about them. He was eventually diagnosed as being bi-polar and hospitalised.
He said surfing was ‘his saviour’ and he finally felt able to open up to his closest friends, who were incredibly sympathetic to him and also shared issues of their own.
He then created Fluro Fridays – where people dress up in fluorescent clothes and go to the beach, with the aim of fostering an atmosphere where others can open up about their own mental health issues.
The royal couple also met and shared jokes with local lifeguards (left), made famous by television series Bondi Rescue
Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan are pictured meeting a young child during their Bondi Beach visit on Friday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand
Meghan is seen preparing to take part in OneWave’s mental health awareness session on the sand at the world-famous beach
Meghan is seen laughing as she mingled with locals on Friday morning. She and Harry spent about half an hour on the sand
‘To have the duke and duchess down at Flouro Friday helped make mental health visible around the world,’ Mr Trebilco said.
‘One thing that really stood out for me was that Prince Harry said asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. Mental health is invisible. You can’t see when people are struggling.
‘Wearing the bright flouro helps start conversations that never usually happen around mental health. It reduces that barrier. Those bright colours show we can make it visible and we don’t have to go through it alone.’
Bondi local Charlie Adams is happy the royal couple are using their influence to shine a spotlight on mental illness and OneWave.
‘I think there is still a lot of stigma around mental health and it’s great that Harry and Meghan are addressing that here today,’ Mr Adams said.
Harry and Meghan are pictured chatting with OneWave members, while a small child gazes adoringly at the prince
Meghan appears to clean sand from her husband’s ear as they take part in OneWave’s Fluro Friday session on Friday morning
The purpose of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit will later come back into focus, with the prince officially marking the arrival of the Invictus Games in the Harbour City
Britain’s Duchess of Sussex hugs a participant of Fluro Friday, an event organised by surfing community OneWave tackling mental health issues
Harry is seen pointing to the north while his beaming wife flashes a smile as they speak with members of a local surfing group
Meghan is seen shaking hands with Bondi Beach head lifeguard Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins on Friday morning
Meanwhile, Jacob Andrews, 12, has met some of the world’s biggest pop stars – from Justin Bieber to Selena Gomez and Rihanna – but as far as he’s concerned, none match the celebrity status of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Friday was the second time Jacob had met Prince Harry, following an encounter at Circular Quay when he was seven.
This time in Bondi, Jacob didn’t get a selfie with the young royal – but Meghan took a copy of a picture he had taken with her husband the first time they met.
‘I was nervous,’ Jacob said of the wait at Bondi Beach. ‘Mum was nervous. Everyone was pushing and it went crazy.’
But it was worth the effort when the couple approached him on the sand.
‘I said ”hi, nice to meet you”. They said ”thank you”.’
Friday was the second time Jacob Andrews, 12, met Prince Harry, following a previous encounter (pictured) in Sydney
Jacob Andrews is pictured holding a photograph of himself as a seven-year-old when he met Prince Harry at Circular Quay
The Duke of Sussex is seen mingling with dozens of members of the public on Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Friday morning
The royal couple will spend the weekend in the Harbour City, before heading to Queensland’s Fraser Island on Monday
Prince Harry and Meghan pose with Grant Trebilco and Sam Schumacher, founder and co-founder of OneWave
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex ditched their shoes (pictured) as the royal couple hit the sand at Bondi Beach
During his conversation with the royals, Jacob handed Meghan a toy kangaroo dressed in pyjamas for the couple’s first child.
Jacob, who has also met actors Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Ephron, said Friday’s encounter with the prince topped them all.
‘Probably up the top because he’s one of the royals,’ he said.
And he wouldn’t even miss a day’s school.
‘I’m just going to be a bit late,’ he said. ‘I have to get McDonald’s first.’
Meanwhile, local artist Lizmania arrived at the iconic beach at about 5.30am with hopes of being the first half-woman, half-fish to meet the royal couple.
‘I’m the Bondi mermaid,’ the local institution said. ‘We’re just going to say hello to the Duke and Duchess. I’m going to be lying down in the water there.’
Bondi artist Lizmania arrived at the beach about 5.30am with hopes of being the first half-woman, half-fish to meet the royal couple
Part of the Bondi Rescue team were presented with their own floral leis as Meghan and Harry visited the iconic beach
The Duke of Sussex is swarmed by members of the public during the fourth day of the official 16-day Autumn tour
Royal fever hit Bondi on Friday morning as thousands of Australians gathered to catch a glimpse of Meghan and Price Harry
G’day Meghan and Harry: Hundreds of royal fans held welcome signs as the Duke and Duchess arrived at the beach
Two men wearing Union Jack budgy smugglers are seen waiting for their chance to catch a glimpse of the royal couple
Lizmania – which has been her real name for the past 12 years – was with her Pomeranian poodle, Tipseatoes.
‘Tipseatoes is going to be the first merpuppy that gets a royal hug,’ she said. ‘This is going to be the first time that the Duke and Duchess have glitter on them.’
Later, the purpose of Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit will come back into focus, with the prince officially marking the arrival of the Invictus Games in the Harbour City.
The couple met surfing group OneWave and take part in the group’s mental health awareness session, Fluro Friday
Members of the crowd are seen waiting for the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Bondi Beach on Friday morning
The mother and father-to-be arrived at the iconic beach at about 8.30am and once again mingled with members of the public
A woman and child dressed up to take part in ‘Fluro Friday’, which coincided with the royal couple’s visit to Bondi Beach
Before Prince Harry and Meghan arrived on Friday morning, Lizmania happily posed on the sand with a pair of policemen
Thousands of royal fans gathered at Sydney’s Bondi Beach as the world’s most famous couple continue their whirlwind tour of Australia
Harry will then take his trip to Sydney to new heights by climbing the Harbour Bridge.
To officially welcome the Games to the city, the Duke, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and athletes will scale the bridge to plant the Invictus flag.
But the Duchess of Sussex will give the bridge climb a miss.
The newlywed’s tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney which runs from October 20-28.
Cranky in the country! Prince Harry playfully mocks a little girl because she didn’t want to get a photo with him
Prince Harry has cheekily mocked a young girl (pictured) who put a hand on her hips and refused to take a photograph with the royal
Prince Harry cheekily mocked a camera-shy young girl who refused to pose for a photograph with the visiting royal.
While thousands of fans have clamoured for a piece of the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan Markle, this toddler in Dubbo had other ideas.
She placed her left hand on her hip and stubbornly refused to move forward and say hello to a bemused prince.
He in turn placed his hands on his hips to playfully mimic the young girl before bending down to give her a hug.
The girl’s parents were heard in the background giggling at their daughter’s behaviour during the meet-and-greet in Dubbo on Wednesday before pushing her slightly forward to chat to the prince.
The sporting event founded by Prince Harry in 2014 gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
The couple arrived back in Sydney on Thursday evening after spending the day delighting eager fans in Melbourne.
The Duke and Duchess dabbled in some footy, got a taste of Australia’s native cuisine, took a tram ride with school children and visited a blustery bayside beach.
Friday is the couple’s second day in Sydney after a jam-packed Tuesday where they greeted fans at Sydney Opera House, watched a rehearsal from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bangarra Dance Theatre, visited Taronga Zoo and attended a reception at Admiralty House.
Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind three-week tour of Australasia
The royal couple kicked off their tour in Sydney on Tuesday with a walkabout, a visit to Taronga Zoo, and a tour of the Opera House
Tuesday, October 16: Sydney, Australia – The first day of the tour began and ended at Admiralty House after a visit to the zoo and Sydney Opera House.
Wednesday, October 17: Dubbo, Australia – The couple flew to Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, to meet drought affected farmers, followed by a visit to a local school and a community BBQ.
Thursday, October 18: Melbourne, Australia – Harry and Meghan arrived in the southern city, visiting Government House and social enterprise café. The Duke and Duchess will travel on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach
Friday, October 19: Sydney, Australia – Harry and Meghan will visited Bondi Beach. The Duke climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag.
Saturday, October 20: Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. In the evening, Harry and Meghan will attend a reception at the Opera House.
Sunday, October 21: Sydney, Australia – Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will watch some Invictus Games events, including cycling and sailing.
Monday October 22: Fraser Island, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Queensland’s Fraser Island.
Tuesday, October 23: Suva, Fiji – Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport, before calling on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House followed by a State Dinner.
Wednesday, October 24: Suva, Fiji – His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial, and meet a number of Fijian war veterans. The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence and to Suva Market.
On Wednesday they were greeted by huge crowds of wellwishers in drought-hit Dubbo, where the royal visit coincided with some much-needed rainfall. Prince Harry bonded with one adorable young fan in particular
Harry’s hug for one young woman at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Thursday reduced her to tears of joy
Thursday, October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Duke and Duchess will travel to the city of Nadi and unveil a new statue. Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga
Friday, October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess will visit the St George Building for meet the Prime Minister and will travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before departing for Sydney, where they will attend the the Australian Geographic Society Awards
On Thursday the couple made a whirlwind trip to Melbourne – including a stop at Government House
Saturday, October 27: Sydney, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals of the Invictus Games, before attending the Closing Ceremony
Sunday, October 28: Wellington, New Zealand – The pair will attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House
Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand – The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand and will travel to Abel Tasman National Park
Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
They will then join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand.
Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum
Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand – The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua.
Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme.
Later that afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there
Thursday, November 1: Their Royal Highnesses will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day