Pregnant Meghan Markle cradles her baby bump on Sydney beach

Barefoot on Bondi: Meghan cradles her baby bump on Sydney beach and wears £880 maxi dress before she and Harry kick off their shoes to join an 'anti-bad vibes circle' with surfing mental health group

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continued on their royal roadshow of Australia today as they visited Sydney
  • City became the latest to be gripped by 'Meg-Mania' as Prince Harry and his pregnant wife thrilled royal fans
  • Harry and Meghan, cradling her baby bump, arrived at the world famous Bondi Beach first thing this morning
  • They sat on the sand and spoke openly about their mental health during an 'anti-bad vibes circle' with surfers
  • Couple then spoke to pupils at a nearby school about equality where Meghan discussed her own upbringing
  • Prince Harry then went solo to scramble up Harbour Bridge alongside competitors from the Invictus Games
  • In their final engagements on Friday, the couple met the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition 

By Rebecca English, Royal Correspondent, In Sydney For The Daily Mail and Stephen Gibbs and Max Margan and Nic White For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 17:06 EDT, 18 October 2018 | Updated: 07:16 EDT, 19 October 2018

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 (AUD$1,615, USD$1,148) 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. 

Mr Shorten said it was a 'privilege' to meet the Duke and Duchess - despite being a staunch republican.  

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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
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

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

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 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 cradles her bump
Meghan cradles her bump

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, where they discussed their own issues with mental health
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry are seen with local surfing community group 'OneWave' on Bondi Beach, where they discussed their own issues with mental health

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry are seen with local surfing community group 'OneWave' on Bondi Beach, were

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 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 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 (AUD$1,615, USD$1,148) 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
Harry and Meghan, who cradled her baby bump in an £880 (AUD$1,615, USD$1,148) 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

Harry and Meghan, who cradled her baby bump in an £880 (AUD$1,615, USD$1,148) 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

Harry and Meghan thrilled thousands of royal fans at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Meghan is pictured playfully tweaking her husband's ear as they take part in a session hosted by a surfing group that raises awareness for mental health and wellbeing
Harry and Meghan thrilled thousands of royal fans at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Meghan is pictured playfully tweaking her husband's ear as they take part in a session hosted by a surfing group that raises awareness for mental health and wellbeing

Harry and Meghan thrilled thousands of royal fans at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Meghan is pictured playfully tweaking her husband's ear as they take part in a session hosted by a surfing group that raises awareness for mental health and wellbeing

Prince Harry and Meghan meet a local surfing community group, and playfully pull at the cape of a toddler (pictured) on Bondi Beach
Prince Harry and Meghan meet a local surfing community group, and playfully pull at the cape of a toddler (pictured) on Bondi Beach

Prince Harry and Meghan meet a local surfing community group, and playfully pull at the cape of a toddler (pictured) on Bondi Beach

Meghan gives a surfer a hug
Meghan gives a surfer a hug
A child steals the attention away from the couple
A child steals the attention away from the couple

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
Hundreds of royal fans rushed down to Bondi Beach first thing this morning to catch a glimpse or a wave from the couple

Hundreds of royal fans rushed down to Bondi Beach first thing this morning to catch a glimpse or a wave from the couple

A baby is greeted by Meghan
A baby is greeted by Meghan
A woman hugs Meghan
A woman hugs Meghan

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 greets students
Meghan greets students
Meghan changed from her Martin Grant maxi beach dress into a sleeveless navy dress as she and Harry arrived at the girls school
Meghan changed from her Martin Grant maxi beach dress into a sleeveless navy dress as she and Harry arrived at the girls school

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 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 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
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

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
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

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 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 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
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

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
Harry and Meghan also met with the opposition leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorten at Admiralty House in Sydney

Harry and Meghan also met with the opposition leader Bill Shorten and his wife Chloe Shorten at Admiralty House in Sydney

Australian opposition leader calls royal meeting a 'privilege' - despite being a staunch republican

Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten said it was a 'privilege' to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - despite being a staunch republican.  

The opposition leader, who has vowed to give Australians a vote on whether to become a republic if he becomes prime minister, met the royal couple at Admiralty House on Friday.

'It was a privilege for Chloe and me to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex this afternoon to discuss their visit to Australia, including the Invictus Games, and their great work in youth mental health,' he tweeted after the visit.

Mr Shorten's wife, Chloe, wore a short-sleeve green lace dress to the engagement, while Meghan stayed in the navy midi dress with a light blue trim by London-based label Roksanda that she had changed into earlier.

'There's a lot going on,' Prince Harry admitted when Mr Shorten asked about the couple's busy schedule.

The royals also met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny at Kirribilli House next door.

'This is such a lovely spot," Prince Harry told the prime minister, who does not want Australia to become a republic.

'It's not bad,' Mr Morrison joked.

The Morrison's young daughters, Abbey and Lily, waited in a nearby room, no doubt in the hope they'd get to meet a real-life princess.

The royal couple told the prime minister and his wife that they were excited to visit Fiji in the coming days. 'There's about 300,000 Fijians who live in Sydney,' Mr Morrison told them.    

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 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 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

Meghan wore a stripey maxi dress and wedges to the beach on Friday in Sydney
Meghan wore a stripey maxi dress and wedges to the beach on Friday in Sydney
Prince Harry meets a tiny surfer chick on Bondi Beach on Friday
Prince Harry meets a tiny surfer chick on Bondi Beach on Friday

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

 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child together next Spring, looked utterly loved up on the sand
 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child together next Spring, looked utterly loved up on the sand

 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child together next Spring, looked utterly loved up on the sand

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing

Thousands of royal fans turned out on Bondi Beach in the hope of catching a glimpse of Harry and Meghan. They were kept back from the royal couple by police officers who erected crowd control barriers, pictured
Thousands of royal fans turned out on Bondi Beach in the hope of catching a glimpse of Harry and Meghan. They were kept back from the royal couple by police officers who erected crowd control barriers, pictured

Thousands of royal fans turned out on Bondi Beach in the hope of catching a glimpse of Harry and Meghan. They were kept back from the royal couple by police officers who erected crowd control barriers, pictured

Crowds of royal fans stood high up on the slope on the edge of the beach in the hope of getting a better view of the couple
Crowds of royal fans stood high up on the slope on the edge of the beach in the hope of getting a better view of the couple

Crowds of royal fans stood high up on the slope on the edge of the beach in the hope of getting a better view of the couple

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 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 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

Harry atop the bridge
Harry atop the bridge
Harry shares a hug
Harry shares a hug

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
The group scaled the iconic bridge in quick time with former soldier Harry leading the charge of the 1,322 steps

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
Once at the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour, Prince Harry planted the Invictus Games flag alongside the Australian ensign

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 Duke of Sussex walks at the head of the group followed by Mr Morrison and the four Invictus Games competitors

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
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

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
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

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
Harry paused at the summit of the climb, pointing out landmarks across the city with his right arm

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 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 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
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

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
Harry gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to photographers as he looks back mid-climb to take in the breathtaking view

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
A flag advertising the Invictus Games, which start on Saturday in Sydney, flew next to the Australian flag

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
After stopping to admire the view, the group headed down the other side of the bridge after crossing the span

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 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 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 (AUD$2,376, USD$1,690), 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 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 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
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are seen with students at Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney's west on Friday

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 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 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

Meghan, who is expecting her first baby, looked radiant in Sydney on Friday
Meghan, who is expecting her first baby, looked radiant in Sydney on Friday
The Duchess of Sussex dazzled in a navy dress by British label Roksanda
The Duchess of Sussex dazzled in a navy dress by British label Roksanda

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
The Duchess of Sussex is seen speaking to a teacher during a visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney on Friday

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
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian (left), along with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, watch a dance performance at the Sydney school

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
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

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'
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'

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
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

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
A student's tribute to Meghan is pictured during her visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Sydney on Friday

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 
Schoolgirls wait eagerly with their mobile phones ready to go before the arrival of the royal mother and father-to-be 

Schoolgirls wait eagerly with their mobile phones ready to go before the arrival of the royal mother and father-to-be 

The couple held hands as they arrived at Bondi Beach
The couple held hands as they arrived at Bondi Beach
Meghan wore a striped dress and wedges on Friday in Sydney
Meghan wore a striped dress and wedges on Friday in Sydney

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 

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