Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the reception in Sydney

adminOctober 16, 2018




Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are wrapping up their first full day of their Australia tour with a real reception.

Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, welcomed the prospective parents during a reception on Tuesday afternoon at Admiralty House. The event was attended by Australians from a wide range of sectors, including charities and community, business and industry, arts and culture, and sports and entertainment.

For the event, Meghan changed things from her previous appearance, opting for a forest green pleated button-down dress shirt by American designer Brandon Maxwell. He completed the look by pulling her hair into a hairstyle and added a couple of naked pumps.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

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The first Costumes The star previously wore a yellow Maxwell dress in July for a reception in London that celebrated young leaders from across the Commonwealth. It was the first time that Meghan was seen in a bright yellow tone.

It was also the first time she wore without looking at an official event of royalty, as it is rare for real women to show their weapons in public commitments.

Meghan Markle in a design by Brandon Maxwell

Meghan Markle in a design by Brandon Maxwell

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During the initial comments of Harry, who started waving to the crowd with a very Australian "Day," the prince shared his excitement of being back in Australia with his new wife, whom he noticed he was visiting for the first time.

"I am very excited to show you this amazing country of yours," he explained in images captured by Nine news from Australia, before recapping your day and upcoming events.

While Harry spoke in the vernacular of the country and told some Australian jokes, Meghan watched from the side and rested both hands on her belly.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle

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"We are both absolutely delighted to be here," he said. "Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the opportunity to meet many Australians from all walks of life.

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Prince Harry

Prince Harry

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Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, began their Down Under tour with the Governor General of Australia and his wife, who lent the royal couple their first official gifts for babies.

"That's so cute, it's our first baby gift!" Meghan, 37, said in PEOPLE's Live video on Facebook, while receiving a fluffy stuffed kangaroo (complete with a baby Joey!) And Ugg wool boots.

The prospective parents met with some new furry friends at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. There, they were introduced to two new koala moms and their joeys.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Next, Meghan and Harry traveled through Sydney Harbor to the Sydney Opera House, where they entertained themselves with a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theater, an acclaimed modern aboriginal and island dance company from the Torres Strait.

While the couple watched the performance, Meghan put a hand on her husband's leg.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Leaving their first public meeting and greeting since they announced they are expectant parents, Meghan and Harry interacted with hundreds of members of the public waiting for them outside the opera house, including 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne.

A familiar face to Harry, she had already met the prince twice: first in 2015, when he kissed her on the cheek and again in 2017.

After greeting her with a big hug, Harry did his best to introduce Dunne to his new wife. While they were talking, Dunne stroked Harry's face and took Meghan's hand.

Prince Harry with Daphne Dunne

Prince Harry with Daphne Dunne

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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The royal couple will spend 16 days touring Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The tour "will focus on youth leadership and the projects young people undertake to address the social, economic and environmental challenges of the region," the palace said in a statement. Harry "is particularly interested in highlighting these youth-led initiatives in his new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, and in highlighting the work and aspirations of youth across the Commonwealth."

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The royal couple confirmed on Monday that they are expecting their first child.

"Your Royal Highnesses, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are very happy to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to share this happy news with the public."

A real source tells PEOPLE that Meghan has undergone her 12-week ultrasound and "feels good."



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