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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spend their first full day in New Zealand (Image: GETTY)

Your day will begin with a visit to Cafe Maranui in the nation's capital, where you will meet with young people who work to help people who have mental health problems.

Then you will head to the Abel Tasman National Park, a nature reserve on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, known for its natural beauty and seal colonies.

The royal couple will tour the site before attending a barbecue with young people.

The duke and the duchess will return to Wellington for one night at Courtenay Creative, a center for the New Zealand film industry that opened two weeks ago.

Follow below to get live updates on everything that happens on the fourteenth day of the Royal Tour (all hours in GMT).

Monday, October 29

Update at 5:51 am: Meghan and Harry meet the characters of the elves and knights in Courtenay Creative

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex met actors dressed as medieval elves and knights during their visit to Courtenay Creative.

Hundreds of fans had waited outside to see the couple arrive.

Laura Goodall wrote on Twitter: "This could be as good as possible, but I hope it is not!

"Harry and Meghan are visiting Courtenay Creative."

5.21 am update: Duke and Duchess enter Courtenay Creative

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have entered Courtenay Creative, a center for the New Zealand film industry.

Several hundred supporters saw them arrive.

The royal couple was greeted with a loud shout when they got out of their car.

Update at 4:49 am: Royal fans gather outside Courtenay Creative before Royal's arrival

Royal fans have gathered outside Courtenay Creative, the movie production center that Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be visiting shortly.

Emma Hatton, a reporter for Radio New Zealand, commented on Twitter: "A crowd is starting to gather at Courtenay Place before the visit of Duke and Duchess to Courtenay Creative."

Update of 4 in the morning: the royal couple addresses the final commitment of the day

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex go to Courtenay Creative, a center of the New Zealand film industry, for their final commitment of the day.

It is expected that they spend 45 minutes touring the site.

According to reports, the local police are lining the Courtenay Place before their arrival.

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The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are welcome to the Abel Tasman National Park (Image: PA)

Update of 3.35 am: royal couple delivered gifts before the departure of the helicopter

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex have left the Abel Tasman National Park by helicopter.

Before leaving, Meghan was given a series of gifts, including a baby shawl.

Update of 2.55 am: the self-esteem of young people is being "biased" by the claims of social networks Duchess

Meghan discovered the mental impact of social media during her visit to the Maranui café in Wellington.

She said: "You see photos on social networks and you do not know if she was born with that or maybe it's a filter.

"Your judgment of your sense of self-esteem becomes really skewed when everything is based on tastes."

The duke and the duchess spoke with the mental health workers at the Maranui cafe before going to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Update of 2.16 am: the royal couple was received in the National Park with Maori dance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed into the Abel Tasman National Park by a local Maori who performed a traditional powhiri or tribal dance.

The tribal kaumatua, or elder, Barney Thomas told the royal couple that "there are two of you now and soon there will be three of you, and I am sure you will be supported."

Update of 1.52 am: Prince Harry sends greetings from his grandmother and unborn child

When visiting the Abel Tasman National Park, Prince Harry conveyed the greetings of his grandmother and unborn child.

He said: "From me and my wife and from our little bulge, we are very grateful to be here.

"We bring blessings from my grandmother the queen and our family."

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The Duchess of Sussex delivered flowers outside the Café Maranui (Image: REUTERS)

Update of 1.23 am: Duke and Duchess arrive at the Abel Tasman National Park

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National Park.

They should know about ongoing conservation projects before traveling through the park in an NH90 helicopter of the Royal Air Force of New Zealand.

Update of 0.52 am: Prince Harry is "very interested" in the fight for mental health

Genevieve Mora, co-founder of the charity mental health organization Voices of Hope, met with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their visit to Maranui Cafe.

She said: "Harry was very interested, both asked many questions.

"I talked about my own personal experience, about feeling very embarrassed, and he was really interested in understanding why I felt so embarrassed about that."

Update of 0.10 am: royal couple on the way to Abel Tasman National Park

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are currently heading to the Abel Tasman National Park.

They will receive a traditional welcome ceremony before touring the site and visiting conservation projects administered by the New Zealand government.

Sunday, October 28

Update at 11.50 am: revealing Meghan's outfit

Meghan wore Outland jeans, a Jac and Jack blouse and a Club Monaco coat.

Update of 11.48 pm: Royal couple comfort boy outside Wellington cafe

Harry and Meghan comforted a schoolboy who was overwhelmed when he met the royal couple outside a café in Wellington.

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex had visited Café Maranui on Monday to meet with mental health workers and talk about their work.

Ten students from the nearby Houghton Valley school had the opportunity to meet the couple as they left the cafe, with one of the children delivering flowers to Meghan.



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