Meghan Markle, Prince Harry They continue the tour in the middle of the earthquake

adminOctober 30, 2018




An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 shook the North Island of New Zealand on Tuesday (local time) while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traveled to Auckland.

The earthquake was so significant that much of New Zealand felt it with some tremors in its southern island. Fortunately, one of the few areas for not experiencing significant shaking was Auckland, where Meghan and Harry were visiting local children.

New Zealand is no stranger to the tragic earthquakes, as two people died near Kaikoura in November 2016, according to the Herald of New Zealand. The quake of magnitude 7.8 was one of the largest in New Zealand and lasted approximately 30 seconds.

The country was also hit by another devastating earthquake five years earlier, this was a magnitude of 6.2, the same as the earthquake on Tuesday. Although it was smaller in magnitude than the 2016 earthquake, it killed 180 people and the city of Christchurch is still being rebuilt, Herald informed

At the time of Tuesday's earthquake, Parliament was in session. Speaker Anne Tolley was caught in the unstable live filming calling for the suspension of the meeting and advised members of Parliament to take appropriate security precautions.

As of this moment, there have been no reports of injuries, deaths or damages.

Unaware of the earthquake, the prospective royal parents joined New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland to visit Pillars, a charity that supports children who have a father in jail through special mentoring programs. .

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The organization celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and is the only charity in New Zealand that is dedicated to supporting the children of inmates through a mentoring program, according to its website.

Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, already have a special connection with the charity: as a wedding gift for the couple, the New Zealand government donated $ 5,000 to Pillars. During Tuesday's visit, the royal family met with some of the children who directly benefited from the funding.

Turning off her casual outfit from earlier, Meghan changed into a beige Brandon Maxwell dress with matching Stuart Weitzman shoes and a beige Burberry Bishop raincoat for the event. Harry was also formal, opting for a navy blue suit with a white button down.

When the couple arrived, they were greeted with a traditional Karanga, a part of the Maori welcome ceremony. Meghan also received a large bouquet of flowers from a girl in a white dress before the couple climbed the stairs to learn more about the charity.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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With a child of their own in the spring, the royal couple has proven to be natural with the children during their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

During a reception in Sydney, on the sixth day of their actual tour, Harry and Meghan met with members of the local Kookaburra Kids Foundation, which offers support for children whose families have been affected by mental illness.

The couple bent down to play with the children, who exhibited various toys and games for their real visitors.

During their visit to Dubbo, Australia, the Royals received a warm welcome from little Luke Vincent, 6, who gave Meghan a big hug and stroked Harry's beard.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Prior to their trip to the Pillars on Tuesday, the couple also linked up with local children from the environmental education group, "Trees of Survival," who joined the children to participate in a "welly wanging" contest.

The objective of the game was to launch a Wellington boot, which New Zealanders call "Wellies", as far as possible. (Wellingtons are equivalent to what Americans call rain boots, bean boots or duck boots).

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Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry

Prince Harry

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Local children applauded when Meghan showed her strength and won the competition, throwing her red and white polka dot boot about three feet away from Harry's blue boot. For the victory, the Duchess was rewarded with a rain trophy.

In addition to the couple's growing list of baby gifts, Meghan and Harry also received a pair of green and white boots for the newest member of their family.

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The royal couple started their whirlwind 16-day tour of Down Under in Sydney, with several day trips to other parts of the country, and started the Invictus 2018 Games before spending a few days in Fiji and Tonga.

They returned to Sydney for the end of the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand to finish their tour.

The next step for Meghan and Harry is a fan who meets and greets in Auckland, before ending his day at a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Museum.



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