After returning from Abel Tasman National Park, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Courtenay Creative of Wellington for an event celebrating the capital's thriving arts scene.
They were greeted on the pavement by screaming fans, including Ryll Gormack from Kapiti Coast, with his daughter Kate, 13, and their son Joe, 8. They had yellow roses for Meghan and held signs that read: "We could not see Yesterday we love you! "and," Harry and Meghan, please say hello! "
Ryll says: "We adored the royal family and we were completely bombarded yesterday, we thought we would try today, nothing risky, nothing won".
Once they crossed the gates of the center, a training center for the screen and creativity industries that opened this month, royals were greeted by Vikings and knights in disguise, and an orc Lord of the Rings.
The orc was played by Luke Hawker, 37, a film technician and film specialist from Weta, who said: "I was not sure I should shake their hands, they looked really scared, but they were very nice." They shook hands.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who wore a dress of Maggie Marilyn and a coat by Gillian Anderson, then met with young talents who demonstrated their skills in accessories, makeup and costumes.
The royal family was impressed by Evans Bay Intermediate student Ruby Acevedo, 12, who had become a chimpanzee Planet of the Apes by his father Gino, a creative art director at Weta Digital.
Prince Harry approached his face and asked if he could touch him, and he did. Meghan asked, "How long did it take?" and Gino explained the mask / mold techniques he used in Lord of the Rings. The Prince asked Ruby if she wanted to go outside and use it.
"It was a very nice experience to meet and talk with them, they were everything I expected, really nice," Ruby said. His mother, the famous casting director Liz Mullane, commented: "I cast the perfect chimp."
Then, the couple chatted with models wearing World of Wearable Arts costumes, including Lucy Aitchison and Nicola Provost, both 30 and Wellington, before moving on to a body painter who was decorating the model Letisha Rangi, a artist from Aro Valley, 29 years old. Day of the Dead Painting, and his mother Carleen Murphy, in a look of red devil.
Murphy said she was waiting for Meghan to mention her past as an actress, "but she was very kind and let others shine in. She's even more beautiful than on the screen, more charming, absolute beauty."
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Actor Jed Brophy was next to them dressed as a devil. He told Prince Harry that this was the shortest makeup session he had needed. The prince replied that he should go to the city later, which Brophy planned to do. "They are wonderful people, very warm and genuinely interested."
Louis Baker, 29, a singer from Newtown, and some students performed his song. Just a memory For the royalty, who applauded with enthusiasm. Baker recalled: "It was a great honor to have the opportunity to play for royalty in my life, I was nervous, I'm just human! We talked briefly about my music and the album that I will release next year," Meghan said. He had a great tone in my voice. "
After Prince Harry took a turn in a virtual reality game, which scared him, the royal family was presented with a gold, paua and diamond necklace from The Village Goldsmith by Hawker, the orc, who apologized for having scared them before.