SYDNEY – A radiant duke and Duchess of Sussex began the first day of official commitments on a real tour of Australia on Tuesday, with public focus on Meghan Markle's newly announced pregnancy.
Meghan wore a tight cream-colored dress from Australian designer Karen Gee that barely revealed a real bulge when they were greeted at an event at the Sydney Harbor side mansion, where the couple is staying.
The news of the pregnancy was announced after Prince Harry and the former American actress arrived in Sydney on Monday and 15 hours before her first public appearance.
Among those taken by surprise were his Sydney hosts, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Lynne Cosgrove. The governor-general, who represents Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state of Australia and Harry's grandmother, sent staff to hastily buy a toy kangaroo with a joey in his bag and a pair of small sheepskin boots Australian for your pregnant guest.
"Here is your first gift for the daycare," the governor-general told the couple during the official welcome at his official residence, Admiralty House.
"Thanks, that's so sweet," Meghan said when she received the toy.
The main focus of Tuesday's commitment was to meet with representatives of Invictus Games from the 18 countries competing in the event that begins on Saturday. The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, provides military personnel and wounded and injured veterans with the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.
Several of the representatives congratulated the couple for the news of their babies. Meghan replied: "Thank you very much, we are very excited."
Pregnancy has been front-page news throughout Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald published the headline: "A smooth trip to Sydney, but royalty reveals a blow on the road."
Another Sydney tabloid shouted: "HEIR DINKUM!", A work from the Australian term "fair dinkum", which is used to emphasize the authenticity or truth of something.
The irreverent NT News of Darwin chose the headline: "Ginger Pregs", a work of a long Australian comic strip about a naughty red-haired boy called "Ginger Megs".
Harry, dressed in a navy blue suit, smiled proudly as the couple held hands on their tour of Admiralty House.
The couple makes a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
The pregnancy announcement confirms the weeks of speculation by real observers about why Meghan did not join Harry on his climb from the Sydney Harbor Bridge to Friday.
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, along with Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have come to the fore in the last year when the 92-year-old queen slightly reduces her public program.
Harry has become immensely popular in Britain, in part because of his military service and tireless work on behalf of wounded soldiers, and has often spoken in recent years of his desire to settle and raise a family.
Meghan, with her roots in the United States and her successful career as an actress, has been considered a modernizing influence on the royal family, which is sometimes quite heavy, and many credit her for bringing happiness to Harry, who has always struggled to face the premature death of his mother. , Princess Diana.
McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia.
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