Prince Harry has shared a sweet snap he took of his wife cradling her baby bump surrounded by giant redwood trees in Rotorua, as the couple bid a fond farewell to New Zealand at the end of their marathon 16-day royal tour.
Meghan, a tiny figure amid the towering trunks in the Duke’s touching shot, can be seen gently resting her hands on her stomach.
Harry’s photo was posted on the official Kensington Palace Instagram account on Thursday, along with the couple’s message of thanks to New Zealand for a ‘wonderful’ final week to their tour.
It said: ‘Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.’
Their message went on to quote Kate Sheppard, the most prominent member of the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand, with the line: ‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops’.
The royal couple have been sharing inside glimpses of their tour via Instagram, posting pictures from their forest tour on Wednesday.
Admiring the forest via hanging bridges and scenic lake views, the palace’s social media account shared shots of the duo, with the caption: ‘At the beautiful Redwoods Forest in Rotorua, home of treewalks, mountain biking and 100-year old trees.
‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited the spectacular Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua, a series of suspension bridges traversing the gaps between its majestic trees, each with their own living deck to ensure viewing platforms adapt to the trees’ rapid growth without any harm.’
Further pictures released showed Meghan dressing down in Harry’s padded jacket and a favourite pair of jeans as the couple explored the forest in their final royal tour engagement.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, threw the £399 ($702 AUD) coat from Norwegian label Norrøna over a bespoke Givenchy jumper for the outing to Whakarewarewa Forest, near the city of Rotorua.
She finished the look with her go-to £140 black jeans from Australian brand Outland and a pair of Blackbird slippers from Birdies.
Strolling hand-in-hand, the couple looked up in wonder at 117-year-old redwood trees as they made their way along a 700m-long walkway of suspension bridges.
The couple also admired a natural spring and met with members of a local mounting biking club, who make use of the rugged paths through the forest.
The engagement rounded off a busy final day of the royal tour for Harry and Meghan, who have spent the last 16 days touring Australia, Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand.
Their last stop on the tour was Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, a town known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.
The day started with the pair being given Maori cloaks – or Korowai – during a visit to the village of Ohinemutu.
Meghan’s Korowai was custom created for her visit by Norma Sturley, 66, an elder of the Ngati Whakaue tribe.
She learnt to weave as a child – picking up the skill from her mother and grandmother – and has had her work included in national exhibitions.
Having worked on it for two months whenever she has had time, she was up all of Tuesday night to complete the last-minute touches.
The pair then headed into the Tamatekapua Meeting House after a traditional welcome known as the powhiri in the courtyard, where the duke was handed a carved weapon.
The ceremony was conducted in Maori – as Harry and Meghan were being treated like ‘one of their own’ – with Monty Morrison, also from the council, only breaking into English once, when he looked at the duchess and said ‘little bump’ to laughter.
The duke spoke for around a minute in Maori – with gasps of awe and smiles when he used the word ‘whaiaipo’, or sweetheart.
The couple then headed to a kiwi breeding programme where they had the chance to name two chicks, opting for tihei, meaning sneeze of life, and koha, meaning gift.
From there, the couple took part in their last walkabout of the tour in Rotorua with hundreds of people heading out to see the couple before they headed to redwoods Tree Walk.
Harry and Meghan will depart for London this evening after a hectic 16-day tour.