It’s rare that the world gets to see life through a royal’s eyes, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ’s first royal tour provided a few adorable sneak peeks. On Thursday (Nov. 1), a personal snap Prince Harry took of his pregnant wife, cradling her baby bump while nestled between the trees of the Whakarewarewa Forest in New Zealand, was shared on the Kensington Palace Instagram account. Aside from the fact that it’s a beautiful photo, it also serves as a heartwarming reminder that the duke is just like any first-time father-to-be, brimming with love for Duchess Meghan and their future Baby Sussex!
It’s fitting that the photograph shows the mom-to-be with protective arms around their “little bump” as they announced the news of their pregnancy on the first day of their royal tour! The 37-year-old is turned to the side as she stands amongst hundred-year-old trees, smiling brightly at the camera with the sun shining overhead. The snap was captioned with a personal note from the married couple.
“Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis. Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ – we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a different.” They finished off the message with a quote by the country’s women’s suffrage movement icon, Kate Sheppard: “The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops.”
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A message from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: “Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis. Australia, Fiji, Tonga and NZ - we leave feeling inspired and reminded of how every single one of us can make a difference.” ‘The rain that refreshes the parched ground, is made up of single drops’ - Kate Sheppard #commonwealth The Duke of Sussex
The Sussexes were lucky enough to get a moment of solitude to appreciate New Zealand’s stunning landscape – and reminisce on all they’d seen over the past 16 days – but it didn’t come by chance. While the couple was always travelling with their entourage in tow, royal reporter Omid Scobie explained that they made a special request for some along time that day. “At the end of our last tour engagement, Harry and Meghan walked ahead of their team, security and me (who was the pool reporter). We were in the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest and they wanted a moment to themselves. This photo, taken by Harry, was the result of that moment…,” he wrote on Twitter.
The royals really are just like us, and sometimes, a personal snap on a smartphone is better than any photo taken by a professional (though Harry, 33, has been known to carry around a professional camera on some of his trips!) Royal watchers will be excited to know that the parents-to-be have their own iPhones, which they’ve used to capture and share a few private moments during their travels. The first was when Duchess Meghan snapped her husband practicing his Invictus Games closing ceremony speech in Sydney the week prior, and fans were also treated to an Insta Story of Prince Harry’s view from the helicopter over Abel Tasman National Park.