After a colorful morning at Bondi Beach (honestly, I wish I’d waited for all the photos to be released, because they keep getting better – some more at the end of this post), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced visit to the Macarthur Girls school in Sydney.
The students were surprised to the say the least. Rebecca English reported:
The location of the school visit was supposed to have been kept secret from students – but secrets are hard to keep in the era of social media.
‘Most of you would probably have got up this morning, got ready for school and turned up thinking it was going to be a normal day at school. Is that right?’ New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian asked an assembly before the royal’s arrival.
The answer was unanimously ‘No.’
The premier added: ‘You knew I was coming. Did you know anyone else was coming?’, to which the room replied: ‘Yes’.
But the whole school erupted in shrieks and cheers as Harry and Meghan walked into the assembly.
The couple took in a dance performance and met with members of the National Rugby League’s In Harmony program, a youth empowerment initiative.
Meghan herself went to an all girls school, which she pointed out in conversation with the students. Royal reporter Hannah Furness captured the below:
It’s a bit awkward to pivot from female empowerment to fashion, but…here I am doing just that. Meghan did a costume change from her Martin Grant maxi dress to a new Roksanda debut and her trust Stuart Weitzman heels. I absolutely love this – one of her strongest looks yet this tour, and may well be in my top five since the wedding.
I’m trying to remember if we’ve ever seen her hair half pulled back like this, and I don’t think we have. It suits her, so I hope she returns to this look in the future.
Update: Harry scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Invictus flag is officially flying over the city in time for the games to open later today. Meghan didn’t join her husband, a fact which was made clear on the itinerary and prompted pregnancy rumors a few weeks back – how right they were! Anyway, when I woke up today I saw photos of Harry hugging a brunette on the bridge and thought perhaps there had been a change of plans, but no. The woman is a military widow with the party that also included the Australian Prime Minister.
Later in the afternoon, Harry joined his wife at Kirribilli House for a proper meeting with PM Scott Morrison and his wife, Jenny.
They also met with Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and his wife, Chloe, at Admiralty House.
And that’s a wrap on Day Four. Later today we’ll get the first Invictus Games events, and you better believe I’ll be digging up the photos from this time last year when Meghan was discreetly attending in girlfriend mode and everyone was holding their breath for an engagement announcement(!)
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