Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle refused gift from market vendor


Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wait to meet the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, at Government House, Oct. 28, 2018, in Wellington, New Zealand.

They departed the airport for a traditional Maori welcome and reception at the residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy.

They will begin their day with a cafe meeting with youths working on various mental health projects throughout the capital before heading to Abel Tasman National Park, in the north of the South Island.

Meghan and Harry were welcomed to the country with a powhiri - a ceremony involving singing and dancing - at Government House in Wellington.

They flew in from Sydney on a Royal New Zealand Air Force flight carrying the Kiwi team who took part in the Games, an Olympic style sporting event for wounded soldiers that Prince Harry helped found.

Among them was a young woman who was crying with joy.

During her address to the audience, that included New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the former Suits star spoke about the importance of women's rights and female empowerment.

Meghan, sipping from a cup of tea and wearing a grey Club Monaco trench coat to ward off the Wellington chill, added: "You're all doing really excellent work".

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"They asked about where it came from", she said. "She seems really nice and kind and would be good for royalty".

Hope said: "First when they got close I did a lot of happy crying and then they both shook my hand and we got a picture with them".

Harry and Meghan sat on a stage as he was given the whale's tooth, a sign of wealth, in the vakasobu, before they were given kava, a drink made from a mashed plant root in the yaqona vakaturaga.

For their wedding present to Harry and Meghan, the New Zealand Government gifted $5000 to Pillars. When Meghan's estranged sister Samantha Markle visited London this week, she wasn't even allowed passed the gates at Kensington Palace.

After the arrival ceremony, their first engagement was a visit to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

"Although there's quite strict protocol about what we're able to do, the artists are quite relaxed about their interaction with them", Grant said. Harry said he was all right but was very much looking forward to coming back.

They will finish their 16-day tour across the Australia, Tonga and Fiji, and New Zealand on Wednesday.