Harry & Meghan: Tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand - October 2018


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Coming up today on the Tour:

Doing a walkabout at Government House
- Attending a reception given by @VicGovernor
- Taking a tram ride to South Melbourne Beach
- Visting a #BeachPatrol clean
(Plus two more engagements!)


Not sure exactly what time they get going but I assuming sometime early on!


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Loved the photos of the little boy touching Harry's beard! He shares my sentiments on it :lol:

I have to laugh. When my kids were small, it was impossible to keep bananas to get to the right color to make banana bread. For the most part, the bananas were gone before I got all the groceries unpacked. My dad used to stop by and visit the kids every now and then and he'd never bring cookies or sweets for them but a big bunch of bananas for the "little monkeys"

Bananas are the perfect food. I just keep thinking too that there's a special link between Harry and Meghan and bananas. Now I'm going to be watching the tour even closer and see if anyone gifts them bunches of bananas. That'd be so cool even if the couple couldn't actually accept and eat said bananas.

I love banana flavoured products and products with bananas in them, particularly banana bread, though there's something about bananas on their own that has never appealed to me. I've never liked the texture though I'm absolutely obsessed with banana bread at the moment :D
 

Yeah, I use those shoes for work when I have days when I'm doing a lot of walking. I have three pairs in various colours. My pink Rothys is my summer staple since they can be washed. I've worn that and my Toms all over Europe for 3 months, and they are the most comfortable shoes in the world.
 

Oh! I have to love this and there's one very happily newly married princess that also will be smiling ear to ear hearing how Meghan's shoes were made. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Eugenie wasn't the instigator to tell Meghan about these shoes. Eugenie is an advocate for cleaning up our oceans from plastic and spoke out on World Ocean Day just recently. She also has made news stating that her home and her wedding were totally plastic free.

Now this, to me, is a prime example of making a difference on a world stage. Even though it may seem trivial and inconsequential that a lot of focus is put on what Meghan wears, what she wears also can and does make a statement and have an impact and call attention to something in a roundabout way. I'm willing to bet that these shoes are going to quickly catch on and sell out. I'd love a pair myself but unfortunately, the price exceeds my budget.

Remember, folks, to recycle your plastic items. So much can be done with them. :D
 
It just isn't fair to me when I log on and start reading of the day's adventures in Dubbo and in post after post, there's mentions of banana bread. That starts my craving early in the day and now I want banana bread with a strong cup of the strong Earl Grey blend I have with extra bergemot. I do have bananas but not enough to make banana bread. Close enough! :D

I think its possible that banana bread is something that both Harry and Meghan enjoy together. Perhaps she made it for Harry when they were first starting to get to know each other. Remember her spooning bananas on her IG account?

I'm also seeing Harry and Meghan adapting to this Down Under tour like a duck takes to water. Just reading the various reports here on TRF, it reinforces my belief that the people, in general, in Australia are a laid back, friendly and open sort of people that are really making Harry and Meghan feel welcomed wherever they go and from what we've seen, Harry and Meghan, themselves, are eager to get out there and interact with the people as much as they can. There's no differentiating between "royal" and "people". Its like everyone is a Luke Vincent and out to have a good time with each other along with seeing and meeting Harry and Meghan.

Thank you so much to our Australian friends here on TRF that have made this tour seem like we're almost there in the middle of it instead of thousands of miles away. We're living this tour vicariously through you! :flowers:


That was great fun yesterday Osipi, following the live TV coverage and posting here.

I think Tarlita, Axeyman, Iluvbertie and Curryong all would have had a fantastic day.

Certainly the TV reporters, both in the studio and in the field at different spots, were all big smiles, lovely comments, funny remarks and had a great day too.

(A lot of them are our TV news staff, so a Royal tour must be a wonderful tonic for them to cover after all the usual things they have to report on.)

We've had fantastic coverage of the last couple of days. I'm not sure how much is available overseas, but we are seeing every little thing. Most of it, as it happens.

Today is scheduled to be great again. Not sure about the weather in Melbourne, but I want to see that tram ride.

Trams are one of the things Melbourne has always had to hold over Sydney - great rivalry between the two cities.

Melbourne has a better food, coffee, fashion, sporting and street-art culture. Beautiful old shopping arcades and very avant-garde new architecture.

Better civic gardens, a more convenient city layout - very walkable. Theatres, gardens, cafes, shopping, city jobs, big sports venues all together.

Sydney has the advantages of a warmer climate, over seventy beaches, the Harbour.

After ripping out our trams decades ago, we're in chaos here for a couple of years putting them back in! :lol:

But the main Harbour, Darling Harbour and the way Sydney is geographically, makes it a more chopped up place to live.

It's good that the two cities are so different. Have a great day following the couple Osipi, it should be great fun again.

And little Luke is currently live on national TV - holding his own microphone as he's being interviewed!

What fun for him and his family.
 
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Maybe little Luke is the Daphne Dunne of future royal visits Down Under by Harry and Meghan. Someone is going to eventually have to carry Daphne's royal fandom on. Harry and Meghan just have that natural ability to quickly form a good connection with people easily. :D
 
Just reported that scattered showers in Melbourne are now clearing - hopefully for the day.

It's just after 8.00am and we're having a live cross to outside of Admiralty House here in Sydney where fourteen motorcycle outriders have just arrived.

The couple are due to leave again for the airport in about half an hour.

Bet they have massive crowds at the Botanic Garden event down there.

Maybe little Luke is the Daphne Dunne of future royal visits Down Under by Harry and Meghan. Someone is going to eventually have to carry Daphne's royal fandom on. Harry and Meghan just have that natural ability to quickly form a good connection with people easily. :D

Love it Osipi - little Luke was just on Channel 7, I flipped stations and now he's being interviewed live across Australia again, by Channel 9! :lol:


And Harry and Meghan are just about to see a cruise ship sail past their Admiralty House windows - if they're not too busy to look up.

And earlier this morning, while it was still dark, another beautiful ship went by, all lit up - if they were awake to see it!

The Harbour is always busy with something.

No worries, as we say here. Does anyone know though, why Harry is wearing a black ring in his right hand?

I think your question here has sparked an intensive journalistic investigation Curryong! :lol:

(Not that I think we have a definitive answer yet!)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6285781/Prince-Harry-wears-new-ring-Australia-tour.html


Live crosses to Melbourne where crowds are already gathering.

Love the idea of the packet of Arnott's "Royals" as a gift. (An Oz bikkie.)

Helicopter has just arrived over Admiralty House - just gone 8.35am.

They're off - just gone 8.45am.

Nice - they must know where the cameras are poitioned in the street now. Both Meghan and Harry looked straight at the camera and gave big smiles and waved.
 
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While waiting for the onset of today's adventures of Harry and Meghan, something has happened that I never thought would happen or ever think that I would do. I'm going to post a Daily Mail (notice I didn't say Fail) article here that I absolutely love.

Watching Harry all these years and his interactions each time with war widow Daphne Dunne at 98 years young, I went looking for an article that puts all three meetings together along with pictures and the Daily Mail not only provided those but also a history of Mrs. Dunne's first husband, Albert Chowne, the recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Daphne has stolen my heart too and miracles do happen and Osipi links a Daily Mail article. :D

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/...-Dunne-hopes-seal-kiss-Prince-Harry-time.html
 
I can see why you posted the link Osipi, as the photos were excellent. Sadly I will be out for most of the day today.
It is nice to read our American friends are enjoying the coverage.

Piers Morgan is seriously twisted.
 
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I am enjoying the coverage and the baby news is an extra treat. Morgan is a joke now. He wanted to be pals with Meghan hoping she will give him an all access pass to the BRF. She wouldn't so now he drags her. The Tweet confirms his loser status. Piers is now reduced to starting beefs with the rich and famous to look relevant.
 
Channel 7 is having Ben Mulroney join them in their Sydney studio next Monday morning - on "The Morning Show".

Both channels are commenting on the Piers Morgan thing - but he's just the lead in to a whole lot of praise and admiration for Meghan.

She is winning so many supporters over during the last two days.


And has anybody heard if Fortnum and Mason have sold out of "Royal Blend" tea yet?

I keep seeing reports that purple folders are no longer to be found - all gone. :lol:
 
Well... that didn't last very long. My disrespect for the Daily Fail has emerged once again in full force. I think Piers Morgan is a legend in his own mind and actually believes that anything he says is actually worth listening to. I do have to give the commentators of the Fail a bit of kudos as they pretty much jumped all over Morgan too.

Basically though, anything that does come out of Morgan's mouth should be regarded as a gust of foul air one would hope dissipates as soon as possible and forgotten. He's not worth paying attention to. About anything. :whistling:
 
Thanks for all the coverage so far. :flowers:

Not least Sun Lion, who I would like to thank as often as you deserve, but you seem to have disabled receiving thanks, so instead you will get :flowers::flowers::flowers: from me 😄
 
Truck accident in Melbourne could delay Harry and Meghan getting from the airport to Government House - which is in the city centre, in the Botanic Gardens.

The truck lost a shipping container and a trailer on the Tullamarine Freeway.

They had to close two lanes heading in the same direction as the Royal couple.

Already traffic is backed up for kilometres.

(Possibility the couple are using a different airport though - nobody has the details of where they will be landing.)


And the guy fom the jeans that Meghan wore yesterday just had a lengthy in studio interview.

Great how the TV shows are following up on various tour highlights - Daphne, Luke, and so on.
 
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Truck accident in Melbourne could delay Harry and Meghan getting from the airport to Government House - which is in the city centre, in the Botanic Gardens.

The truck lost a shipping container and a trailer on the Tullamarine Freeway.

Already traffic is backed up for kilometres.

(Possibility the couple are using a different airport though - nobody has the details of where they will be landing.)

Oh, I hope nothing too bad happened. :(
 
Thanks for all the coverage so far. :flowers:

Not least Sun Lion, who I would like to thank as often as you deserve, but you seem to have disabled receiving thanks, so instead you will get :flowers::flowers::flowers: from me 😄

Gosh did I Muhler! :ohmy: How did I do that!


Did you see Denmark may be the winners of the Wheelchair Rugby against Australia in the Invictus Games? It's going to be rugged apparently - take no prioners stuff.

Still a few days before Frederik will hit Sydney I guess.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow afternoon's Bridge Climb.

I'm expecting great shots of Harry and the Prime Minister from a helicopter for that.

(Live coverage on our telly here of course, lucky, lucky us.)
 
While we're all waiting for sight of Harry and Meghan in Melbourne, the TV show is having a discussion on whether the coming baby will be bi-lingual!

As in calling Meghan mummy or mommy! :lol:


And just saw some footage from Tuesday morning - a guy was running all over Sydney trying to give a bunch of flowers to Meghan. (Same guy, same flowers that Harry spoke to that is posted up thread.)

He actually started the day outside of Admiralty House with that bouquet and ran after the car shouting at the couple, flowers in the air. (On the footpath, no acutally on the road.)

What a mass of locals were on both sides of the street though that morning - awaiting a glimpse of the couple.

Hopefully that video will become a youtube - maybe from the guy himself! :lol: - and it can be shared.

Quick live cross to Melbourne - motorcycle outriders, vehicles and drivers all lined up awaiting the arrival.

And yes they are landing at Tullermarine Airport.

Delays on the freeway of five or six hours expected as a result of the truck losing it's load.

Security is having to do a quick working out of another route to the first destination.

Problem is, everyone else will be needing to re-route too.

Tullermarine is a major part of Melbourne - cargo and trucks and normal people travelling into Melbourne from the airport and that side of the city. Workers and I guess today, people hoping to see Harry and Meghan.

Now just after 10.30am and plane just landing, rolling down the tarmac.


Already running late apparently, due at Government House in just twenty-five minutes, and the plane is still taxi-ing to the terminal.

Sounds like they will be going over the big Westgate Bridge now to try and get into the city centre.
 
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Can you tell my why ?:eek:

He was 'friendly' with Meghan in the past based on their same ideas about gun control in the U.S. IMO, he thought he could get an 'in' with the Royal Family through her, and when that didn't pan out, he spouts off at the mouth with sarcastic, rude and unnecessary comments.

Don't want to get this thread closed, and it's best in the BRF and the Media thread.
 
While we're all waiting for sight of Harry and Meghan in Melbourne, the TV show is having a discussion on whether the coming baby will be bi-lingual!

As in calling Meghan mummy or mommy! :lol:


And just saw some footage from Tuesday morning - a guy was running all over Sydney trying to give a bunch of flowers to Meghan. (Same guy, same flowers that Harry spoke to that is posted up thread.)

He actually started the day outside of Admiralty House with that bouquet and ran after the car shouting at the couple, flowers in the air. (On the footpath, no acutally on the road.)

What a mass of locals were on both sides of the street though that morning - awaiting a glimpse of the couple.

Hopefully that video will become a youtube - maybe from the guy himself! :lol: - and it can be shared.


Had me dying... haha
 
According to Rebecca English on twitter several thousand are there to greet Harry and Meghan at Government house.

I truly believe one of the best things about this couple is their crowd work. We always end up with highlights of the people they met. Daphne and Luke from yesterday are now headlines around the world.

They have a great way of shinning a light on the unique crowds and people they meet.
 

Thanks so much Chloep - that's a video worth saving as a momento of the tour.

How about the size of those crowds outside Admiralty House, just to see the couple drive away.


That's amazing polyesco.

Everyone has Royal fever.

I think the crowds are just going to grow and grow as this tour goes on.


Walking down the steps of the plane now.

And Meghan is wearing - yes, a coat! (It is Melbourne after all.)

Looks like Tuesday's coat, over a long length navy coloured dress.

Going to be running late all day by the look of it - convoy just left the airport.

Due at Government House in fifteen minutes, but it is a forty minute drive, even without the accident and last minute changes to the route.

The will be given a green corridor into the city, but won't be on time.
 
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I was watching live footage online from 7 News. Does it actually play on TV too or just a livestream?
 
I was watching live footage online from 7 News. Does it actually play on TV too or just a livestream?

We've had live crosses throughout normal programming this morning jacqui24 - every time something has happened.

We will have dedicated live coverage from 11.30am until 3.00pm - with ad breaks.

Hope you have a good tour day.

TV is showing the crowds awaiting the drive past.

Just gone 11.00am here and the car is about half way there - having a very good run at the moment.
 
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