Words by Alicia Vrajlal.
There were plenty of fans lined up to see Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Melbourne on Thursday, but there was one in particularly who caught the attention of the royal couple.
A six-year-old boy named Gavin Hazelwood was eager to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and even made a special gift for Meghan which he brought along.
Lucky for the primary school student, Meghan absolutely loved the delicate pasta necklace that Gavin had made, and even wore it for the rest of her public walkabout at Government House Drive in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
“I made it with pasta and dipped them in gold paint and threaded the string through,” the youngster, dressed in a navy uniform, told news.com.au.
That morning the Duke and Duchess met locals along Government House Drive before heading into Government House for a reception hosted by the Governor of Victoria the Honourable Linda Dessau AC.
The welcome event was to acknowledge influential young Australians, with campaigns such as VicHealth’s This Girl Can holding demonstrations on the lawns of Government House.
Ambassadors led 150 women in a range of activities featured in the campaign, including Aussie rules football, netball, yoga, boxercise, cricket, cycling and Zumba to an energising soundtrack performed by DJ Yo Mafia.
Harry and Meghan have been in the country since Monday, for a 16-day stint in Australia.
During that time, they will take in all the sights of Australia, before heading to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, meeting with locals and carrying out engagements at the Invictus Games in Sydney.
Kensington Palace has revealed that their trip ‘will focus on youth leadership, and projects being undertaken by young people to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the region’.