Meghan wore a mix of labels for today’s first engagement, a visit to Maranui Cafe in Wellington.
There was a crowd outside the cafe eager for a glimpse of the royals.
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A video from Emily Andrews shows the royals meeting cafe staff.
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 28, 2018
The focus today was mental health. All of the guests were involved with mental health programs and initiatives. Below, the Duke and Duchess speak with Jazz Thornton and Gen Mora, founders of Voices of Hope, an organization they launched that provides hope “…for those struggling with mental health issues by promoting mental well-being, empowerment and recovery.”
More via the Voices of Hope site:
Both being mental illness survivors they felt the need to use their past experiences alongside their passion for creating content to provoke and bring change. They do this by creating videos that target mental illness issues as well as writing blog posts on different topics.
Meghan and Harry also met with young people at the cafe who are working on mental health projects throughout the country.
One of the people they are speaking with in this photo is Ezekiel Raui, one of the Queen’s Young Leaders award winners. After there were several youth suicides at his high school, Ezekiel founded Te Kotahi, a peer-support program that is led by young people.
Among the children, a young man named Joe. More from Stuff NZ:
For one small Wellington schoolboy, meeting the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, proved a little too much.
On their way out, Markle stopped to greet young school children, from nearby Houghton Valley School.
At the end of the line was Joe Young, 5, was overcome with emotion when the Duchess approached him.
She kneeled down to his level and attempted to comfort him.
Houghton Bay school deputy principal Monica Mercury said the excitement was a little much for five-year-old.
Markle told Young he was “really cute and really shy”, she said.
There was good news from Outland Denim this week, related to the boost in business they have had since Meghan was seen wearing their jeans. The company announced on October 27th that “Thanks to the Duchess’ choice in denim, we’re pleased to announce that it will be possible to employ a further 15 to 30 seamstresses in our Cambodian production house in the coming weeks, and the recruitment process has already begun.
This 1:50 video from Radio New Zealand covers the morning cafe visit.
Watch as Prince Harry and Meghan meet with young people at Maranui Cafe to talk about the importance of education in mental health.
They also greet children waiting outside. #royalvisitnz
— RNZ (@radionz) October 28, 2018
Unrelated to this engagement but still fun, the front page of London’s Metro.
Here’s a look at what Meghan wore for this morning’s engagement.