22 / October / 2019

Married teacher asks Prince Harry for kiss in front of Meghan and his reaction is priceless

A married teacher keen for a smooch from Prince Harry was left sorely disappointed when the duke rejected her advances.

Sue Cauldwell was "on a promise to get a kiss" as part of a joke with her husband's colleague.

And when the 62-year-old came face-to-face with the duke, 34, in Rotorua, New Zealand, she couldn't resist but try her luck - despite Harry's pregnant wife Meghan being close by.

Sue had previously met Princess Anne in the 1970s and was particularly excited to meet her nephew.

The Year Two teacher was with a group of children from Glenholme School, who caught the attention of Harry and Meghan by performing their school version of the haka when the couple walked passed.

As the duke approached Sue, people from behind egged her on and encouraged her to "go for it."

But Harry was not as keen and joked: "Oh no, I can't do that. I might get into trouble."

Meanwhile, a two-year-old also crept through the railings during Harry and Meghan's final tour walkabout - and was rewarded with a hug from the duchess.

Catalina Rivera and her mother Mercedes were among the well-wishers at Rotorua's Government Gardens, having moved to New Zealand 10 months ago from El Salvador.

As Catalina's first language is Spanish, the duchess had difficulty communicating with the youngster at first.

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Mercedes, who is eight months pregnant, said: "Meghan said that she (Catalina) was beautiful, and asked her for a hug.

"We were trying to mime hugging in the background.

"We were just so excited to see her."

People started queuing hours before the royal party arrived and among the signs was one saying "Fancy a cuppa, Megs? I have banana bread", while another said "Hello your royal bumpness".

As well as the array of flowers and soft toys, the couple also received a typically Kiwi present during the walkabout.

Harry finished the royal tour with five sweet words as he said goodbye with Meghan.

The tour has been a huge test for the pair and is their first as a married couple.

They kicked off their 16-day trip by announcing they are expecting their first child, and since then they've packed in 76 engagements in four different countries.

But it's now all come to an end, and the couple are saying their goodbyes as they prepare to head back to London.

As they finished their final engagement at Redwoods Tree Walk in Rotorua, New Zealand, they said farewell to media as they were walking out of the forest and Harry said a final five words.

When asked how he found the tour, he replied: "It's been great. Thanks guys."

Meghan and Harry started their final day with a traditional Pōwhiri welcoming ceremony.

They were both given Korowai, Maori cloaks which are intended to protect the wearer, which had been made especially for them.

Harry was also presented with a Tewha Tewha, a Maori weapon with a point at one end and an axe at the other.

Trevor Maxwell, of the local district council, said "I am sure you are going to Twickenham when the All Blacks play England on November 11 - make sure you don't take that."

The ceremony was conducted in Maori – as Harry and Meghan were being treated like “one of their own” – with Monty Morrison only breaking into English once, when he looked at the duchess and said “little bump” to laughter.

Prince Harry then spoke for around a minute in Maori – with gasps of awe and smiles when he used the word 'whaiaipo', or sweetheart.

He said: "Thank you for the beautiful cloak you have so kindly gifted to myself and the duchess.

"We appreciate the skill of the weavers who made it, and the aroha that has gone into its creation. This cloak is a taonga that will be cherished in our family.

"One of the joys of our visit to New Zealand has been the opportunity to meet so many young New Zealanders who are devoting their talents and energy to making a difference.

"There are creative, gifted and caring Te Arawa Rangatahi (young people) here, who are using their talents to preserve and promote the Māori language, to support mental wellbeing, and to achieve in areas that will benefit their communities, and their country."

They also had the chance to meet two baby kiwi chicks at the Rainbow Springs breeding centre before heading out to meet hundreds of well-wishers who had gathered to greet them.

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