The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have kept a busy schedule since touching down in Australia this week, and on Friday, Meghan took a well-earned break from the formal social gatherings while her husband embarked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb with his new mate, Scott Morrison.
Prince Harry left wife Meghan to rest on Friday afternoon as he embarked on the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb to raise the flag and signal the beginning of the Invictus Games.
Harry joined Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Invictus Games representatives to raise the Invictus flag over the iconic bridge ahead of Saturday’s Opening Ceremony.
As the creator of the multi-sport event, Harry was all smiles as he chatted with the PM and games personnel at the top of the bridge before happily posing for photos to mark the momentous occasion.
The Invictus Games, which began in 2014, sees thousands of wounded, injured or sick armed force personnel from across the world join together to compete in a range of sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.
Over 500 competitors are set to compete in this year’s event, that will begin with an opening ceremony on Saturday night. Over the course of eight days the talented sports people will take part in 11 medal sports and two feature events.
Earlier in the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to a western Sydney girls school. The students at Macarthur Girls School were left absolutely gobsmacked when the royal couple joined the assembly.
After the initial meeting, Harry and Meghan were treated to a special dance performance to the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version of The Power of Love.
The loved-up couple then spent time with Year 9 students where they talked to the girls about their work around social, human rights and women’s empowerment.
???? A beautiful performance at Macarthur Girls High school, which The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting to to see their inspirational work being done by students in human rights, social justice and women's empowerment. #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/eu4xhLDm4z
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 19, 2018
Earlier in the morning, the pair visited Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach where they met with members of the OneWave surfing community. Despite the overcast weather, large crowds descended on the golden sands to catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan in the flesh.
Similar to the work of the royals, the group also advocates for better mental health and wellbeing awareness.
As part of their visit with OneWave, the parents-to-be took part in a special Fluro Friday celebration, where people wear bright colours and creative costumes while talking about mental health.
The former Suits actress wore a pink-and-yellow lei of flowers around her neck, while Harry opted for a bright blue version. They then joined a group of people on the beach where they sat on beach towels and wrapped their arms around each other in a big circle.