The Duchess of Sussex showed off her welly-wanging prowess with a deft underarm throw on the latest stop of their marathon royal tour.
Harry and Meghan and their respective teams sparred off in Redvale, north of Auckland, after planting trees and dedicating 20 hectares of forest to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) scheme.
They planted puriri and kowhai trees, the latter of which was represented on Meghan’s veil when she married Harry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May.
After meeting children from environmental education programme Trees for Survival, the couple then got their hands dirty to plant the trees before heading over to throw wellies – or gumboots.
Harry and Meghan each had two children on their team and took it in turns throwing boots as other pupils cheered them on.
The duchess’s team emerged victorious after she landed her boot a good metre closer to the target than the duke.
Harry and Meghan, wearing black skinny J Crew jeans and a Karen Walker blazer, arrived on Tuesday morning after torrential rain showers at the paddock.
Nelson Poll, 11, was on Meghan’s team and said: “I think Harry’s technique was better – it was straight forward instead of going at an angle.
“I said to Meghan ‘try to keep it forward and not too high’.”
When asked who he felt wanted to win more, Nelson said: “Probably Harry.”
Ryen Anderson, 10, who was also on Meghan’s team, added: “Meghan was asking us how to throw and we said it doesn’t matter.
“She didn’t know she could throw that far and she surprised herself.
“She was really pleased we’d won and said next time we’ll have to do another one and Harry said next time ‘we’ll win’!”
During the visit, the duke praised New Zealand for its commitment to the QCC – an initiative which promotes the conservation of forests.
At todayâs @QueensCanopy dedication, The Duchess of Sussex planted a KÅwhai tree, the flower of which was one of 53 on the veil of her wedding dress, representing each nation of the Commonwealth. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/3MbJH03ow2— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) October 30, 2018
He said: “It is fitting that New Zealand’s contribution to the Canopy has been through its relationship with the QEII National Trust.
“The Trust was set up to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. Since then, nearly four-and-a-half thousand covenants have been registered through the Trust.
“When you think that each of those covenants is enabling the protection of important areas of biodiversity on private land – that is a huge achievement and one that deserves recognition.
“And as I learned in the car there are no incentives; farmers are doing this because it’s the right thing to do.”
James Guild, chairman of the QEII trust, the equivalent of the UK’s National Trust and responsible for the QCC in New Zealand, gave a speech welcoming the couple and congratulating them on their forthcoming baby.
“Perhaps some time in the future we will see Her Majesty’s great-grandchild back in New Zealand to check up on the covenant dedicated by his or her parents on their first trip to New Zealand together.”