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In pictures: Gentle Meghan comforts overwhelmed youngster in New Zealand

Harry also tried to cheer the child up with a tummy tickle.

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex showed off her motherly touch as she met a visibly emotional five-year-old in New Zealand.

Meghan knelt down to comfort little Joe Young, who was part of a group of schoolchildren waiting to greet the royal couple outside a cafe in Wellington.

Harry also reassured the overwhelmed youngster by tickling his stomach.

The duke and duchess had a packed schedule on their first full day in New Zealand, meeting with mental health workers before flying by helicopter to the Abel Tasman National Park.

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Meghan crouched down to speak to Joe Young, who rubbed his eyes as the royal visitors approached (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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Harry also comforted Joe with a tummy tickle (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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A smiling Harry waved to the crowds who had come out to greet him and Meghan (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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School students held homemade signs as they hoped to catch a glimpse of the couple (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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Later, Harry and Meghan visited Abel Tasman National Park (Paul Edwards/PA)
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Meghan took the time to pose for a photo with local schoolchildren (Paul Edwards/PA)
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The couple also took a stroll along the beachfront (Paul Edwards/PA)

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