How Meghan Markle's First Royal Tour Compares to Princess Diana's
After a whirlwind 16 days full of countless appearances (well, 76 to be exact!), adorable PDA moments and endless maternity outfits, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first Australian royal tour has officially come to an end. The couple’s adventures in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji provided endless entertainment for fans all over the world — just like another famous royal once did.
Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, visited the land Down Under in 1983 along with her husband at the time, Prince Charles, for her first tour as a member of the royal family. While 35 years may have passed since Princess Diana embarked on her own Australian royal, not much has really changed.
Here’s how Princess Di’s tour compares to Meghan’s.
Giving the people what they want (face time):
Meeting the people is royal duty numero uno.
Hanging beach side:
Princess Diana met with a team of lifeguards at Terrigal Beach in Sydney.
Meghan Markle (and Harry) met lifeguards at Melbourne Beach in Melbourne.
Ducking the rain:
Princess Diana held an umbrella for herself ...
... While Meghan gave her hubby a hand.
Hugs and kisses from the fans:
Princess Diana received a regal kiss on hand from a fan.
Meghan, too, received the love from a little boy in Dubbo.
Rubbing noses with Maori people:
Traditions are truly timeless.
Bringing kiddos along — kind of:
Diana and Charles brought baby Prince William along ...
... While Meghan's budding bump got a bit of a spotlight, too.
But really, it's really all about the kangaroos:
Both real and stuffed.