Meghan Markle leaves child shocked after snubbing ‘free hug’ on Tonga trip with Harry
27 October, 2018, 2:35 am
NUKU’ALOFA, 26 OCTOBER 2018 (EXPRESS.CO.UK) – Meghan Markle looked stunning in stripes as she arrived to meet the leader – before leaving one child distraught when she appeared to snub an offer of a ‘free hug’.
The Duchess, wearing a Martin Grant dress and her Husband, Pricne Harry, were met by more than 50 civil servants wearing red and black shirts and traditional outfits as they entered the St George Government Buildings for a meeting with Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and his cabinet.
A small child – clearly delighted by the royal couple’s appearance – held a sign saying “free hugs”, which Meghan spotted and smiled at.
However, as the boy looked on Meghan smiled, but did not stop to hug him – leaving the little boy gobsmacked.
The sign read: “Free Hugs!!! Malo e Lelei. Harry & Meghan”.
But clearly, pregnant Meghan had her eyes on the job at hand.
The young boy then fell to the ground in dissapointment, clearly disheartened and dejected by Meghan’s apparent snub.
But thankfully, the playful young boy was later pictured smiling as the Duke and Duchess were welcomed by their hosts.
He smiled from ear to ear as he lift his head up from the floor, not letting the moment dampen his spirits as Meghan Markle and Prince harry went about their engagement at the Givernment Building.
The Duke of Sussex said the entertainment at the official welcome reception was “very good” as he met the Tongan prime minister.
After meeting the Tongan prime minister and his cabinet, the Duke and Duchess head to the Fa’onelua Convention Centre to look at traditional handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths later on Friday.
At the Tupou College, the Sussexes dedicated two forest reserves to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy before leaving from Fua’amotu airport for Sydney.
When the couple arrived in Tonga, they attended a banquet, which Harry said was like visiting “an extended family”.
He said: “My grandparents have visited a number of times and Your Majesties have been frequent visitors to see my family over the years.
“We have a strong bond as members of the Commonwealth; we share so much history – and common values.
“Tongan soldiers served with our allies during the First and Second World Wars and later independently to offer support in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Tongan hospitality is world-renowned. Your islands are stunningly beautiful, offering tourists rugged coastlines, humpback whales and coral reefs.”
Much ahas been made of Meghan’s wellbeing, with many including Prince Harry reminding the duchess to pace herself as she undertakes engagements during the gruelling 16 day tour of the region.
On Thursday evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex mingled with dignitaries at a glitzy evening event hosted by the King and Queen of Tonga at Consular House in the capital Nuku’alofa.
Meghan met Justice Charles Cato, a New Zealand judge, and his Russian wife, Miriam.
Cato, who is a doctor, asked pregnant Meghan to take care of herself as she continues her busy overseas tour.
Cato said: “I asked, how does she feel? She responded ‘Very well, thank you.’ I said ‘No visible signs yet!’”
The Duke and Duchess previosuly took in the sites in Australia and Fiji, where they were both received with rapturous welcomes.