Huge hug for toddler from Meghan Markle during last day of royal tour

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

There’s been no end of hugs on Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal tour, but one toddler got the biggest of them all, from the Duchess.

Two-year-old Catalina Rivera slipped through the railings during the couple’s final tour walkabout in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Meghan, wearing a blue bespoke Givenchy sweater and pleated skirt, danced briefly with the tot, before enveloping her in a massive hug.

Catalina and her mother Mercedes were among the well-wishers at Rotorua’s Government Gardens, having moved to New Zealand 10 months ago from El Salvador.

Meghan gives two-year-old Catalina a hug (Getty)

As Catalina’s first language is Spanish, the Duchess had difficulty communicating with the youngster at first.

Mercedes, who is eight months pregnant, said: “Meghan said that she (Catalina) was beautiful, and asked her for a hug.

“We were trying to mime hugging in the background.

“We were just so excited to see her.”

Adorable (Getty)

People started queuing hours before the royal party arrived and among the signs was one saying “Fancy a cuppa, Megs? I have banana bread”, while another said “Hello your royal bumpness”.

As well as the array of flowers and soft toys, the couple also received a typically Kiwi present during the walkabout.

Thousands of people have turned out to see Harry and Meghan during their royal tour (Getty)

A group of children were there from Glenholme School and caught the attention of Harry and Meghan by performing their school version of the haka when the couple approached.

Meghan and Harry’s visit to Rotorua marks the end of their whirlwind 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

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