SYDNEY – Prince Harry met on Tuesday a group of children in New Zealand whose parents are in prison, calling them “spectacular” and encouraging them to become “role models for others in the community.”
The prince and his wife Meghan, along with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, paid a visit to the Pillars organization in Auckland, a charity which helps children whose parents are in prison through mentoring schemes, and to which they donated NZ$5,000 ($3,270).
“To all of the Pillars community, thank you again. We couldn’t be happier to support such fantastic work,” Harry said, according to public broadcaster Radio New Zealand.
Earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wearing wellington boots, planted two trees for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy reforestation project.
They also participated in a gumboot throwing competition, which originated in England in the 1970s, at the North Shore Riding Club, near Auckland.
The royal couple’s agenda was unaffected by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake that struck the country in the afternoon.
The couple, who are expecting their first child, will conclude a three-week tour on Wednesday, which has also taken them to Australia, Fiji and Tonga.