The Duchess of Sussex thanked the Invictus family for welcoming her into the fold as the Sydney event closed.
Meghan, wearing a green Antonio Berardi dress, told the audience at the Qudos Bank Arena, she had witnessed “amazing support networks” between the 500 competitors at the Games.
Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 for wounded servicemen and women, with events previously being held in London, Toronto and Florida.
The mother-to-be said: “It is such an honour to be here tonight celebrating all of you, and supporting my husband in the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago.
“In that short span of time, the Games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit sense of community which can only be defined as the Invictus Spirit.
“With that said, and on a very personal note, I just wanted to thank all of you for welcoming me into the Invictus family. I am truly so grateful to be a part of this with each and every one of you.”
A turtle shaped necklace carved from black coral was refused by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry due to environmental issues.
The couple, while in the Pacific island of Tonga, were shown around a market yesterday (October 26) and noticed the unusual item being sold by a vendor straight away.
Harvesting or taking away black coral, Triton trumpet shells and turtle shells goes against sustainability practices, Eco groups suggest.
And Royal sources have confirmed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were both aware of the nature of the item and politely turned down the offer of a gift from the vendor they had been talking to.
Strict Australian import laws would not allow them to bring the item back even if they had wanted to accept it The Mirror reports.
Salome Tesi, who was stationed at the first stall the royals came to in the market, said the couple had been interested to see a display of tree-like black coral on the table but politely declined to take away a carved necklace in the shape of a turtle.
“They asked about where it came from,” she said.
“We offered them a necklace as a gift and they said they liked it.
“They really liked it, but they didn’t take it. I think they wanted to take a look around all of the market.”
So far, the Duke and Duchess have been given a number of unusual gifts during their tour, including carrots, UGG boots and a roast pig.
One of their first gifts on tour just happened to also be their first baby gift – a cuddly toy kangaroo.
The Duke and Duchess were also presented with a wide-brimmed Akubra hat, popularised by Hollywood classic Crocodile Dundee.
The people of Fiji offered a roast pig, a whale’s tooth necklace and a taste of the traditional local brew kava to Prince Harry and Meghan.
Harry and Meghan sat on a stage as he was given the whale’s tooth, a sign of wealth, in the vakasobu, before they were given kava, a drink made from a mashed plant root in the yaqona vakaturaga.
Meghan was also gifted a pearl necklace as they visited the President of Fiji on the first day off their tour to Fiji.
During the reception, a supportive Harry toasting with water at tonight’s reception with Fijian prime minister.
Prince Harry was handed the cheeky gift of Team Australia budgie smugglers during an interview with Invictus Games athletes on Sunday.
Of course, The Duke of Sussex wasted no time in getting them on over the top of his trousers.
Source : BirminghamMail