As it happened: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Wellington, New Zealand

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in New Zealand for the final leg of their Pacific tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Wellington on Sunday afternoon.

Their only scheduled public appearance in the capital was at Pukeahu National War Memorial, where they lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited a new statue.

They also visited Government House for official duties.

Live updates have now ended.

6:10pm - This evening the Duke and Duchess will attend a reception at Government House hosted by the Governor General. The event celebrates the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand.

5:50pm - A group of teens are gushing about the experience.

"I met the royals," one particularly emotional girl sobs.

As it happened: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Wellington, New Zealand
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5:45pm - A 24-year-old woman who shared an emotional moment with Meghan has told Newshub she flew all the way from California to Wellington just to meet her.

She says the two bonded over being biracial, and that Meghan gave her advice about self-love and acceptance.

"You just get the feeling she cares about what she's doing here," another woman said of the Duchess.

5:43pm - Harry and Meghan have left. There are tears in the crowd.

5:40pm - Important update: The dog has met Harry and Meghan.

5:35pm - An assistance dog wearing a coat that says 'royal canine' just had a starring role in the live stream.

5:30pm - Meghan's had what looked like several heart-to-hearts with other women in the crowd, all of whom looked absolutely enraptured to be in her presence.

5:25pm - This is one enthusiastic crowd. One woman claims it's the "best moment of my life".

5:20pm - The couple are now meeting fans in the crowd, shaking lots of hands and being presented with flowers and what looks like a big teddy bear - presumably a gift for the baby due to be born next year.

Meghan's been given a red flower by a fan, which she's pinned to her coat just under the ANZAC poppy she's wearing.

5:18pm - The couple were shown the large British war memorial which was unveiled last year. The 5m structure takes the form of a pohutakawa tree and a royal oak tree coming together to form a shelter, symbolising the relationship between New Zealand and the UK. 

5:15pm - Harry and Meghan have emerged to loud cheers from the assembled crowd.

5:10pm - Harry was presented with the Badge in Gold for his work with injured veterans, which Meghan attached to his jacket above his military medals. 

5:05pm - Everyone is heading into the War Memorial building.

5:00pm - The Duke and Duchess each laid a single fern on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They then laid a full wreath in front of the tomb.

4:55pm - Harry and Meghan have arrived at Pukeahu, where they greeted officials and MPs including Grant Robertson and Ron Mark.

As it happened: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Wellington, New Zealand
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4:45pm - A small group of protestors are at Pukeahu, holding the tino rangatiratanga flag and banners reading 'NZ troops out of Afghanistan - stop the war'.

4:30pm - About 5000 people are already gathered at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, where the couple will lay a wreath and visit a new statue.

Prince Harry's doppelgänger found a way to stand out from the crowd.

4:10pm - Harry and Meghan are now sitting down with the Governor General in one of Government House's official meeting rooms.

Media have left the room.

4:04pm - Harry and Meghan have left the lawn and are now greeting people on the steps of Government House.

3:57pm - Harry and Meghan are chatting with students from local schools, as well as members of the Girl Guides and Scouts, who have turned up to watch the ceremony.

3:50pm - Prince Harry, a returned serviceman, is now watching a military demonstration alone from a small platform.  

3:45pm - The royals shook hands with the Governor General before stopping to watch a haka by a group from Hato Paora, a Fielding Māori Boys’ boarding school.

3:42pm - Harry and Meghan are at Government House which isn't far from Wellington Airport.

They're being welcomed by a pōwhiri.

3:40pm - Governor general Dame Patsy Reddy has added her voice to the welcoming committee for the royal couple.

3:30pm - Fashionistas may have picked up on Meghan's brown coat being a Karen Walker number, but her dress was a little cheaper.

She's wearing a black maternity dress from ASOS which retails for US$56 (NZ$86).

3:18pm - Kensington Palace has tweeted about the arrival, incorporating the only Te Reo phrase most people in the world probably know.

3:16pm - Prince Harry has been presented with his first gift, which is a box of some sort from the Invictus Games delegation.

3:15pm - My lip reading skills tell me the Prime Minister has just apologised for the Wellington wind, which does look particularly strong this afternoon.

3:14pm - Harry and Meghan are here! They've disembarked and are now shaking the hands of the Prime Minister, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and others.

As it happened: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Wellington, New Zealand
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3:12pm - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Sir Willie Apiata are among those gathered to greet the royal couple.

3:10pm - Athletes from the Invictus Games have disembarked from the plane and lined up on the tarmac.

3:08pm - Stairs have been rolled up to the door and movement can be seen inside.

3:05pm - A door has been opened on the side of the plane, but no sign of the Duke or Duchess yet.

An eagle-eyed fan spotted the royal car waiting to whisk them off to their next engagement.

2:55pm - The eagle has landed! ROYAL1 is on the ground at Wellington Airport.

There's a group of about 150 people gathered outside the arrivals terminal to watch as Harry and Meghan are driven out.

As it happened: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Wellington, New Zealand
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2:40pm - Here's the view Harry and Meghan are enjoying right now.

The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews has taken some scenic photos from her own aircraft, which is likely not far behind ROYAL1.

2:35pm - ROYAL1 has begun its descent into Wellington. The gusty airport is notorious for bumpy landings when the wind is up, so here's hoping Harry and Meghan enjoy a smooth landing.

2:25pm - Harry and Meghan's plane is currently in the air over Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island, cruising at 31,000 feet.

As it happened: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit Wellington, New Zealand
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'ROYAL1' will soon begin its descent into Wellington.

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