Sydney fans brave rain to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

There was a certain irony about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's arrival in Sydney on Monday morning.

Back in England they'd heard a lot about the drought ravaging Australia, and even have a meeting with farmers scheduled for later this week.

An umbrella was probably the last thing they thought to pack, but it turned out to be what everyone needed as New South Wales was drenched in some much-needed rain.

The royal couple looked relaxed despite their longhaul Qantas flight from London, with Prince Harry even dropping his own bag in the boot.

The Duchess of Sussex was spotted clutching two burgundy folders as she stepped off the plane, prompting wild social media speculation on what they might contain.

From their very first steps they were the talk of Australia, a nation still waiting to meet its prince.

Streets were cleared to whisk them through rush hour traffic to their lavish accommodation at Admiralty House.

Despite the wind and rain, locals lined the streets for a look.

"It's very exciting," one fan told Newshub.

"It's always joy and fun, we need more royals coming to Australia," said another.

There's been no sign of the Duke and Duchess since, the jetlagged couple probably taking advantage of the wet weather to stay inside and recharge.

"I think they'll be under strict instructions to stay inside," says royal commentator Omid Scobie. "As we've seen there's already been hysteria, and the tour hasn't even begun yet."

The tour begins with famous Sydney sights Taronga Zoo and the Opera House, where 98-year-old Daphne Dunne will be waiting.

She's met Prince Harry twice already and won't miss a third, rain or shine.