'Talofa lava': Prince Harry cheered for Pasifika greeting in Auckland

Prince Harry has drawn loud cheers after successfully greeting the crowd in several Pasifika languages.

Arriving at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to celebrate the cultural contributions of Pasifika communities, he laughed nervously before tackling the list.

"Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! Bula vinaka! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Kia orana! Tēnā koutou katoa!" he said, receiving a rousing applause after each sentence.

"This is definitely the first time I have spoken most of those languages," he joked afterwards. "So I apologise if my accent wasn't any good, but I had to give it a go."

The prince said it was "wonderful" to be at the event celebrating diversity in one the world's most diverse cities.

"Tonight our focus is to acknowledge the outstanding young people here," he says.

"One of the most rewarding things about travelling through four Commonwealth countries these past few weeks has been the opportunity to meet young leaders who are making a significant difference within their own communities."

His wife, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, has also been praised for using te reo Māori in her first New Zealand speech.

Speaking at Government House on Sunday evening, Meghan greeted the crowd of New Zealand political figures and leaders with "tēnā kotou katoa," receiving a round of applause for her Māori language efforts.


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