NZ Government House event for Prince Harry, Meghan Markle evacuated

A reception in Wellington for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been derailed by a fire alarm.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended an event at Government House to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand.

The reception was hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, and was attended by National Party leader Simon Bridges among others.

But the evening didn't go as planned after a fire alarm went off in the building, requiring everyone inside to be evacuated.

All the guests were forced to leave Government House while security did a sweep of the premises.

Newshub understands the culprit was a clothes steamer that got a little too excited, triggering the smoke alarm.

The reception was meant to be the royal couple's final engagement of their first day in New Zealand. Harry and Meghan arrived at Wellington Airport at 3pm on Sunday afternoon and went straight to Government House, where they were welcomed by a pōwhiri.

They then laid a wreath at Pukeahu National War Memorial and visited a new commemorative sculpture, before meeting crowds of adoring fans who had gathered to see them.

On Monday, they'll visit Maranui Café before heading south to Abel Tasman National Park.