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Royal tour: Harry and Meghan kick off their shoes on Bondi Beach



Prince Harry and Meghan kicked off their shoes and went barefoot on Bondi Beach, as they continued their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met surfing community group OneWave, as they took part in “Fluro Friday”.

That meant there was a lot of neon and colourful garlands to be seen at the session, which encourages the discussion of mental health issues.

Later, Harry climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge with Invictus Games competitors.

The couple were greeted by cheers and screams as they arrived at Bondi, the latest stop on their Australian tour, just before 08:30 local time on Friday morning.

They were met by Grant Trebilco and Sam Schumacher, founder and co-founder of OneWave – one in a floral suit, and the other in gold trousers and rainbow-coloured braces.

Harry got into the spirit of the occasion by slipping a blue lei around his neck, to match his shirt of the same colour, while his wife was given a pink one.

The duchess is wearing another outfit by an Australian designer, this time choosing a striped dress by Martin Grant.

Both went barefoot to walk on the beach, where they sat in a circle on the sand to speak to members of OneWave.

During the beach visit, the couple received gifts including a large teddy bear, a lifeguard jacket and a bunch of carrots.

“Oh my goodness, we’ve got some veggies,” Meghan said to Harry, who replied: “Fantastic”.

The duke then moved on to his challenge at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

He and three Invictus Games athletes took 13 minutes to complete an ascent of the landmark. They were joined on the climb by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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