Words by Olivia Morris.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle spent some time with local farmers, learning about the hardships they have faced this year during the drought.
Later on in a heartfelt speech, Harry acknowledged the difficult times many farmers have gone through.
However, ironically the heavens opened and the Duke of Sussex got drenched by the torrential rain.
His doting wife Meghan did her absolute best to keep him dry with an umbrella, but unfortunately it didn’t seem to help that much.
Acknowledging that life “has not been easy” for those in the agricultural industry in Australia, Harry applauded the farmers for their “hard work” and “resilience”.
“You have just lived through two years of drought and despite recent welcome rain, it is going to take lot more and a long time to recover,” he said. “It must be hard not to lose hope when you endure so many dry months end on end, knowing that you are powerless to do anything about it.”
The 34-year-old noted how such difficulties can “take a huge mental and emotional toll on farmers and their families”, but encouraged everyone to take solace in their communities.
“You are one huge community and with that comes an unparalleled level of internal support and understanding,” he said.
“All you need to do is to ask for it.
“Your neighbour, your peer, your fellow farmer is literally right around the corner. Chances are, they may well be suffering too and will relish the opportunity to either listen or talk themselves.”
He went on to address his own mental health journey noting, “We are all in this together because asking for help is one of the best decisions that I ever made.”
Ending his speech, he thanked the people of Dubbo for welcoming himself and Meghan and sharing their stories.
Despite being drenched Harry didn’t seem to mind the rain, adding, it was a “gift” to many.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Dubbo visit
Earlier in the day, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met five-year-old schoolboy Luke Vincent, who was overjoyed to meet the royal couple.
He’d been waiting for the royal couple for hours, and in a heartwarming moment, the kindergartener dove straight in for a cuddle with Harry as the royal bent down to greet him.
The young boy, who has Down syndrome, was fascinated by the Duke of Sussex’s scruffy beard, and he reached in to touch it before presenting a pregnant Meghan with a some flowers and a hug.
According to Luke’s mum, he “loves” beards.
“Luke’s favourite person is Santa Claus, isn’t it?” she told 7News, to which Luke replied, “Yeah, Santa Claus.”
Mrs. Vincent admitted she was slightly concerned after Luke “jumped up” on Harry, as she was told there was a “no touching” rule around the royals.
“I was very concerned once he started rubbing Prince Harry’s face and his hair, but Prince Harry was completely gracious,” she said. “And was so polite and realised what was happening and his infatuation with his beard.
“We can only thank him so much for treating Luke with such respect.”
Meghan Markle is pregnant
Just hours after they arrived in Australia on Monday, the royal pair announced they were expecting their first child together.
Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” the palace said in statement on Twitter.
“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”