Under cloudy skies and a chilly wind in Wellington, the first stop on the Sussexes' trip to New Zealand, a sea of smartphones greeted the parents-to-be as they made their way down the steps and towards the crowds.
The country has a "moderate" risk of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause birth defects.
Meghan was also gifted a pearl necklace as they visited the President of Fiji on the first day off their tour to Fiji.
Both items have since gone on display as part of a special exhibition at Windsor Castle, titled, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and both the bride and groom have recorded personal audio messages to help guide visitors through the show.
Now that it was just a couple of hours from happening Kelly said she was "super nervous".
Harry and Meghan's itinerary over the following three days includes a hike and barbecue in the Abel Tasman National Park at the top of the South Island, a reception with Ardern at Auckland War Memorial Museum and a visit to the popular North Island tourist resort of Rotorua.
He said it was a real topic that needed to be discussed. When Meghan's estranged sister Samantha Markle visited London this week, she wasn't even allowed passed the gates at Kensington Palace.
"You can tell she really cares", added Hawke.
Hundreds of people gathered outside barriers at the Pukeahu National War Memorial, hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple on their only public walkabout in the capital.
The Paralympics-style competition was created in 2014 by Prince Harry to honor wounded servicemembers and veterans.
The duke and the duchess attended a beachside cafe in Wellington, New Zealand, and were praised for their efforts in highlighting mental health issues.
The only person who the Duchess keeps in contact with is her mother, Doria Ragland. Meghan said she loved the place. "They seemed genuinely scared, but I was very nice". They were everything I expected. "It would be a good opportunity for them to come back with the newborn baby".
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were given a traditional Maori greeting as they arrived in New Zealand - rubbing noses with Maori elders as they received a hongi.