"You have once again left us humbled and inspired by your example, by your determination, by your service and by your sense of humour", said Harry in his speech.
Prince Harry also commented on the selection day, which he came along to even though, in his words, "I shouldn't have really even been there". Beauty wise, she kept the look simple with a bouncy blowdry, and kept to her signature beauty look of glowing skin, smoky eyes and a nude, glossy lip.
Just before boarding the flight to New Zealand they chatted to NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts, representing the Premier of NSW, and the federal member of Parliament for Berowra, Julian Leeser, representing the Prime Minister. She said Harry responded: "What, waiting around at Government House in the cold?" and the couple both laughed.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Wellington Sunday to a traditional Maori welcome, an official reception disrupted by a fire alarm and a rock star reception during a public walkabout.
Australians were the first in the world to bestow an array of gifts on the parents-to-be, with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove presenting them with a tiny pair of ugg boots and a toy kangaroo.
It's clear that Markle and Harry have had a lot on their docket since undertaking this overseas tour.
The New Zealand trip comes after the royal couple packed plenty into their trip to Australia, Fiji and Tonga, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games, a visit to Queensland's Fraser Island and a ride on one of Melbourne's famous trams.
Alexandra, an aspiring designer, said: "I said, "It's really nice to meet you", and then we gave her the brooch".
The pregnant duchess was the first to speak, sharing how special the event is to her and how much it means to be part of it.
The duke and duchess meet some of those in the crowd at Wellington.
However Meghan delighted the locals by joining Harry for a romantic afternoon walk along a jetty.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the last leg of a 16-day, four-nation tour which was timed to coincide with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.