Meghan Markle 'shares breath' with Maori woman at her first official service with Prince Harry

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 25, 2018
02:06 P.M.
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The 36-year-old Royal bride-to-be, Meghan Markle, attended a ceremony in remembrance of the Australians and New Zealanders who lost their lives during WWI. 


Anzac Day was commemorated on April 25, 2018, and Markle reached a 'cultural milestone' by greeting one of the attendants, Te Ataraiti Waretini, with a traditional greeting known as a hongi

The greeting is carried out when people gently press or rub their noses and foreheads together, and share the other's breath. The gesture carries more importance than a kiss or a handshake. 

As reported by Daily Mail, Anzac Day has been observed in Europe for 102 years, and the first ceremony was attended Queen Elizabeth's grandfather, King George V. 


'She was amazing. I'm not sure if it's her first time at a Maori ceremony, but she did very, very well. It was really lovely to meet her and share the breath of life and share our culture with her and Harry.'

Te Ataraiti Waretini, Daily Mail, April 25, 2018. 

More than 2,000 New Zealand and Australian troops gathered at Westminster Abbey and paraded through the streets of London. 

It is estimated that 11,430 Australians and New Zealanders lost their lives when they joined forces with an Allied expedition to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.  


The couple signed a book of commemoration before Prince Harry, who served in the 662 Squadron of the Army Air Corps from 2005 until 2015, paid tribute by placing a wreath and handwritten note at the War Memorial in London. 

Markle wore a grey Smythe double-breasted coat for the solemn occasion. She completed the look with a black Gucci bag and matching Sarah Flint high heels. 

Markle has already attended various public events with her future in-laws. On March 12, 2018, she joined Queen Elizabeth II at a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey. 

On April 23, 2018, she also attended a memorial service at Trafalgar Square, to pay tribute to Stephen Lawrence who lost his life in a racially motivated attack in 1992.