Warm welcome from drought-hit Dubbo

Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Someone in the crowd first told Meghan they thought the girl looked like her, to which she replied: "I was literally about to say the same thing".

Meghan holds an umbrella as Prince Harry speaks to an outback community in a rare downpour.

Five-year-old Luke Vincent presented Meghan with flowers before embracing Harry in Dubbo on the royal tour of Australia.

"All you need to do is ask for it - your neighbour, your peer, your fellow farmer is literally right around the corner", he said, noting higher suicide rates in rural Australia.

The visit by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to the tiny hamlet of Wongarbon (population 400) was perhaps the most closely guarded secret ever entrusted to the 20-strong local branch of the Country Women's Association. He hugged both royals.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew into the central western city on Wednesday morning, where the drought is biting hard - though showers are forecast for the day of the royal visit.

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The royal couple were scheduled to spend their day in Dubbo, also visiting a drought-stricken farm and a local school.

A Dubbo bar went further to welcome the couple - who announced this week they are expecting a baby - by making a batch of "Dubbo Royale" beer. Royals are supposed to adhere to a very strict no autographs and no selfies rule, but it's not every day that a royal meets her doppelganger.

They had a ideal start to their 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in Sydney on Tuesday.

As they arrived, it started to pour but that didn't stop the prince from addressing the crowd.

If pregnancy has affected Meghan's energy, it has not stopped her bringing a new approach to the royal tour.

Their trip coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney from October 20-27.

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