Meghan and Prince Harry’s second day in New Zealand ended with a very Halloween-appropriate visit to Courtenay Creative, a production company that gets young people involved in behind-the-scene aspects of film making.
Part of their work is in costume design, so Meghan and Harry got to take in several amazing and spooky costumes worn by the production company’s staff. They were particularly “quite scared” of the Lord of the Rings orc that greeted them, the orc told a reporter later.
The orc was played by 37-year-old Luke Hawker who is a film technician and stuntman from Weta Workshop. He later said: “I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to shake their hands. They seemed genuinely scared, but I was very nice.” For the record, they did shake hands.
Meghan and Harry were very impressed 12-year-old Ruby Acevedo who had been transformed into a chimp from Planet of the Apes by her father Gino who is a creative art director at Weta Digital.
Harry came close to her face and asked if he could touch it, which he did.
Ruby later told a reporter that “It was a very nice experience to meet and talk to them. They were everything I expected. Really kind.”
They also met Carleen Murphy, who was dressed up as a red devil for the occasion. She told the reporter that she was waiting for Meghan to mention her past as an actress, but the Duchess was keen to keep the focus on everyone else.
“She was so gracious and let others shine. She’s even more beautiful than she is on screen. More lovely. An absolute beauty.” She later said
Besides her was Lord of the Rings actor Jed Brophy who was dressed as a devil. He told Harry this was the shortest make-up session he’d ever needed, and Harry told him he should head out on the town later, which he said he would.
“They’re wonderful people, very warm and genuinely interested,” Jed later said.
A video from the event:
And a group photo was taken of course:
Meghan oozed sophistication as she showed off her enviable figure in a white tuxedo dress by New Zealand based label Maggie Marilyn, which had been customised for her.
The brand shared the news on their Instagram:
Upon arrival, Meghan was spotted wearing a coat over her shoulder. It was the Gillian Anderson for Winser London coat.
She styled it with her Manolo Blahnik BB navy suede pumps
She wore her diamond Tattoo pendant by New Zealand-born jewelry designer Jessica McCormack. Each Tattoo pendant is made into a unique piece by the random setting of the various sizes of diamonds on the spiral motif. The design draws on the designer’s New Zealand heritage and the rich culture of its native people. It is inspired by the fern frond or koru and the ancient Maori tradition of ‘Ta Moko.’
And finally, her Boh Runga Discologo Studs which was giftes to Meghan from Prime Minister
- Meghan and Harry will travel to In Auckland, to visit the North Short to dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.
- They will join the Prime Minster to visit Pillars, a charity that uses mentoring to support children who have a parent in prison. (Meghan and Harry donated $5,000 to the charity for their wedding.)
- In the afternoon, the couple will be able to meet people in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour and alter attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Museum.