Streets littered with household junk greet Harry and Meghan in Sydney

Unfit for a prince! Harry and Meghan are given a VERY grotty welcome to Sydney as they drive through streets littered with broken furniture and household junk dumped on footpaths

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were greeted by piles of rubbish as they arrived in Kirribilli on Monday
  • The royal couple were visiting Admiralty House, the Governor-General’s Sydney residence
  • Early morning arrival meant items from North Sydney Council’s household waste clean up day was still there 

The Duchess of Sussex put on a dazzling smile as she arrived in Sydney with Prince Harry for their first international tour since their wedding in May.

But the streets of Kirribilli in Sydney’s north didn’t quite match up to the glamour as the visiting royal couple were greeted by discarded mattresses, chairs, milk crates, and pieces of carpet.

The arrival of the royal couple, organised months in advance, coincided with one of North Sydney Council’s fortnightly household waste clean up days.

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Prince Harry and Meghan were greeted by discarded mattresses, chairs, milk crates, and pieces of carpet as they arrived in Kirribilli for the first day of their 16-day Australian tour

Meghan and Harry (pictured) would have been able to see the rubbish through the window of the while Holden sedan as it arrived at Admiralty House in Kirribilli

Dozens of royal enthusiasts who lined the streets for a glimpse of the popular couple had to squeeze between the unwanted items as rain poured down, making the cluttered sight even less inviting

The arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, organised weeks in advance, coincided with one of North Sydney Council’s fortnightly household waste clean up days

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    When they rolled up to Admiralty House, the Governor-General’s Sydney residence, in a white Holden sedan early on Monday morning the rubbish had not yet been collected by council workers.

    Dozens of royal enthusiasts who lined the streets for a glimpse of the popular couple had to squeeze between the unwanted items as rain poured down, making the cluttered sight even less inviting.

    Fortunately, Harry and Meghan spent little time outside as they were whisked inside out of the wet weather by their 10-strong entourage to be greeted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

    The stylish Duchess was dressed casually for the occasion as she donned a black turtle-neck top, with a dark-coloured coat featuring maroon lapel and cuff. 

    When they rolled up to Admiralty House, the Governor-General’s Sydney residence, early on Monday morning the rubbish had not yet been collected by council workers

    Some of the rubbish was just over the road from the sprawling mansion where the royal couple were greeted by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove

    Prince Harry is pictured having arrived at Admiralty House on Monday morning, shaking hands with Sir Cosgrove’s staff

    The motorcade enters the grounds of the residence flanked by police, the couple not even having to get caught in the rain

    Prince Harry was similarly dressed down in a grey jumper over a smart shirt, having just arrived on a Qantas A380 commercial flight from London via Singapore.

    The couple will have a low-key start to their Australian tour, with official duties not starting until Tuesday giving them time to rest after the long-haul flight. 

    Prince Harry and Meghan will also visit Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, Melbourne and Fraser Island in Queensland on their Australian tour. It is the Duchess’ first visit to Australia.

    They will spend a week in the country and then on Tuesday, October 23 they will head to Fiji for two days and then on to Tonga before returning to Australia. 

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      Earlier, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) arrived at Sydney Airport for their first major royal tour since getting married

      Meghan was carrying two purple folders as she stepped off the plane, while Prince Harry wore a grey jumper over a smart shirt 

      The Duchess of Sussex was glowing as she stepped-in to an awaiting car which took the couple to Admiralty House, the Governor-General’s Sydney residence, where the pair will spend Monday night 

      A beaming Meghan Markle (pictured centre) is visiting Australia for the first time, while her husband was last in the country in June 2017 

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be staying at Admiralty House (pictured), the sprawling Sydney harbourside residence of Australia’s Governor-General 

      The itinerary of the Royal couple’s tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, the first major overseas trip since they were married in late May 

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        On Sunday, October 28 they will cross the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, visiting Wellington, the Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland and Rotorua before heading home on Wednesday, October 31. 

        ‘The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018,’ the palace said in a short statement when announcing the tour.  

        The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend 76 engagements across the four countries, including the Invictus Games in Sydney, which runs from October 20-28.

        Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind tour 

        Tuesday, October 16: Sydney, Australia – The first day of the tour will begin at Admiralty House, where Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will welcome the couple alongside representatives from each of the 18 countries participating in the Invictus Games. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Taronga Zoo to officially open the new Taronga Institute of Science and Learning. They will later visit the Sydney Opera House, where they will have an opportunity to meet members of the public as they walk along the forecourt. The day concludes with a reception at Admiralty House

        Wednesday, October 17: Dubbo, Australia – The couple will fly to Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west. On arrival, the Duke and Duchess will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service. They will also will see first-hand the hardships local drought affected farmers are facing by visiting a local property. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Victoria Park to join people from Dubbo and surrounding areas at a picnic, followed by a visit to a local school

        Thursday, October 18: Melbourne, Australia – Harry and Meghan will fly to Melbourne where the day will begin with a short walk to Government House, meeting members of the public along the way, before attending an official reception. The royal couple will later visit a social enterprise café. In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will visit a primary school to meet students who are involved in sustainability programmes. Upon departure from the school, The Duke and Duchess will travel on an iconic Melbourne tram to South Melbourne beach

        Friday, October 19: Sydney, Australia – In the morning, Harry and Meghan will visit Bondi Beach. Before departing, the Duke and Duchess will have an opportunity to meet members of the public. Later that morning, the couple will take part in a youth advocate programme. Following this event, the Duke will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to officially raise the Invictus Flag, marking the arrival of the Invictus Games to Sydney. Their Royal Highnesses will conclude the day with calls on the Leader of the Opposition at Admiralty House, and the Prime Minister at Kirribilli House

        Saturday, October 20: Sydney, Australia –  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will travel by boat to attend the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge on Cockatoo Island. In the evening, Harry and Meghan will attend a reception at the Opera House, prior to attending the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Opening Ceremony. Prince Harry will give a speech at this event

        Sunday, October 21: Sydney, Australia – Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex will watch some Invictus Games events, including cycling and sailing. They will attend a lunchtime reception hosted by the Prime Minister with Invictus Games competitors

        Monday October 22: Fraser Island, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Queensland’s Fraser Island or K’gari as it is known by the Traditional Owners the Butchulla people, as part of the dedication of the site to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).  The couple will then meet with local elders and national park rangers to learn about the Island. From here, Their Royal Highnesses will travel to the beach to learn about the history in the Island’s logging trade, as well as its use as a training base for the Australian Z Special Unit during the Second World War. Their Royal Highnesses will then travel to Kingfisher Bay by boat 

        Tuesday, October 23: Suva, Fiji – Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport, before calling on His Excellency The President of Fiji at Borron House. The Duke and Duchess will then attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre’s Albert Park. From there, The Duke and Duchess will leave Albert Park for the Grand Pacific Hotel to attend a Reception and a State Dinner hosted by The President of Fiji, at which The Duke will speak 

        Wednesday, October 24: Suva, Fiji – His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial, and meet a number of Fijian war veterans, some of whom served with the British Armed Forces. Their Royal Highnesses will then visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva. From here, Their Royal Highnesses’ programme will split. The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, and The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence. The Duchess will then travel to Suva Market

        Thursday,  October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga – The Duke and Duchess will travel to the city of Nadi in Western Fiji, where they will attend a special event at Nadi Airport. After an official welcome ceremony, The Duke and Duchess will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba. From Nadi Airport, Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga

        Friday,  October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia – The Duke and Duchess will visit the St George Building for a call on the Prime Minister S Akilisi Pohiva and members of the cabinet. From there, Their Royal Highnesses will attend an exhibition with The Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre. The Duke and Duchess will then travel to Tupou College. The Duke and Duchess will travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before departing for Sydney, where they will attend the the Australian Geographic Society Awards

        Saturday, October 27: Sydney, Australia – Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon at the wheelchair basketball finals of the Invictus Games at the Quay Centre, before attending the Closing Ceremony that evening at Qudos Bank Arena

        Sunday, October 28: Wellington, New Zealand – The pair will attend the traditional welcome ceremony on the lawns of Government House. Their Royal Highnesses will be invited to hongi with the Governor-General’s Kuia and Kaumātua (Māori elders), before the pōwhiri, which includes a haka performed by members of the New Zealand Defence Force. Their Royal Highnesses will then travel to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. That evening, the Duke and Duchess will receive official calls from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition at Government House

        Monday, October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand – The Duke and Duchess will meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand. From Wellington, The Duke and Duchess will travel to Abel Tasman National Park. That evening back in Wellington, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Courtenay Creative for an event celebrating the city’s thriving creative arts scene

        Tuesday, October 30: Auckland, New Zealand – Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Auckland, where they will firstly visit the North Shore to dedicate a 20 hectare area of native bush to The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. They will then join the Prime Minister to visit Pillars, a charity operating across New Zealand. Later that afternoon, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to meet the people of Auckland on the Viaduct Harbour, before attending a Reception hosted by the Prime Minister at the Auckland War Memorial Museum

        Wednesday, October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand – The final day of their Royal Highnesses’ tour will take place in Rotorua. Next, The Duke and Duchess will head to Rainbow Springs to learn more about the centre’s kiwi breeding programme. Later that afternoon, the Duke and Duchess will head into the city for the chance to meet members of the public gathered there

        Thursday, November 1: Their Royal Highnesses will return to Auckland that evening, before departing for London the following day

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