Meghan Markle praised for using Te Reo Māori in first NZ speech

goss 29/10/2018

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has spoken at Government House on Sunday evening, about the 125th anniversary of women's right to vote in New Zealand.

Meghan greeted the crowd of New Zealand political figures and leaders with "tēnā

kotou katoa," receiving a round of applause for her Māori language efforts.

She addressed the suffrage movement and feminism in her three-minute speech, and said she was happy to be in the country.

The Duchess ended on a quotation from iconic New Zealand suffragette Kate Sheppard: "All that separates whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern could be seen leaning forward to tell Meghan her speech was "perfect" as she returned to Prince Harry's side after the speech.

Full story from Alice Webb-Liddall at Newshub.