Harry and Meghan meet just-hatched chick at National Kiwi Hatchery

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at a kiwi hatchery just in time to meet a seconds-old baby bird.

The chick had just clawed its way out of a large shell when Harry and Meghan arrived in Rainbow Springs to learn about their breeding programme.

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A kiwi chick hatches ahead of Harry and Meghan’s visit to the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand (Phil Nobel/AP/P)

Charity Kiwis For Kiwis started a breeding programme – Operation Nestegg – in 1994 to increase the birds’ numbers and the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa is the leading kiwi conservation centre in the country.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to staff at the sanctuary (Phil Nobel/AP/PA)

When she told Meghan that laying an egg was the equivalent of having a “30lb baby”, the pregnant duchess grimaced and then laughed.

They went on to meet two three-day old chicks called Koha (gift) and Tihei (sneeze of life).

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Harry and Meghan,look at a kiwi through a window during a visit to the National Kiwi Hatchery (Phil Nobel/AP/PA)

As the duke and duchess left the sanctuary, they were given some picture books about kiwis for their baby, and greenstone necklaces for themselves.

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