Meghan Markle has met privately with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Kensingston Palace.
The Duchess of Sussex held the secret meeting with Ms Ardern on Monday after spending time with her during the royal tour of New Zealand last year.
A source told royal commentator Omid Scobie that Meghan “was pleased to have the chance to thank the PM for the wonderful hospitality (she and Harry) received from the people of New Zealand last year”.
TVNZ reporter Joy Reid tweeted that the secret meeting was being held “to recognise their recent successful visit”.
The former Suits actress will also join Ms Ardern for a formal meeting with Prince William later this week.
Duchess Meghan and New Zealand Prime Minister @jacindaardern had a private meeting today at Kensington Palace.
Meghan, says a source, “was pleased to have the chance to thank the PM for the wonderful hospitality [she and Harry] received from the people of New Zealand last year.” pic.twitter.com/EUO7zP2PyE— Omid Scobie (@scobie)
Prime Minister @jacindaardern is meeting privately with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, at Kensington Palace to recognise their recent successful visit to NZ. A more formal royal meeting will take place with Prince William at Davos later this week @1NewsNZ— Joy Reid (@JoyReidTVNZ)
During their tour, Meghan and Prince Harry completed several public engagements with Ms Ardern, who also joined them for an evening reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
While rare, it’s not unheard of for the royals to meet with foreign politicians privately, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge previously playing host to former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
Besides the royal visit, Meghan and Ms Ardern would have plenty to talk about — both are a similar age, proud feminists and are first time (or about to be) mothers.
Meanwhile the meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister isn’t the only one the Duchess has held this week.
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Meghan also played host to friend Daniel Martin over the weekend, a makeup artist that did her face for her wedding to Harry.
Martin posted a photo of their tea and toast, writing in the caption that the duchess was a “consummate hostess” and still the “avocado toast whisperer”.