A right royal day out

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger [email protected]

Faye Pa­tel and Pa­trice Wil­liams found their faces splashed across news­pa­pers here and abroad af­ter their trip to Ro­torua to see the roy­als.

The mother and daugh­ter are staunch roy­al­ists and spent a “mag­i­cal” af­ter­noon at Ro­torua Govern­ment Gar­dens ear­lier this month see­ing Prince Harry and meet­ing Meghan Markle.

Meet­ing the Duchess of Sus­sex was ex­hil­a­rat­ing enough, but when they re­turned home, Pa­trice and Faye started re­ceiv­ing links from their friends who had seen their faces splashed across lo­cal web­sites such as The Coast, New­shub and over­seas in the

Daily Mail Aus­tralia. These are the ones they know of.

Faye thinks the photo was broad­cast so much be­cause it showed off the duchess’ pos­si­ble wardrobe mal­func­tion.

The Daily Mail’s head­line had read ‘Meghan’s ‘Diana mo­ment’: Duchess ap­pears to flash her legs through her be­spoke Givenchy skirt dur­ing walk about in New Zealand— but all is not what it seems’.

Pa­trice be­lieves it was the ma­te­rial of the dress that cre­ated the see-through look.

Faye and Pa­trice thought it was “crazy” to see their pic­ture on so many plat­forms.

As for the meet­ing it­self, the two were lucky enough to shake the hand of the ex-ac­tress just be­fore she crossed the road to join her hus­band.

Pa­trice was both starstruck and dumb­founded when Meghan came close.

“I wanted to say to her ‘all the best with your baby’ but I ended up say­ing ‘you’re so gor­geous, just beau­ti­ful’, it was so em­bar­rass­ing!”

Pa­trice says the per­son be­side them gave Meghan a jar of manuka honey. Meghan was also ex­cited to re­ceive a rose from her hus­band (walk­ing on the other side of the road).

This isn’t the first time Pa­trice has had her face splashed across me­dia out­lets for her royal ten­den­cies.

“I spent the night out­side West­min­ster Abbey the night be­fore Will and Kate’s wed­ding in 2011 and four dif­fer­ent tele­vi­sion sta­tions from all over the world in­ter­viewed me.”

Pa­trice says she flubbed her words in one of the in­ter­views as well, say­ing it was a “one in a life­time” op­por­tu­nity rather than “once in a life­time”.

Faye was a big Princess Diana fan. She sees sig­nif­i­cant events in her own life— like get­ting mar­ried— have aligned with sim­i­lar events and time­frames as Diana’s.

Faye has ven­tured out three times to catch glimpses of roy­als — first for Charles and Diana’s visit to New Zealand in 1983, Charles and Camilla’s trip and now Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Faye says she “can’t be­lieve I got such a buzz out of it. I just said hello and shook her hand.” An­other royal fan . . .

Liz East from Pa­pamoa also got to shake Meghan’s hand. Liz and her part­ner trav­elled to the gar­dens early to get a good spot and waited for three hours for the royal cou­ple.

“When she came up to us, I was so ex­cited I al­most started hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing . . . I shook her hand said it was so lovely to meet her, said I loved her dress. She said thanks and smiled at me. As she moved off Richie com­mented on how her dress was see-through!

“It was sur­real and to­tally worth the wait. It was a nice day and the crowd were all ex­cited and happy like we were.”

Iw‘ an­ted to say to her ‘all the best with your baby’ but I ended up say­ing ‘you’re so gor­geous, just beau­ti­ful’, it was so em­bar­rass­ing!’’

Pa­trice Wil­liams

The pho­to­graph of Meghan, Duchess of Sus­sex, which made head­lines, and also hap­pened to fea­ture daugh­ter and mother Pa­trice Wil­liams and Faye Pa­tel from Tau­riko.

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