A right royal day out
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!’’
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.