Royal couple’s rain ‘gift’

Prince Harry
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch aboriginal dances at Victoria Park in Dubbo on October 17. AFP

DUBBO, Australia -- Prince Harry and his expectant wife Meghan visited a drought-stricken region of Australia Wednesday, bringing a rare and welcome rainstorm with them.

The prince commended resilient farmers for persisting through years-long dry spells as he and the Duchess of Sussex received an enthusiastic welcome and one heart-warming hug on day two of their tour Down Under.

“The rain was a gift,” the prince quipped while addressing farmers in one of the country’s hardest-hit drought regions.

Throngs of locals brandishing cardboard cut-outs of the royals gathered in the outback town of Dubbo to get a glimpse of the pair, while others wore royal fancy dress and a local bar even specially brewed a beer dubbed “Dubbo Royale”.

“You are the salt of the earth. Honest, hard-working, and as tough as they come,” the prince told the Dubbo community gathered in a park as heavy rain fell.

“That resilience, sense of humor, and commitment to the land, are the qualities that make you unique, you are the backbone of this country,” he added, as Meghan held an umbrella over the pair.

Eastern Australia has been suffering through record-breaking dry periods, with some regions in and around Dubbo experiencing several years of drought.

Harry, who has spoken about his own mental health issues following the death of his mother, called on those affected by drought to ask for help.