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Duchess of Sussex enjoys touching moment, as young girl hands her flowers during visit to Auckland charity

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have joined Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Manukau, Auckland for a visit to Pillars, a nationwide charity which supports children who have a parent in prison by providing special mentoring schemes and in-home support.

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Pillars supports children that have a parent in prison. Source: 1 NEWS

As a wedding present to the royals, who wed in May, the New Zealand government gifted $5000 to the charity.

The couple had requested that donations be made to charity in lieu of wedding gifts.

Today, Prince Harry and Meghan got the opportunity to visit the children who have directly benefited from the extra funding.

The Duchess was handed a bunch of flowers by young girl dressed in a white dress.

Meghan is dressed in a soft pink Brandon Maxwell dress and Burberry jacket, while Prince Harry is in a sharp blue suit.

The couple, seated next to Ms Ardern, joined a private sit-down conversation with Pillars children, Pillars patron Sir Pita Sharples and Pillars founder Verna McFelin.

Pillars, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, is the only New Zealand charity dedicated to supporting children of prisoners.

Earlier in the day, the royals unveiled the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy on the North Shore, before taking part in a gumboot throwing contest with children from the 'Trees in Survival' group.