Watch a delighted Meghan Markle beat Prince Harry at classic Kiwi gumboot throwing competition

Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan gamely took on a kiwi backyard classic today, throwing gumboots with local school children in Redvale, on Auckland’s North Shore.

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The royals joined children from the ‘Trees in Survival’ group for the competition. Source: 1 NEWS

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex compete in a gumboot throwing competition with school children on Auckland's North Shore. Source: Kensington Palace

Amid loud cheers from their peers, the Pinehill School students tossed brightly coloured gummies through the air with the royal couple.

Prince Harry took his shot with a spotted blue boot. Meghan followed with a red one, taking out first place with a toss that saw her boot landing about a metre from her husbands.

As well as a gumboot shaped trophy the Duke and Duchess were gifted a set of green and black infant sized gumboots.

The royal couple were in Redvale to unveil a plaque dedicating 20 hectares of native bush to the Queens’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).

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The Duke of Sussex was joined by a Pinehill School student to plant a puriri tree in Redvale, North Shore. Source: 1 NEWS

The project was established in 2015 to protect forests in all of the 53 countries that make up the commonwealth.

The Duke remarked on the initiative saying, "as I learnt in the car there are no incentives (for joining the QCC)."

Farmers are getting on board because they want to preserve the natural environment.

New Zealand was one the first counties to join the network of forest conservation projects.