"I can't imagine how it feels when your loved ones are away on active service over Christmas," Kate said at Kensington Palace.
"It is embarrassing and sad all at the same time,” he said of his father's and his other aunt's media statements.
The TV presenter said his experience with the woman who's now Duchess of Sussex was "not great".
"Thank you New Zealand for the most wonderful last week of our tour. It has been a privilege to meet so many friendly Kiwis."
The Duchess of Sussex has found a way to remain relatable and promote change, AUT lecturer Jessica Vredeburg tells Breakfast.
Like she did in Auckland the day before, Meghan gave a special hug to one young royal fan allowing her through the barricade.
They named them Koha, meaning gift and Tihei, from the Māori saying 'tihei mauriora' meaning 'the sneeze of life'.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a busy schedule on their fourth and final day touring New Zealand.
While there, the royals helped dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC).
The Brisbane based paper also headlined an article on the royals' arrival in Wellington: "NZ really nose how to welcome royal cuzzies".
The event, hosted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, included cultural performances and entertainment by members of the local Pasifika community.