Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met a koala in Australia, and it was hilariously unimpressed

Dominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Harry and Meghan Markle met Rubi the koala in Australia’s Taronga Zoo on Tuesday.
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Australia’s Taronga Zoo as part of their first official royal tour.
  • They met a koala called Rubi, who seemed pretty unimpressed.
  • Rubi is the mother of two joeys, Harry and Meghan, who are named after the Duke and Duchess.
  • The couple also officially opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met a koala at Australia’s Taronga Zoo as part of their royal tour, and it seemed hilariously unimpressed with its royal visitors.

The koala, called Rubi, is the mother of two joeys, Harry and Meghan, who were named after the Duke and Duchess.

While Sydney’s streets were crowded with royal fans eager to get a glimpse of the couple, the koala didn’t seem to share their enthusiasm.

Meghan Markle Prince Harry Australia KoalaDominic Lipinski – Pool/Getty ImagesPrince Harry seemed excited to meet the koala.

The Daily Mail’s royal correspondent Rebecca English shared a video that showed the koala eating leaves with its back to the royal couple.

It was an echo of this moment in 2003, when Harry managed to get a bit closer to the animals during a four-month trip to the country after finishing school.

Prince Harry Sydney Zoo KoalaCharles McQuillan/Getty ImagesPrince Harry with koalas at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo in 2003.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were at the zoo on Tuesday to open the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning.

The couple were also introduced to a short-legged echidna, a spiky mammal from the region, called Lynx.

Harry appeared a bit worried about the animal, which was drooling, and asked “is that stress?”

Zoo staff reassured him that it was a sign he was “excited” to meet the couple.

The couple also met female conservation scientists working on efforts to reduce illegal wildlife trafficking.

The trip is part of their royal tour, where they will also visit Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand.

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