British Royal Family

What can't she do? Duchess Meghan bakes banana bread for drought-stricken farmers

After a gruelling first day of the Royal Tour 2018, Meghan took to the kitchens of Admiralty House.

By Ruth Devine
Is there nothing the Duchess of Sussex can't do?
It's beginning to look that way! Not only has Meghan been non-stop on the go since she and Prince Harry touched down in Sydney at 6am on Monday morning while jet-lagged and pregnant but now she's turned her hand to... baking.
Despite the packed schedule, the pregnant duchess is beaming in Dubbo on Day 2 of the Royal Tour 2018. (Image: Getty)
Yep, you heard that right.
Megs, instead of putting her feet up and getting Prince Harry to rub the royal tootsies last night after a full day touring Sydney's Taronga Zoo and meeting crowds of well-wishers at the Opera House (in heels!) which frankly, no-one would have blamed her for, the Duchess took to the kitchens of Admiralty House to cook up a storm.
Knowing that Day 2 of the Royal Tour Down Under would include a trip to Dubbo and afternoon tea with a family of fifth-generation farmers, Megs baked a fresh loaf of banana bread to take with her as a gift.
The royal couple toured Mountain View farm, set 25km outside Dubbo and met with the current farmers, Elaine and Scott Woodley who farm the 3000 hectares with their daughter, Laura before revealing their surprise gift.
Royal correspondent for The Daily Mail Rebecca English, posted pictures of the tempting treat on Twitter, writing "Meghan's banana bread went down well! It has chocolate chips in and a bit of ginger (and I can personally attest to the fact that it is rather nice!)"
Not only did the culinary-gifted duchess bake her own present but she also thoughtfully brought along a canister of Royal Blend tea from posh London store Fortnum & Mason.
WATCH: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex tour a drought-stricken farm in Dubbo on Day 2 of the Royal Tour 2018.
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Before chatting with the Woodley family, Prince Harry and Meghan went on to a tea baked by the Wongarbon CWA where, whilst there were plenty of other goodies on display, all eyes were on Meghan's moist offering with slices disappearing quicker than anyone could say HRH!
The Duchess has 76 engagements over the course of the 16-day Royal Tour and according to Rebecca, is reported to be "running on adrenaline" but is "feeling pretty well so far" if not a bit tired.
Not that she was showing any signs of slowing down on a rainy day in Dubbo as Super Megs sheltered her husband as he gave an emotive speech telling the locals gathered there in the downpour that they were "as tough as they come" and "the backbone of this country".
The look on the Duchess of Sussex's face as Prince Harry spoke movingly of his time as a jackeroo in Queensland in 2003 and what he'd learnt in his time in Australia was of adoration and we doubt she even felt a drop as, despite her best efforts with the umbrella, raindrops marked her Serena Williams Collection checked jacket.
WATCH: Prince Harry's inspiring speech in the pouring rain
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Super Megs held the umbrella for Prince Harry as he made his speech in the downpour. (Image: Rex)
The look of love in the rain. (Image: Rex)
Who knows if after she's dried out from today's soggy and hectic pace, Meghan will feel like whipping up any other royal bakes.
Still, there's no harm in asking: While you've got your apron to hand, Duchess, please put us down for a caramel slice!