Resident Kylie Redden was among the lucky few to enjoy a chance encounter with the Royal couple, after detouring to Taronga on her morning walk.
“I was surprised that the zoo wasn’t closed to the public, so a friend and I headed inside to have a peek, not for a moment expecting what was about to happen,” she said.
“Quite by chance we noticed that the Sky Safari had a sign up saying it was closed – and then the penny dropped.
“We had a pretty strong idea that Harry and Meghan would leave the zoo via the gondola, so we just waited around – and got lucky!”
Kylie said a small group of onlookers gathered, including tradesmen and gardeners working at the zoo – and then a man arrived carrying a bouquet of flowers, hoping to give them to the Duchess.
“When the man with the flowers turned up, another lady ran into the Taronga shop and bought an Australian wildlife book. And because there were a couple of gifts, the Royal minders came over to collect them,” she said.
“The next minute, Harry and Meghan were walking towards the gondola and then they made eye contact with us.