Meghan Markle, who’s currently touring Australia with her husband, Prince Harry, gave anglophiles another soundbite during a scheduled stop at a Melbourne government building Thursday afternoon (October 18). Per People, the duo got to wind down a bit from their go-go-go schedule thanks to a more casual reception in the building, which included a student science demonstration to encourage careers in the STEM field. Unfortunately for Markle, one of these demonstrations involved a mini Formula 1 car race that seemingly exploded in her face, spooking her. We, too, wouldn’t love that!
As you can see in the below, video, Markle had the honor of pressing the button to commence the race, only for a loud sound (and a bunch of steam) to encompass the room and scare her enough into moving backwards. Still, she let out a hearty laugh, indicating she was enjoying herself. “I did not expect that!” she exclaimed in response, prompting Harry to giggle loudly back at her. “Wasn’t quite expecting that,” he joked. People also reports that the students who built the demonstration asked Markle if she wanted to launch the cars again, but she declined. Prince Harry, meanwhile, was loving the design of the cars, and had several questions lined up for the students. “3D printing being put to good use,” he said. “That is fantastic.” To end their visit, the duo also got to test out their AFL football skills in the backyard, as they met with ambassadors from This Girl Can, an organization that encourages women to take up sports.
The couple’s Australian two-week tour has been going off without a hitch so far, with some of the other highlights being Markle baking banana bread for a local family, talking with lots of youngsters, and, of course, holding some iconic umbrellas.