Forget meetings with the Governor-General, stuffy luncheons, and endless glad-handing: the correct way to welcome The Duke Of Sussex to Australia is to give his ginger beard a good ol’ scratch.

Footage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle greeting school kids from the Dubbo area shows young champion Luke Vincent, 5, sidle right up to the prince and launch into a full-on bear hug.

The little fella, a student at Buninyong Public School, then took the rare opportunity to give Prince Harry’s beard a thorough tousle. As you do.

Turning to Markle, Luke delivered a wee bouquet, along with another hug for the mother-to-be. He obviously had a thing for Haz, though, as he turned back around for one final cuddle with the bloke.

Seriously, look.

This Footage Of A Dubbo Kid Cuddling Prince Harry Might Turn You Monarchist
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The royal couple visited a Royal Flying Doctor Service facility to get some key intel about the vital service – which may have been pretty nifty for Prince Harry, who served as a helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps – before touring a farm impacted by the ongoing drought.

This arvo, the duo are slated to appear in Dubbo’s Victoria Park, where Prince Harry will deliver an address. But let’s be honest, here: Luke was the definite highlight. Scratch away, muchacho.

Source: The Canberra TImes
Image: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire