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Britain’s Prince Charles meets New Zealand leader, public

Prince Charles met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and later joined wife Camilla to greet people along the Auckland waterfront.

The heir apparent to the British throne and the Duchess of Cornwall were on the third day of a weeklong trip to New Zealand on Tuesday.

Ardern said earlier that she expected to talk with the prince about his interest in helping young people fulfil their potential and about New Zealand’s environmental work, including plans to plant 1 billion trees.

Britain's Prince Charles shakes hands with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are on a weeklong trip, during which they plan to visit the city of Christchurch and the historic treaty grounds at Waitangi, where the nation's founding document was signed. (Patrice AllenPool Photo via AP)

Asked by reporters if she would talk about the future role of the monarchy in New Zealand, Ardern said she’d never discussed that with any members of the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth II remains New Zealand’s constitutional head of state, although these days it’s largely a ceremonial role.

Britain's Prince Charles, second left, and his wife Camilla, center, greet members of the public during a walk at Viaduct Harbour in Auckland during their royal visit to New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The visit is part of a week-long tour of the country which also takes in Christchurch and Kaikoura. (David RowlandPool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prince Charles greets members of the public during a walk at Viaduct Harbour in Auckland during their royal visit to New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The visit is part of a week-long tour of the country which also takes in Christchurch and Kaikoura. (David RowlandPool Photo via AP)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, left, greets members of the public during a walk at Viaduct Harbour in Auckland during their royal visit to New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The visit is part of a week-long tour of the country which also takes in Christchurch and Kaikoura. (David RowlandPool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prince Charles, fifth left, and his wife Camilla, center, pose for a photo with the America's Cup and members of Team New Zealand during a public walk at Viaduct Harbour in Auckland during their royal visit to New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The visit is part of a week-long tour of the country which also takes in Christchurch and Kaikoura. (David RowlandPool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prince Charles talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are on a weeklong trip, during which they plan to visit the city of Christchurch and the historic treaty grounds at Waitangi, where the nation's founding document was signed. (Patrice AllenPool Photo via AP)

Britain's Prince Charles talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are on a weeklong trip, during which they plan to visit the city of Christchurch and the historic treaty grounds at Waitangi, where the nation's founding document was signed.(Patrice AllenPool Photo via AP)