As we can see Meghan and Prince Harry seem to be bypassing that tradition completely!
Prince Harry and Meghan visited the marae in Ohinemutu for a formal pōwhiri and lunch in their honour.
As she chatted happily with well-wishers - who showered Meghan and Prince Harry with gifts and happy returns - the sunlight shone through Meghan's outfit, giving fans a glimpse of her leg underneath.
The Duke embraced Māori culture this afternoon, speaking te reo and leading a waiata during the whaikorero process.
Prince Harry is the flawless gentleman as he holds his wife Meghan Markle's hand to make sure she doesn't slip.
The Duchess of Sussex wowed in a blue Givenchy ensemble which featured a gorgeous pleated skirt for a walkabout in Rotorua.
Two three-day-old kiwi chicks were presented to Harry and Meghan, and the soon-to-be parents were also able to meet a third chick, who had hatched moments before their arrival.
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Prince Harry then led a waiata himself, singing all of the words to Te Aroha in te reo.
He said: "Thank you for the handsome cloak you have so kindly gifted to myself and the Duchess".
While Meghan and Harry's love of holding hands and being affectionate in public has gotten a lot of attention, technically they haven't broken any rules.
Per royal correspondent Emily Andrews, Meghan "has asked to meet the Maori ladies who are making lunch & wants to cook with them".
Governor-General (Dame) Pasty Reddy welcomed the royals to her home and, as they stepped onto the grass in front of the colonial building, the Maori welcome or Powhiri began.