The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent their final day in Australia focussed on The Invictus Games ! Harry and Meghan attended this afternoon the Wheelchair Basketball Finals between the Netherlands and the USA. Instead of sitting in their reserved area, they decided to sit in the bleachers with the rest of the crowd. Meghan got to hand the gold medals to her home country as the USA team won the finals. Though one Dutch player managed to steal a kiss from the Duchess upon getting his medal.VIDEO – VIDEO
In the evening, the couple attended the closing ceremony at the Qudos Bank Arena. The Duchess got to make a speech about what she witnessed during the Games, what the Games stand for. Meghan mentioned her 2014 USO tour, where she decided to spend her holidays touring army bases in countries such as Italy, Spain or Turkey to spread the holiday cheer with the soldiers. I suggest you listen to it, it’s worth it. MEGHAN’S SPEECH
Harry and Meghan are back in Sydney ! Following their visit to Tonga, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back in town for the final day of the Invictus Games. Tomorrow they will attend the wheelchair basketball finals in the afternoon, and the closing ceremony in the evening.
Before that, the couple attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards. The Duchess presented the Young Conservationist of the Year award to Sophia Skarparis, who worked on a campaign to ban plastic bags in New South Wales. Prince Harry accepted an award on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and made a speech. Afterwards the couple met with the winners.
The 2nd day of the Royal Tour in Fiji began early for Harry & Meghan. In the morning, after Harry’s engement at the War Memorial, Meghan joined her husband (both dressed in Fijian clothing to honour the culture) at the University of The South Pacific. They met with students, as well as one Queen’s Young Leader Elisha Azeemah Bano. Harry and Meghan were offered flower garlands upon their arrival. This engagement marks Meghan’s first official speech as a member of the Royal Family, her ‘Together’ speech back in September was to say thank you. You can watch the speech below and read it here.
Following this engagement, Harry & Meghan went on solo engagements. The Duchess attended a morning tea reception at the British High Commissioner’s Residence. She got to help make a traditional Fijian dish named Lote, made from smoked breadfruit. She also met leader advocates and heard more about UN Women’s project ‘Markets for Change’, a project for women’s empowerment in marketplaces throughout the Pacific. VIDEO
The Duchess ended her day of engagements at Suva Market, where she met female vendors who became empowered by the ‘Market for Change’ project and help promote it. Unfortunately, because of security risks, the engagement had to be ended earlier than expected. VIDEO
The Royal visit of Australia ended with the couple’s visit to Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the biggest sand land in the world. While it had been announced that Meghan was not going to carry out the previously announced engagements as she needed rest, she decided to join her husband Harry on the last enagement of the day, a walkabout in Kingfisher Bay Jetty. They greeted well-wishers and enjoyed some time together. The couple is now on their wai to Fiji for a three-day visit.
Harry and Meghan have arrived in Sydney early morning on October 15th on a Qantas commercial plane (although the Royal Family tends to favor British Airways). They were photographed while getting to their awaiting car. The couple will stay at Admiralty House during the visit, and will begin their engagements tomorrow there. (Image Source: The Sun, The Mirror)
The Duchess of Sussex, born Rachel Meghan Markle, married Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. The couple's official residence is Kensington Palace. As well as undertaking royal duties in support of The Queen, both in the UK and overseas, The Duchess devotes her time to supporting a number of charities and organisations.
From a young age, The Duchess had a keen awareness of social issues and actively participated in charitable work. Aged 11 she successfully campaigned for a company to alter their television advert that had used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid. Her Royal Highness also volunteered at a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles from the age of 13-17. She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.
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The Duchess of Sussex's Patronages & Work
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is the Patrons’ primary charitable vehicle, and hopes to become a leading philanthropic investor, effectively using its time and resources to create lasting change in targeted areas and geographies, based on need and on the interests of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring for everyone and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible.
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Smart Works helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.
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