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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Fiji – Day 3: Nadi

The Royal Visit of Fiji has come to an end. This morning, Harry and Meghan left Suva for Nadi, and were officially welcomed at Nadi Airport just like they were welcomed in Albert Park the day before. Following the ceremony, Harry unveiled the statue of Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier in the SAS who died in the Battle of Mirbat in 1972. A statue of him had already been unveiled in 2009 at the SAS Headquarters in Herefordshire, England. The Duke and Duchess then departed Nadi for The Kindgom of Tonga. VIDEOVIDEO

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Fiji – Day 2: Suva

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

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Fiji – Day 1: Suva

Harry & Meghan have landed in Suva, Fiji for the second leg of their Royal Tour. The couple departed Fraser Island in early afternoon and were greeted by a Guarde of Honour upon their arrival at Nausori Airport. Meghan watched as Harry inspected the guards. VIDEO

The Duke & Duchess then went to Borron House, where they met with The President of Fiji, Major-General (retired) Jioji Kontrote and his wife Sarote Faga Konrote. The Duchess received a beautiful pearl necklace as a gift. VIDEO

Harry and Meghan were officially welcomed into the country with a traditional ceremony at Albert Park. More than 15.000 people joined the Royals in the park, and apparently didn’t mind the rain. As per tradition, the ceremony, known as Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, focuses on Fijian heritage and cultural identity and was done in complete silence. Harry drank a beverage called Kava, a non-alcoholic drink made with herbs to treat anxiety. VIDEO

The Duke & Duchess then reached the Grand Pacific Hotel, where they will be staying during their visit to Fiji. They appeared on the balcony, exactly like Harry’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip did in 1953 when they visited Fiji. A massive crowd gathered in front of the hotel to get a glimpse of Harry and Meghan. VIDEO

Finally, in the evening, The Duke & Duchess attended a State Reception and Dinner hosted by The President of Fiji at the Grand Pacific Hotel. They talked with the guests, Meghan couldn’t stop giving Baby Sussex some attention. During the dinner, Harry made a speech, which you can see here: VIDEO.

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 7: Fraser Island

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.

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia – Day 6: Sydney

The Duke & Duchess spent their last day in Sydney in activities involving the Invictus Games. Meghan was supposed to join Harry in the morning to watch the Road Cycling Trials, but because the Opening Ceremony lasted two hours longer than expected, the Duchess felt the need to cut back on some engagements and rest. Let’s not forget she is pregnant after all ! Kensington Palace have also confirmed that while she will join Harry at Fraser Island tomorrow, she will not take part in the engagements, meaning she will resume her activites in Fiji.

Still, Meghan and Harry attended a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at The Pavillion Restaurant. They were joined by Invictus Games competitors and got to meet young children. VIDEO

In the afternoon, the couple attended the sailing trials at Farm Corve, on Sydney Harbour. The Duke & Duchess took some time to meet the competitors and looked like they had a really good time ! VIDEO

Finally, in the evening, the couple attended a reception at Government House for the Invictus Games Foundation. Competitors and their family were in attendance.

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex will return to Sydney on October 27 to attend the Wheelchair Basketball Finals and the Closing Ceremony.

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