Prince Harry and Meghan leave Australia as they head to Fiji

Island bound! Prince Harry and Meghan fly out of Australia as they head to Fiji to continue their royal tour

  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are flying to Fiji on Tuesday as their mammoth 16-day royal tour continues  
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle boarded a plane at Queensland’s Hervey Bay Airport bound for Fiji’s Suva  
  • The royal couple will spend three days visiting Fiji before heading on to Tonga and then back to Australia
  • When they touch down in Fiji, Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have flown out of Australia, bound for Fiji, as they continue their first royal tour as a married couple.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived back from Fraser Island on Tuesday morning after spending the previous day staying at a luxury resort on the Queensland island.

The royal couple were then driven to Hervey Bay Airport, where they waved to a crowd of onlookers before stepping on-board a Qantas plane.   

On arrival in Fiji, Their Royal Highnesses will be greeted by a Guard of Honour at Suva airport, before calling on the country’s President at Borron House.

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Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of onlookers before boarding a plane at Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning 

Prince Harry also gave a wave as he walked across the tarmac towards the awaiting Qantas aircraft which is flying the royal couple to Fiji

Meghan (pictured) and her husband Prince Harry are visiting Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at Queensland’s Hervey Bay Airport

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    Pregnant Meghan’s Australian schedule was scaled back on Sunday and Monday but the Duchess is expected to be by her husband’s side at all their planned engagements in Fiji and Tonga, according to media reports.

    The Duchess is visit the Pacific Island nations despite fears over the Zika virus, going against travel advice that pregnant women should consider not travelling to the countries because of the ‘moderate risk’ of catching the tropical disease.

    But Kensington Palace said the couple had sought medical advice and decided to continue with their plans, with no change expected to their itinerary. 

    After their visit to Borron House, The Duke and Duchess will then attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre’s Albert Park.


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    From there, the royal couple will leave Albert Park for the Grand Pacific Hotel to attend a reception and a State Dinner hosted by Fiji’s President, where Prince Harry will give a speech.

    On Wednesday, His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial and meet a number of Fijian war veterans, some of whom served with the British Armed Forces. 

    The royal couple will then visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva. 

    From here, their program will split. 

    The royal couple are spending three days in Fiji, where it is expected they will attend several engagements together despite the Duchess scaling back her royal duties in Australia 

    Queensland was the fourth stop on the royal couple’s Australian visit, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, and Melbourne 

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) are heading to Fiji after spending Monday visiting Queensland’s Fraser Island

    Prince Harry is greeted by adoring fans after arriving back from Fraser Island on Tuesday morning 

    Meghan was seen holding her baby bump as she and husband Prince Harry walked along a wharf in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island 

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      The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence, before she heads to Suva Market.

      On Thursday, the royal couple will travel to the city of Nadi in Western Fiji, where they will attend a special event at Nadi Airport. 

      After an official welcome ceremony, The Duke and Duchess will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba. 

      From Nadi Airport, Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga. 

      In Tonga’s Nuku’alofa, the pair will visit the St George Building for a call on the Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and members of the cabinet.

      From there, they will attend an exhibition with The Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre and then travel to Tupou College. 

      The Duke and Duchess later travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before heading back to Sydney for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. 

      The couple are expected to attract huge crowds during their time in Fiji and Tonga but some are criticising the timing of the visit to Fiji, which comes less than three weeks before the country’s elections. 

      Robin Nair, who was Fiji’s foreign affairs permanent secretary until he resigned last year, says he is concerned Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will take ‘full advantage’ of the royal couple’s widespread publicity. 

      ‘Fijians love the Royals… and the Government knows that there will be great euphoria and joy created by the visit,’ Mr Nair said in a statement provided to the ABC.

      He said he is concerned the incumbent prime minister will use photo opportunities with Harry and Meghan to paint himself in a positive light.

      Another outspoken former government official, Shailendra G Raju, condemned the visit in a Facebook post.

      In a letter addressed to the UK High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Raju called for the visit to be ‘postponed to a mutually convenient and more appropriate time’. 

       

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