Meghan Markle's Fiji market visit cut short amid apparent security concerns

Deanna Kelley
October 24, 2018

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets from the airport to greet the Royal couple, waving flags and cheering.

These were the words of the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry while speaking at the State Dinner and Reception hosted by the President Jioji Konrote last night at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The royals have been touring Australia for the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event founded by Harry for wounded ex-service personnel, which is now under way in Sydney.

Day seven saw the Duke and Duchess visit the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, in sunny, warm Queensland.

Recently, Prince Harry flew solo while attending a number of events at this year's Invictus Games in Sydney, after the pregnant Duchess chose to cut back on some of the tour's many engagements out of caution for her health, according to multiple reports.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived in Fiji today and were given a traditional welcome with an official ceremony.

Prince Harry appeared lost for words momentarily, before giving a speech about the Queens Commonwealth Canopy.

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Kensington Palace says that though Meghan is not suffering from morning sickness, she was advised to skip the forest trip because of the bumpy trek there.

The couple, who flew from Hervey Bay, Australia, in a charter plane, will spend three days in the country, "experiencing the rich Fijian culture and generous hospitality", the palace said.

Markle and Harry are now on their first worldwide tour together and arrived in Fiji on Tuesday.

During a stop in Australia this week, a fan yelled to the Duke, "I hope it's a girl!" The couple will then finish their tour with a four-day visit to New Zealand.

Meghan and Harry will have carried out about 76 engagements across their 16-day tour by the time it ends.

This is just the latest way the Duchess of Sussex has honored the Queen.

Meghan followed medical advice to cover up and minimise the risk of Zika infection, donning a long-sleeved white dress with a matching hat.

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