Meghan Markle beams as she arrives in Sydney for first royal tour with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle beamed with delighted as she arrived in Australia’s Sydney alongside her husband Prince Harry for their first royal tour as a married couple.
The royal couple arrived in the harbour city hand in hand on Monday morning (local time) as part of their 16-day tour of Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand between Tuesday, October 16 and 31.
Meghan Markle and Harry reportedly flew in on a Qantas A380 from London via Singapore.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by crowds of cheering fans as they left the plane.
Meghan, 37, looked effortlessly chic in a black turtle-neck and maroon scarf as she smiled and waved at fans.
They were said to have been greeted by a heavy police presence at Sydney Airport before making their way to Admiralty House, the Governor-General’s Sydney residence.
Meghan and Prince Harry’s official duties do not start until Tuesday, so the couple have a low-key start to their busy tour.
It comes after the pair attended Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie’s Royal Wedding on Friday, with celebrations continuing over the weekend.
Starting on Tuesday, Harry and Meghan Markle will take part in 76 engagements over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region.
The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which run from October 20 to October 28.
The sporting event – founded by Prince Harry in 2014 – gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
After landing in Sydney, the duke and duchess will travel to Dubbo and Melbourne, before spending three days in Sydney from October 19-21 to mark the launch of the games. They will return for the closing ceremony.
After Australia, the couple will fly to Fiji, where they will be greeted with an arrival ceremony similar to one attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.
In Fiji, Prince Harry will pay tribute to Fijian war veterans and the couple will attend a state dinner, before flying to Tonga.
The tour will conclude with a four-day trip to New Zealand, where they will be greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
The duke and duchess will learn about environmental challenges while in Wellington, visit a charity which supports children with parents in prison, and meet members of the public in Auckland and Rotura.
Harry and Meghan will return to London from Auckland on November 1.
Kensington Palace said: “There is a long history of friendship between the Royal Family and Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and their links with the UK are extensive.
“The duke and duchess are very much looking forward to experiencing the unique cultures and customs of those four Commonwealth countries and have asked that this tour allow them opportunities to meet as many Australians, Fijians, Tongans, and New Zealanders as possible.
Harry and Meghan’s sojourn in the southern hemisphere will be more brief but will see the couple retracing parts of the path once trod by his father and mother.
The couple will also visit Bondi Beach, where they will meet a local surfing community group which raises awareness for mental health and wellbeing.
In New Zealand, Harry and Meghan will tour the capital Wellington and visit Auckland and then Rotorua, which is famed for its Maori culture, and then head to Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island.
Similarly, Charles and Diana took in the traditional Maori culture 25 years ago in Auckland and the Bay of Islands, where the couple were rowed into the area in a traditional canoe.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Harry’s brother and sister-in-law – came to Australia and New Zealand with a young Prince George in 2014 for an 18-day visit.
William and his wife were invited by the governments of the two countries and took part in a commemoration of Anzac Day as well as heading to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, where Harry and Meghan are also scheduled to visit.
While at the zoo, William, Kate and George saw a bilby enclosure which contained a marsupial named after the youngest royal on the tour.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK