Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: How couple’s first tour may pay tribute to Princess Diana

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: How couple’s first tour may pay tribute to Princess Diana

PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle could follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana when they embark on their first royal tour together following their fairytale wedding last month.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be heading to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the United Kingdom of Tonga for their first tour as a married couple – two of the same locations that Harry’s father and late mother visited on their first trip together.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana shared a dance during a charity ball in Australia Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Charles and Princess Diana shared a dance during a charity ball in Australia Photo (C) GETTY

Harry and Meghan are paying tribute to Princess Diana, signified with the 36-year-old former US actress wearing her aquamarine ring for her wedding reception.

Here are some of stops the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could make in Australia and New Zealand:

Ayres Rock

Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as Harry’s brother William and his wife Kate Middleton, took some pictures in front of the iconic Ayres Rock.

This site is sacred to the indigenous people of Australia and started forming around 550 million years ago.

Aukland

Harry’s parents took time to learn about New Zealand’s history, stopping at Eden Park Stadium to greet a group of traditional Maori women to learn about their culture.

Princess Diana shared a traditional nose rub with one woman, a greeting Harry has undertaken in the past.

Thousands of fans gathered to greet the couple as they passed Sydney Opera House Photo (C) GETTY
Thousands of fans gathered to greet the couple as they passed Sydney Opera House Photo (C) GETTY

Maori canoe trip

The royal couple continued their cultural education of New Zealand by taking a ride in a traditional Maori canoe – something the newlyweds might also partake in – to celebrate the history of the South Pacific country.

Sydney Opera House

This is one of the most iconic attractions in the world, and thousands of royal fans gathered outside the unmissable building when the two royals passed through in their car.

There will likely be similar fanfare when Harry and Meghan visit, with fans hoping they decide to take in a performance at the opera house.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles took breathtaking pictures in front of Ayres Rock Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Diana and Prince Charles took breathtaking pictures in front of Ayres Rock Photo (C) GETTY

Royal walkabout

Princess Diana was renowned for connecting so closely with children on royal walkabouts.

Meghan has so far shown she has similar qualities, so royal watchers will be looking forward to getting up close to the couple when they head Down Under.

Leaving on a jet plane

Diana and Charles shared some memorable moments while boarding their planes during their trips to Australia and New Zealand.

This would be the first time we will see Harry and Meghan on a plane, waving to their many fans.

Carriage ride

The Prince and Princess of Wales took full advantage of enjoying all the experiences on their first tour together, which included riding a stagecoach through Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, Australia.

Royal watchers will be hoping that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who have already taken memorable carriage rides following their wedding and at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony – will make a similar trip.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first tour could pay tribute to Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first tour could pay tribute to Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY

Embracing young fans

Princess Diana was renowned for her love of children, and it seems Meghan has learnt from the best as she has embraced many on the royal visits she has been on.

Hitting the dance floor

Many will also be hoping to see Harry and Meghan hitting the dance floor during a state dinner while on their tour.

Charles and Diana showed off some of their best moves while at a charity ball in Australia.

War memorial visit

Away from the razzmatazz, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited a war memorial in Canberra.

It’s no secret that the health of war veterans is very close to Prince Harry’s heart, who visited the landmark in 2015, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the royal couple visit.

Australian polo

Prince Harry might follow in his father’s footsteps and try his hand at Australian polo.

Prince Charles kissed his late wife after a match

Source: EXPRESS CO UK