‘Princess Diana would be proud’ Fiji President pays tribute to Harry’s late mother on tour
PRINCESS Diana’s legacy was honoured by President of Fiji Jioji Konrote, who paid tribute to the late royal in a touching speech while Meghan and Prince Harry attended a dinner reception in Fiji.
Meghan and Harry touched down in Suva, the capital of Fiji earlier today, delighting royal fans as they attended an evening dinner and reception hosted by President Konrote at the Grand Pacific Hotel.
Meghan stunned in a flowing full-length dress by Safiyaa, and was seen clutching her baby bump as she entered the venue with her husband Prince Harry.
Harry looked dashing in a black suit and bow tie, holding his wife’s hand as they made their way into the dining hall.
During his speech, the President of Fiji Jioji Konrote paid tribute to Harry’s late mother Diana.
He said he was sure she would be “proud of the man” Harry had become and that he had found happiness and love with Meghan.
Harry described his experience on the island as “nostalgic”, and said how he and Meghan were “overwhelmed” by the warm welcome they received.
The father-to-be said in his speech: “It is a great pleasure for Meghan and me to be your guests here tonight on our first visit to Fiji.
“We were overwhelmed by the warm Fijian welcome we received from the people of these beautiful islands this afternoon in Albert Park, and all the way from the airport.”
Harry said the UK and Fiji share “Commonwealth values and goals” as well as a fondness for rugby and a sense of humour.
Harry added: ”All over the world Fiji is renowned for its incredible natural beauty and hospitality.
“We, as a couple, feel very lucky to be spending part of our tour as your guests.
“Fiji is a proud and vibrant culture whose people are so gentle but proud, honourable and resourceful.
“Your country has demonstrated its fortitude and resilience by rebuilding your communities following the devastating Cyclone Winston two years ago.
“You continue to smile, you continue to have hope, and you continue to share what you have with others.”
“It really is a privilege to be here.”
Hundreds of royal fans lined up Suva’s streets to greet the royal couple, after they touched down in Fiji earlier today, continuing their 16-day royal tour.
Meghan donned a sophisticated long-sleeved cream dress by Zimmerman and a matching Stephen Hones hat, finishing her look off with a dazzling pair of earrings gifted to her by The Queen and a intricate bracelet from Prince Charles.
Harry sent royal fans into a frenzy, after he greeted them hello in Fiji, saying “Bula venaka!” and subsequently, “Vinaka vakalevu” which means “Thank you very much”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat on a raised podium for a traditional welcome ceremony, as they enjoyed performances from members of the local community while Harry sampled Kuva, a local drink.
The royals waved to adoring fans from the Grand Pacific Hotel’s rooftop balcony, the same spot where the Queen and Prince Philip greeted the public in their 1953 visit to Fiji.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK