Harry and Meghan head off to Fiji, Tonga

Harry and Meghan head off to Fiji, Tonga

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received a warm welcome in Fiji after touching down in Suva this afternoon.

School children in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghan's motorcade drove past. The royal couple observed a royal salute, with Meghan positioned a few metres behind Harry with the welcome party, as the national anthem was played and the red carpets on the tarmac blew off in the strong wind. Meghan has not announced any plans to reduce her schedule in Fiji. The Duchess is now touring the country and is expected to visit New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji in the coming weeks with her husband, Prince Harry.

Shortly after landing at the airport, Meghan and Harry went straight to Albert Park for an official welcome ceremony.

Afterwards, the couple were whisked away for their next engagement, a meeting with Fiji's President, Jioji Konrote.

The ceremony, known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, exactly mirrors one attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953, and involves a number of traditional elements of Fijian culture, including the presentation of the Tabua, a Kava ceremony and a dance known as the Meke.

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The royals were welcomed to Suva by local dignitaries

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a lunchtime reception hosted by the Prime Minister with Invictus Games competitors and community representatives in the city's central parkland, The Domain, in Sydney on 21 October, 2018.

"After a busy program, the Duke and Duchess have made a decision to cut back The Duchess's schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week-and-a-half of the tour", Kensington Palace said in a statement reported by Australia's SBS news.

They are due to jet off to New Zealand on Sunday for the last stops on their 16-day tour.

Prince Harry took a barge for the 43-mile (70-kilometer) crossing from Australia's mainland to the island, while the former American actress Meghan rode in a far more comfortable cruiser.

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