Prince Harry and Meghan arrive at dawn for Australian tour with a ten-person entourage

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since getting married.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle arrived in the harbour city early on Monday morning. 

It had been thought the Royal couple arrived into Sydney on a British Airways flight but it was later confirmed the pair had flown in on a Qantas A380 from London via Singapore.   

The couple will have a low-key start to their Australian tour, with official duties not starting until Tuesday giving them time to rest after the long-haul flight.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) have arrived in Sydney for their first major royal tour since getting married

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) have arrived in Sydney for their first major royal tour since getting married

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) have arrived in Sydney for their first major royal tour since getting married

The itinerary for the couple's tour of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands

The itinerary for the couple's tour of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands

The itinerary for the couple’s tour of Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands

It had been thought the Royal couple arrived into Sydney on a British Airways flight but it was later confirmed the pair had flown in on a Qantas A380 from London via Singapore (stock image)

It had been thought the Royal couple arrived into Sydney on a British Airways flight but it was later confirmed the pair had flown in on a Qantas A380 from London via Singapore (stock image)

It had been thought the Royal couple arrived into Sydney on a British Airways flight but it was later confirmed the pair had flown in on a Qantas A380 from London via Singapore (stock image)

Harry and Meghan’s whirlwind tour 

Tuesday October 16: Sydney, Australia

Wednesday October 17: Dubbo, Australia

Thursday October 18: Melbourne, Australia

Friday October 19: Sydney, Australia

Saturday October 20: Sydney, Australia

Sunday October 21: Sydney, Australia

Monday October 22: Fraser Island, Australia

Tuesday October 23: Suva, Fiji

Wednesday October 24: Suva, Fiji

Thursday October 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Friday October 26: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia

Saturday October 27: Sydney, Australia

Sunday October 28: Wellington, New Zealand

Monday October 29: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Tuesday October 30: Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday October 31: Rotorua, New Zealand

A heavy police presence greeted the couple at Sydney Airport, ready to whisk the Royals away to Admiralty House, the Governor-General’s Sydney residence. 

They also had a ten-person entourage in tow.  

The pair will also visit Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, Melbourne and Fraser Island in Queensland on their Australian tour.

It is the Duchess of Sussex’s first visit to Australia.  

They will spend a week in the country and then on Tuesday, October 23 they will head to Fiji for two days and then on to Tonga before returning to Australia.

On Sunday, October 28 they will cross the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, visiting Wellington, the Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland and Rotorua before heading home on Wednesday, October 31. 

‘The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018,’ the palace said in a short statement when announcing the tour.  

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend 76 engagements across the four countries, including the Invictus Games in Sydney, which runs from October 20-28.

The couple's arrival in Australia comes just days after they attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

The couple's arrival in Australia comes just days after they attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

The couple’s arrival in Australia comes just days after they attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Police surrounded Sydney Airport for the arrival of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Monday morning 

Police surrounded Sydney Airport for the arrival of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Monday morning 

Police surrounded Sydney Airport for the arrival of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Monday morning 

Prince Harry founded the sporting event, which gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball, in 2014.

The couple will mark the games’ launch and closing ceremony. 

And to officially welcome the Invictus Games to the city, Prince Harry, prime minister Scott Morrison and athletes will scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge to plant the Invictus flag. 

Among the other highlights of their tour will be a visit to the world-renowned Taronga Zoo, in Sydney, where they will meet two koalas and their joeys. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the zoo with Prince George during their royal tour in 2014.

Elsewhere the couple will visit Australian farmers struck by drought. 

The couple’s arrival in Australia comes just days after they attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

More to come.  

 

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