Prince Harry and Meghan leave Australia as they head to Fiji to continue their royal tour

 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Fiji on the next leg of their marathon Commonwealth tour.

The royal couple travelled by charter flight from Australia to the capital Suva, embarking in casual shirts and jeans and stepping off the Qantas plane in more formal attire.  

Meghan Markle wore a dress by Australian label Zimmerman, a Stephen Jones hat, earrings which were a gift from the Queen, worn in Chester at their recent joint engagement there, and a bracelet which was a gift from the Prince of Wales. 

The couple will spend four days in the South Pacific on behalf of the Queen, travelling on to Tonga later in the week.

But there are questions over the palace’s wisdom of allowing the pregnant Duchess to continue with the trip as there is a moderate Zika risk in the region.

The mosquito-born disease can cause series defects in unborn foetuses and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise expectant mothers not to travel there.

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A glamorous Meghan Markle arrived in Fiji wearing a dress by Australian label Zimmerman, a Stephen Jones hat, earrings which were a gift from the Queen, worn in Chester at their recent joint engagement there, and a bracelet which was a gift from the Prince of Wales

A glamorous Meghan Markle arrived in Fiji wearing a dress by Australian label Zimmerman, a Stephen Jones hat, earrings which were a gift from the Queen, worn in Chester at their recent joint engagement there, and a bracelet which was a gift from the Prince of Wales

A glamorous Meghan Markle arrived in Fiji wearing a dress by Australian label Zimmerman, a Stephen Jones hat, earrings which were a gift from the Queen, worn in Chester at their recent joint engagement there, and a bracelet which was a gift from the Prince of Wales

The Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by a flower girl from the chiefly island of Bau, the island home of Ratu Apensia Cakobau, who ceded Fiji to Britain in 1874. The Queen previously visited Bau in 1982

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji after travelling on a Qantas charter flight from Queensland's Hervey Bay

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji after travelling on a Qantas charter flight from Queensland's Hervey Bay

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji after travelling on a Qantas charter flight from Queensland’s Hervey Bay

The red carpet was rolled out when Meghan and Prince Harry touched down at the airport having flown in from Australia

The red carpet was rolled out when Meghan and Prince Harry touched down at the airport having flown in from Australia

The red carpet was rolled out when Meghan and Prince Harry touched down at the airport having flown in from Australia

The royal couple disembarked from their Qantas charter flight in light rain and strong winds, forcing the Duchess to hold on to her hat

The royal couple disembarked from their Qantas charter flight in light rain and strong winds, forcing the Duchess to hold on to her hat

The royal couple disembarked from their Qantas charter flight in light rain and strong winds, forcing the Duchess to hold on to her hat

Prince Harry inspects the Guard of Honour which greeted him and his wife Meghan Markle at Fiji's Suva airport on Tuesday afternoon 

Prince Harry inspects the Guard of Honour which greeted him and his wife Meghan Markle at Fiji's Suva airport on Tuesday afternoon 

Prince Harry inspects the Guard of Honour which greeted him and his wife Meghan Markle at Fiji’s Suva airport on Tuesday afternoon 

Well-wishers stood in the rain along the streets and waved as Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Suva, Fiji

Well-wishers stood in the rain along the streets and waved as Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Suva, Fiji

Well-wishers stood in the rain along the streets and waved as Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Suva, Fiji

But Kensington Place insist that the couple have taken medical advice and are happy for Meghan, who is around 12-14 weeks pregnant, to continue with her trip. 

After disembarking from their Qantas charter flight in light rain and strong winds, forcing the Duchess to hold on to her hat, the couple were introduced to the Hon Frank Bainamara, Fiji’s Prime Minister and his wife, Maria, Ro Teimumu Kepa, leader of the opposition, Alessandro Truppia, the High Commissioner’s wife and Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, commander of the RFMF.

The Duchess was presented with a bouquet of flowers by a flower girl from the chiefly island of Bau, the island home of Ratu Apensia Cakobau, who ceded Fiji to Britain in 1874 – Queen previously visited Bau in 1982 – before Prince Harry made his way to a dais on the runway.

Prince Harry and Meghan observed a royal salute, Meghan positioned a few metres behind him with the welcome party, as the national anthem was played and the red carpets on the tarmac blew off in the strong wind.

The Duke was then invited to inspect the guard of honour before Harry and Meghan left for their next engagement, a meeting with Fiji’s President, Jioji Konrote at Borron House.

As the couple’s convoy left the airport, hundreds of wellwishers had lined the road out of the airport, waving flags and cheering.

From Borron House, The Duke and Duchess will attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre’s Albert Park.

The ceremony, known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, embodies Fijian cultural identity and heritage and will mirror in format that of the one attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Fiji in 1953.

It will involve a number of traditional elements of Fijian culture, including the presentation of the Tabua and a Kava ceremony.

A traditional dance, known as the Meke, will also be performed by members of the Nakelo village. 

Kava is thee national drink of Fiji and is consumed with great ceremony.

It is made from a pepper plant (piper methysticum), pounded into fine powder and then mixed into fresh water.     

Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of onlookers before boarding a plane at Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning 

Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of onlookers before boarding a plane at Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning 

Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of onlookers before boarding a plane at Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning 

Prince Harry also gave a wave as he walked across the tarmac towards the awaiting Qantas aircraft which flew the royal couple to Fiji

Prince Harry also gave a wave as he walked across the tarmac towards the awaiting Qantas aircraft which flew the royal couple to Fiji

Prince Harry also gave a wave as he walked across the tarmac towards the awaiting Qantas aircraft which flew the royal couple to Fiji

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been enjoying a whirlwind 16 day tour of Australia, New Zealand,and Fiji. As they are spotted seeing beautiful sights, local performances and meeting with many fans from the commonwealth.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at Queensland's Hervey Bay Airport

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at Queensland's Hervey Bay Airport

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pictured boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at Queensland’s Hervey Bay Airport

Meghan (pictured) and her husband Prince Harry are visiting Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple 

Meghan (pictured) and her husband Prince Harry are visiting Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple 

Meghan (pictured) and her husband Prince Harry are visiting Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple 

The royal couple are spending three days in Fiji, where it is expected they will attend several engagements together despite the Duchess scaling back her royal duties in Australia 

The royal couple are spending three days in Fiji, where it is expected they will attend several engagements together despite the Duchess scaling back her royal duties in Australia 

The royal couple are spending three days in Fiji, where it is expected they will attend several engagements together despite the Duchess scaling back her royal duties in Australia 

Queensland was the fourth stop on the royal couple's Australian visit, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, and Melbourne 

Queensland was the fourth stop on the royal couple's Australian visit, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, and Melbourne 

Queensland was the fourth stop on the royal couple’s Australian visit, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, and Melbourne 

The result looks a bit like muddy rainwater and has slightly bitter taste.

It is also said to have a mild sedative effect, meaning it is unlikely the pregnant Duchess will be able to take a sip, leaving the honours to her husband. 

The Duke and Duchess will then leave Albert Park for the Grand Pacific Hotel, where they will be staying for the two nights they are in Fiji.

Following in the footsteps of the Queen, they will acknowledge members of the public gathered around Albert Park from the balcony of the hotel.

On Tuesday night, they will attend a reception and State Dinner hosted by the President of Fiji, at which Harry will speak.

It will be the most glamorous event the couple have so far attended during their 16-day tour. 

On Wednesday, His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial and meet a number of Fijian war veterans, some of whom served with the British Armed Forces.

The royal couple will then visit the University of the South Pacific campus in Suva.

From here, their program will split.

Meghan was seen holding her baby bump as she and husband Prince Harry walked along a wharf in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island 

Meghan was seen holding her baby bump as she and husband Prince Harry walked along a wharf in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island 

Meghan was seen holding her baby bump as she and husband Prince Harry walked along a wharf in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island 

The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and The Duchess to the British High Commissioner’s Residence, before she heads to Suva Market.

On Thursday, the royal couple will travel to the city of Nadi in Western Fiji, where they will attend a special event at Nadi Airport. 

After an official welcome ceremony, The Duke and Duchess will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba. 

From Nadi Airport, Their Royal Highnesses will take a chartered flight to Tonga. 

In Tonga’s Nuku’alofa, the pair will visit the St George Building for a call on the Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva and members of the cabinet.

From there, they will attend an exhibition with The Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre and then travel to Tupou College. 

The Duke and Duchess later travel to The Royal Palace for an official farewell with The King before heading back to Sydney for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. 

The couple are expected to attract huge crowds during their time in Fiji and Tonga but some are criticising the timing of the visit to Fiji, which comes less than three weeks before the country’s elections. 

Robin Nair, who was Fiji’s foreign affairs permanent secretary until he resigned last year, says he is concerned Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will take ‘full advantage’ of the royal couple’s widespread publicity. 

‘Fijians love the Royals… and the Government knows that there will be great euphoria and joy created by the visit,’ Mr Nair said in a statement provided to the ABC.

He said he is concerned the incumbent prime minister will use photo opportunities with Harry and Meghan to paint himself in a positive light.

Another outspoken former government official, Shailendra G Raju, condemned the visit in a Facebook post.

In a letter addressed to the UK High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Raju called for the visit to be ‘postponed to a mutually convenient and more appropriate time’. 

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