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Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Fiji for three-day visit

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in the middle of their Pacific tour (PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Fiji for a three-day visit.

Meghan wore a dress by Australian label Zimmerman, a Stephen Jones hat, earrings which were a gift from the Queen and a bracelet which was a gift from the Prince of Wales.

She and Harry were met at Suva’s Nausori Airport by Melanie Hopkins, the High Commissioner and chief of protocol, Jonetani Tagivetaua.

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The pair disembarked their Qantas charter flight to light rain and 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 before Harry made his way to a dais on the runway.

Harry and Meghan observed a royal salute, and 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.

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

Later today they will attend an official welcome ceremony at Albert Park known as the Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, embodying Fijian cultural identity and heritage, echoing an event attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their Commonwealth tour in 1953.