If you were on a stunning tropical island in Oceania, would you want to spend your entire visit meeting dignitaries, attending countless engagements and telling onlookers over and over how excited you are to have the world speculate about your pregnancy? Probably not. Meghan and Harry have been nothing but professional throughout the first week and a half of their Royal Tour Down Under, but even royals deserve a little time to themselves!
So after Day Nine’s official engagements, the couple jetted off to a private Fijian island for a little break. They reportedly spent the night on the “paradise” island of Vatuvara which was described by Forbes as “one of the world’s most beautiful places.”
The country’s tourism minister confirmed the location and said: ‘Like all Fijian islands it is like paradise.’— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) October 24, 2018
In the morning, the royals returned to civilization for the unveiling of a statue along with Fiji Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, in the city of Nadi in Western Fiji. The statue honours British-Fijian war hero Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba who died in the Battle of Mirbat in 1972.
Meghan ditched her flowy maxi dresses (which have been incredible btw) and opted for a return to her sleek pre-tour look over the course of the day. For the ceremony, she wore a peacock green Jason Wu number which, naturally, sold out immediately.
And that’s a wrap Fiji 🇫🇯! Harry thanks all the Fijians for such a warm welcome to him & “the Duchess” before he unveiled the statue of Sgt Talaiasi Labalaba at Nadi Airport.— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 25, 2018
Next stop....Tonga!! pic.twitter.com/z1gSoujhT6
After the unveiling, Meg and Harry headed back onto the plane for the next destination on their tour: the island nation of Tonga. For those unfamiliar, Tonga is the country that made headlines around the last two Olympics for its shirtless flagbearer, Pita Taufatofua, who was also the first athlete to ever represent the country at the Games.
The Duke and Duchess were greeted at the airport by Princess Angelika Latufuipeka and groups of children lining a red carpet. While Meg looked stunning in another characteristic couture dress, eagle-eyed observers spotted a tiny fashion faux pas – a small tag hanging down from the hem of her dress. Gasp!
Despite the mishap, we’ve all made way worse fashion mistakes. This woman is a style icon. Moving on…
The royal couple’s last engagement of the day was the most breathtaking of all. They visited Consular House in central Nuku'alofa for a private evening event with the Tongan royal family, specifically King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipauʻu.
Meghan was a vision in white.
At the dinner, Meghan and Harry were treated to traditional Tonga entertainment in the form of traditional group dances (Fa'ahiula, Me'etu'upaki, Ta'olunga and Lakalaka). Harry also gave a brief speech at the reception, saying he felt like he was “visiting extended family” because his grandparents and the Tongan royals have visited each other so many times over the years.
He finished by delivering a message from the Queen expressing her “great pleasure” that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were visiting and that she hopes the close relationship between the royal families continues with the next generation.Meghan MarklePrince HarryRoyalsTrending