Harry & Meghan Unveil the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Site in Tonga

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out a final engagement in Tonga that was, in many ways, the headline of their jaunt to the country: unveiling the latest site of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The initiative is focused on forest conservation and the vast majority of Commonwealth countries have joined in.

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Before the actual unveiling, the two were serenaded by the Tupou College Boys’ choir with a song about mosquitos that left Meghan in stitches.

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Harry then went into the forest solo – it’s believed that Meghan stayed behind due to concerns over Zika. In fact, there’s been a lot of coverage of whether Meghan should have traveled to Fiji and Tonga, countries in which there is a present, if minimal, risk for the virus. Prior to their arrival and the pregnancy announcement, a considerable number of articles assumed that all such plans would be on hold until after this tour.

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It’s been impressed to reporters that Meghan’s travel was undertaken with doctors’ advice in consideration, however her bowing out of the trek through the forest was likely with that in mind.

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Finally, the two gave a final farewell to their hosts, King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u. A few commented that Meghan’s curtsy was on the shallow side – if I had to guess I would say that the idea of curtsying at all is still a bit foreign and awkward to the Duchess, and she may have been unsure as to the timing or exact protocol. Personally, I don’t think it’s a big deal. It’ll come more naturally with time.

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Meghan chose a bright blue silk day dress by Veronica Beard, a designer debut for her. She paired it with suede Banana Republic heels and Adina Reyter earrings. I thought this was a gorgeous color on Meghan and a huge win. Easily one of my favorite looks of the tour, and it may well be one of my favorites from HRH thus far.

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With that, the couple have returned to Sydney and will then head off to the final leg of their tour in New Zealand.

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