Last night the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent the night at a private resort on the isle of Vatuvara, but it was back to business in the morning with the unveiling of a statue in Nidi. The engagement, honoring Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, marks the last in Fiji – later today the couple fly to Tonga for roughly 24 hours before returning to Sydney for the Invictus Games’ closing ceremonies. We’re officially in the home stretch of this marathon tour!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now halfway through their four-country tour and today carried out a slew of engagements in Fiji after last night’s state dinner. It also marked the occasion of Meghan’s first real speech as a member of the British Royal Family – naturally she executed flawlessly.
Last night’s state dinner hosted by the President of Fiji was in fact quite the milestone for the Duchess of Sussex – her first public black tie event since her wedding five months ago. Given her propensity for wearing trouser suits and erring on the side of informality, I know many have been waiting for the “princess” moment – this was essentially that, and there’s plenty more such nights in her future.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Fiji late yesterday afternoon (their time – for our purposes it was the middle of the night) and have had a busy first few hours on the second leg of their 16-day tour. Arrival shots tend to set the tone for a tour, and become the images by which said tour is most recognizable – we didn’t formally get that moment in Australia, but we definitely did in Fiji.
Yesterday, Kensington Palace released more information on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. They will be abroad between October 16 and 31, with dates corresponding with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.