Prince Harry opened the Invictus Games with a moving speech.
The Duke and Duchess began their first full day in Tonga with a visit to the governmental building of St. George to meet Tonga's Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and other cabinet members.
Stylish newlyweds dressed in semi-formal clothes for the affair. Meghan looked dazzling in a green and white striped cotton dress by Australian designer Martin Grant, matching green suede shoes and a Prada clutch. Prince Harry looked just as smart in a light blue suit.
They were gifted with flower garlands before visiting an exhibition of Tonga products and crafts, including traditional rugs and "tapa" fabrics. The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex greeted the local artisans and merchants, as well as the youngsters who offered free hugs.
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The children hold a sign while waiting for the arrival of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, for their meeting with Tonga's Prime Minister in Nuku & alofa, Tonga, on Friday, October 26, 2018. (Photo: Phil Nobel, AP)
After a quick change of clothes, the royal family toured the oldest high school in the Pacific, Tupou College.
In a dress by American designer Veronica Beard, Duchess Meghan laughed with the students and helped her husband dedicate two forest reserves in the school's forest, the Toloa Forest Reserve.
Prince Harry said Friday that Tonga is leading by example and "deeply understands" the impact of environmental changes because the islands are directly affected. Harry said that planting trees and conserving forests is a simple but effective way to improve the environment and protect wildlife.
The Duchess Meghan's visit to the Tongan forest comes as a Zika Alert "Alert – Level 2" in Tonga, according to the US. UU Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials say the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects, is present in mosquitoes in the island nation. The expectant mother will give birth to the couple's first child in the spring.
From Tupou College, the couple went to the Royal Palace, where they said goodbye to the king before leaving for Sydney for the last day of the Invictus Games, the original idea of Harry and the focus of his tour. The couple will end their trip with a four-day visit to New Zealand.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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