Meghan Markle and Prince Harry head to the next stop on their royal tour, Tonga, but not before paying tribute to a fallen soldier.
The royal couple, who are expecting their first child in the spring, traveled to Nadi, Fiji, on Thursday (local time) to attend a special event at Nadi Airport.
Meghan, 37, looked charming in a short sleeved green dress by Jason Wu, a Taiwanese and Canadian designer based in New York City, combined with his Manolo Blahnik BB black suede pumps. She complemented with gold earrings and a matching bracelet. Meanwhile, Harry, 34, stuck to a light-colored suit.
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After an official welcome ceremony, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex discovered a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life at the Battle of Mirbat in 1972. The event was also attended by the president of Fiji, Jioji Konrote, and representatives of the government and the Armed Forces.
Harry drank another ceremonial bowl of kava, a soft drink traditionally served at social events. Although the herb is used to treat anxiety, concern about its effect on the liver means that it has been banned from importing into the EU since 2003. (Previously, the drink was served at an official welcome ceremony in Albert Park).
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Fiji marked a series of novelties in the couple's 16-day royal tour. On their first night, they attended a state dinner, in which Meghan was seen in her first evening dress of the trip, an elegant light blue hooded dress that showed the growth of her baby.
While Harry delivered several speeches during his tour, Meghan addressed the students and staff of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, to share their own university experience at Northwestern University and announce two new grants that support staff members. female at school. His first real tour speech.
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"Everyone should have the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly, the education they are entitled to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital, "he said." When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all those who They are around them, and although progress has been made in many areas throughout the state, there are always possibilities to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults, and specifically to young women. "
After spending a few days in Tonga, Meghan and Harry will return to Sydney, Australia, for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. Then, it will be to New Zealand to conclude his tour.