Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Fiji on a 3-day visit

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SUVA, Fiji – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of supporters on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific.

Uniformed school children and people of all ages lined the streets and waved the flags of British Union Jack and Fiji as Prince Harry and Meghan's caravan passed by.

The couple arrived from Australia, where Meghan, who is four months pregnant, was cut back in the last few days after a hectic start of her 16-day trip through four countries. Meghan has not announced any plans to reduce her schedule in Fiji.

After getting off the plane, Meghan had to hold her cream-colored hat to keep her from flying away while Harry inspected an honor guard. There was a light drizzle and an officer held an umbrella over Meghan's head.

The couple was scheduled to attend an official welcome ceremony at the Albert de Suva Park which will reflect one attended by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. These were traditional elements of Fijian culture, including dances and a kava ceremony. Members of the public are invited and expected to attend 15,000.

The couple was scheduled to attend a state reception and dinner on Tuesday night hosted by Fiji President Jioji Konrote.

Fiji, which is home to more than 900,000 people, is a former British colony that became independent in 1970 and then became a republic. Fiji is still part of the group of Commonwealth countries and is a popular destination for tourists thanks to its warm climate and its beaches.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant women do not travel to several countries, including Fiji and Tonga, due to the presence of mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause serious birth defects.

There is no vaccine for Zika, and the CDC says that the best way to avoid infection for those who must travel is to take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

The couple is scheduled to visit Tonga on Thursday before returning to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, Harry's creation and the focus of his tour. The couple will end their tour with a four-day visit to New Zealand.

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Perry reported from Wellington, New Zealand.

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