Prince Harry and Meghan leave Australia when they head to Fiji to continue their royal tour

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The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji in the next stage of their marathon Commonwealth tour.

The royal couple traveled on a charter flight from Australia to the capital, Suva, and dressed in casual shirts and jeans and got off Qantas' plane in more formal attire.

Meghan Markle wore a dress by the Australian brand Zimmerman, a hat by Stephen Jones, earrings that were a gift from the Queen, used in Chester in their recent joint participation there, and a bracelet that was a gift from the Prince of Wales.

The couple will spend four days in the South Pacific on behalf of the Queen, and will travel to Tonga later in the week.

But there are doubts about the wisdom of the palace to allow the pregnant duchess to continue the trip as there is a moderate risk of Zika in the region.

The mosquito-borne disease can cause serial defects in unborn fetuses and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises expectant mothers not to travel there.

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A glamorous Meghan Markle arrived in Fiji with a dress from the Australian Zimmerman stamp, a hat by Stephen Jones, earrings that were a gift from the Queen, which were used in Chester in their recent joint commitment there, and a bracelet that was a gift from the Prince of Wales

A glamorous Meghan Markle arrived in Fiji with a dress from the Australian Zimmerman stamp, a hat by Stephen Jones, earrings that were a gift from the Queen, which were used in Chester in their recent joint commitment there, and a bracelet that was a gift from the Prince of Wales

A glamorous Meghan Markle arrived in Fiji with a dress from the Australian Zimmerman stamp, a hat by Stephen Jones, earrings that were a gift from the Queen, which were used in Chester in their recent joint commitment there, and a bracelet that was a gift from the Prince of Wales

The Duchess received a bouquet of flowers from a flower girl from the island of Bau, the island of Ratu Apensia Cakobau, who ceded Fiji to Britain in 1874. The queen visited Bau in 1982.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji after traveling on a Qantas charter flight from Hervey Bay in Queensland

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji after traveling on a Qantas charter flight from Hervey Bay in Queensland

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Fiji after traveling on a Qantas charter flight from Hervey Bay in Queensland

The red carpet spread when Meghan and Prince Harry landed at the airport after having flown in from Australia.

The red carpet spread when Meghan and Prince Harry landed at the airport after having flown in from Australia.

The red carpet spread when Meghan and Prince Harry landed at the airport after having flown in from Australia.

Prince Harry inspects the Honor Guard who received him and his wife Meghan Markle at the Suva airport in Fiji on Tuesday afternoon

Prince Harry inspects the Honor Guard who received him and his wife Meghan Markle at the Suva airport in Fiji on Tuesday afternoon

Prince Harry inspects the Honor Guard who received him and his wife Meghan Markle at the Suva airport in Fiji on Tuesday afternoon

Those waiting were left in the rain along the streets and greeted when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Suva, Fiji.

Those waiting were left in the rain along the streets and greeted when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Suva, Fiji.

Those waiting were left in the rain along the streets and greeted when Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Suva, Fiji.

Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of spectators before boarding a plane at the Hervey Bay airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning

Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of spectators before boarding a plane at the Hervey Bay airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning

Meghan Markle is seen waving to a crowd of spectators before boarding a plane at the Hervey Bay airport in Queensland on Tuesday morning

Prince Harry also waved his hand as he walked across the runway to the waiting Qantas plane that was flying the royal couple to Fiji.

Prince Harry also waved his hand as he walked across the runway to the waiting Qantas plane that was flying the royal couple to Fiji.

Prince Harry also waved his hand as he walked across the runway to the waiting Qantas plane that was flying the royal couple to Fiji.

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But Kensington Place insists that the couple has followed medical advice and is happy that Meghan, who is around 12 to 14 weeks pregnant, continues with her trip.

The couple arrived in Fiji to be received by an Honor Guard at the Nausori airport.

Harry inspected the guard of 100 soldiers of the Army and Navy of Fiji and took the greeting.

Later, his Royal Highnesses will call His Excellency the General President of Division Jioji Konusi Konrote in Borron House.

From Borron House, the Duke and the Duchess will attend an official welcome ceremony at the Albert Park in the city center.

The ceremony, known as Veirqaraqaravi Vakavanua, embodies the identity and cultural heritage of Fiji and will reflect in format the one attended by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Fiji in 1953.

It will include a number of traditional elements of Fijian culture, including the presentation of the Tabua and Kava ceremony.

A traditional dance, known as the Meke, will also be performed by members of the village of Nakelo.

Kava is the national drink of Fiji and is consumed with great ceremony.

It is made from a pepper plant (piper methysticum), turns into fine powder and then mixed in fresh water.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are photographed boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at the Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are photographed boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at the Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are photographed boarding a Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft at the Hervey Bay Airport in Queensland

Meghan (pictured) and her husband, Prince Harry, visit Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple

Meghan (pictured) and her husband, Prince Harry, visit Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple

Meghan (pictured) and her husband, Prince Harry, visit Fiji as part of the first royal tour as a married couple

The royal couple is spending three days in Fiji, where they are expected to attend several engagements together despite the fact that the Duchess is reducing her royal duties in Australia.

The royal couple is spending three days in Fiji, where they are expected to attend several engagements together despite the fact that the Duchess is reducing her royal duties in Australia.

The royal couple is spending three days in Fiji, where they are expected to attend several engagements together despite the fact that the Duchess is reducing her royal duties in Australia.

Queensland was the fourth stop in the visit of the royal couple to Australia, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in west central New South Wales, and Melbourne

Queensland was the fourth stop in the visit of the royal couple to Australia, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in west central New South Wales, and Melbourne

Queensland was the fourth stop in the visit of the royal couple to Australia, after they previously visited Sydney, Dubbo, in west central New South Wales, and Melbourne

The result looks a bit like muddy rainwater and has a slightly bitter taste.

It is also said to have a mild sedative effect, which means that it is unlikely that the pregnant duchess can take a sip, leaving the honors to her husband.

The duke and the duchess will leave Albert Park to head to the Grand Pacific Hotel, where they will stay the two nights they are in Fiji.

Following in the Queen's footsteps, you will recognize members of the public gathered around Albert Park from the hotel balcony.

On Tuesday night, they will attend a state reception and dinner organized by the Fijian president, in which Harry will speak.

It will be the most glamorous event the couple has attended during their 16-day tour.

On Wednesday, His Royal Highness will lay a wreath at the Fiji War Memorial and meet with several Fiji war veterans, some of whom served in the British Armed Forces.

The royal couple will then visit the campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva.

From here, your program will be divided.

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex (pictured) head to Fiji after spending Monday visiting the Fraser Island of Queensland

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex (pictured) head to Fiji after spending Monday visiting the Fraser Island of Queensland

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex (pictured) head to Fiji after spending Monday visiting the Fraser Island of Queensland

Prince Harry is received by fans after returning from Fraser Island on Tuesday morning

Prince Harry is received by fans after returning from Fraser Island on Tuesday morning

Prince Harry is received by fans after returning from Fraser Island on Tuesday morning

Meghan was seen hugging her baby when she and her husband, Prince Harry, were walking along a pier in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island.

Meghan was seen hugging her baby when she and her husband, Prince Harry, were walking along a pier in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island.

Meghan was seen hugging her baby when she and her husband, Prince Harry, were walking along a pier in Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island.

The Duke will travel to Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and The Duchess to the Residence of the British High Commissioner, before heading to the Suva market.

On Thursday, the royal couple will travel to the city of Nadi in western Fiji, where they will attend a special event at Nadi airport.

After an official welcome ceremony, the Duke and Duchess will unveil a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba.

From the Nadi airport, your Royal Highnesses will take a charter flight to Tonga.

In Nuku & alofa, in Tonga, the couple will visit the San Jorge building for a visit to the Prime Minister & Akilisi Pohiva and the cabinet members.

From there, they will attend an exhibition with Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Center and then travel to Tupou College.

The Duke and Duchess later travel to the Royal Palace for an official farewell with the King before returning to Sydney for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games.

The couple is expected to attract large crowds during their stay in Fiji and Tonga, but some criticize the time of the visit to Fiji, which occurs less than three weeks before the country's elections.

Robin Nair, who was Fiji's permanent secretary of foreign affairs until he resigned last year, says he is concerned that Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will make the most of the wide publicity of the royal couple.

"The people of Fiji love the Royals … and the Government knows that the visit will generate a great euphoria and joy," Nair said in a statement provided to ABC.

He said he is concerned that the incumbent prime minister uses opportunities to take pictures with Harry and Meghan to paint himself positively.

Another former government official, Shailendra G Raju, condemned the visit in a Facebook post.

In a letter addressed to the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Fiji, Mr. Raju requested that the visit be "postponed to a mutually convenient and appropriate time".



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