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Prince Harry, Meghan Looking Forward To Fiji, High Commissioner Says

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to experiencing Fi­ji’s rich culture and hospitality dur­ing their three-day visit this month. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will
10 Oct 2018 11:39
Prince Harry, Meghan Looking Forward To Fiji, High Commissioner Says
Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to experiencing Fi­ji’s rich culture and hospitality dur­ing their three-day visit this month.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will be in the country from October 23 to 25 on a 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

British High Commissioner to Fiji Mela­nie Hopkins said the royal couple will undertake the official visit to the country at the invitation of the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote and request of the United Kingdom Foreign and Com­monwealth Office.

“They have wanted to come to Fiji for quite some time now. It is the first major tour for the royal highnesses as a married couple and we are delighted that Fiji is included in that,” Ms Hopkins said.

“The tour throughout will focus on com­monwealth themes particularly youth lead­ership and environmental challenges and of course the Duke of Sussex is particular­ly interested in the youth side given his role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.”

She said Prince Harry served alongside Fi­jians in the British Army during his tours in Afghanistan.

“Across all four countries the royal couple are really looking forward to building an enduring relationship with the people of each country particularly young people and it is a moment of celebrating the friend­ships and the deep ties that bind the British and Fijian people,” she said.

University of the South Pacific visit

During the tour the royal couple will meet USP students from across the Pacific re­gion.

The visit will be in conjunction with the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

USP was founded by Royal Charter and is amongst the very few universities in the world that are founded by the formal docu­ment issued by a monarch.

Ms Hopkins said she was informed by the USP Vice Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra that the royal charter was hand delivered to USP by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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