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Prince Harry and Meghan In Fiji: 10-Year-Old Plans To Pass On Gift For Royal Baby

Ten-year-old Miriam Navuku tried to pass on her gift to the Duke of Sussex last night, but was unsuccessful. With the help of her mother, Vasiti Navuku, the Year 5
24 Oct 2018 13:04
Prince Harry and Meghan In Fiji:  10-Year-Old Plans To Pass On Gift For Royal Baby
Miriam Navuku with the fan. Photo: Rosi Doviverata

Ten-year-old Miriam Navuku tried to pass on her gift to the Duke of Sussex last night, but was unsuccessful.

With the help of her mother, Vasiti Navuku, the Year 5 student of Marist Convent School is determined to make it happen before the royal couple departs our shores.

Their gift is a iri ni Daku with the inscription “Baby Sussex”.IMG_1480

Miriam and her brother, Navitalai, organised with the womenfolk of their village in Daku, Tailevu, for a special fan to be made in honour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby.

The iri ni Daku is woven in a distinctive style by the women of Daku.

Part of the traditional ceremonies preformed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Suva 's Albert Park on 23rd October, 2018. PHOTO: Ronald Kumar

Part of the traditional ceremonies preformed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Suva ‘s Albert Park on 23rd October, 2018. PHOTO: Ronald Kumar

Mrs Navuku said their wish to gift the couple came from a family that has followed the British Royal family for more than three decades.

In fact, Miriam is the granddaughter of Ratu Jale Vuiyasawa, a former British Army serviceman who was enlisted into the British Army in 1961 as part of the first recruitment of Fijian soldiers, 200 men and 12 women who served in the United Kingdom.

Ratu Jale served his full 22 years for Queen and country and returned to Fiji with his wife and two daughters, one of which is Miriam’s mother.

With the support of her family, Miriam is not giving up that easily. Expect to see her with her iri ni Daku at one of the couple’s engagements today.

Ratu Jale was one of the youngest of the recruits. Family members tell of how he was so persistent to join the British Army that he lied about his age.

He served with The Royal Artillery also known as “the gunners” for 22 years.

Ratu Jale is part of the Royal British Legion (RBL)  contingent -212 ex servicemen who will be meeting the royals in Nadi tomorrow during the unveiling of the Labalaba statue.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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