Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal tour: More details released about Australia and New Zealand visit

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent
The Duke and Duchess in Ireland earlier this year (PA)

Kensington Palace has released details about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s autumn tour today.

Prince Harry and Meghan will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.

The couple will land in Sydney, Australia on October 16, where they will spend almost a week in the country, before flying to Fiji on October 23 and then to Tonga on October 25.

They will return to Sydney briefly on October 26, before spending their last four days of the trip in New Zealand. They will fly home from Rotorua on October 31.

Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Commonwealth Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The palace said in a statement: “The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, and environmental and conservation efforts, including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects.”

The initiative begun in 2015 as a network of forest conservation programmes throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations

The Duke and Duchess will also attend the Invictus Games Sydney during their tour, which takes place between 20 and 27 October. The visit will also focus on the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Games, which were founded by Prince Harry.

The pair made their first public debut as a couple at last year’s event in Toronto, two months before announcing their engagement in November.

This will be Harry and Meghan’s first major tour together, after a two day visit to Ireland in July earlier this year.



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