The Duke and Duchess of Sussex—that’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the rest of us—are going on their first royal tour together, and it sounds like an amazing vacation. The newlyweds are set to visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand this fall.
We should say this isn’t just a vacation. A royal tour is about more than just smiling for the cameras; the Duke and Duchess will be showing the flag and representing the Royal Family at charitable events. It’s a LOT of speeches and ribbon cutting. Kensington Palace released an official statement that, “Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn 🇦🇺🇫🇯🇹🇴🇳🇿
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 10, 2018
Their trip will also coincide with the Invictus Games in Sydney from October 20-27. Prince Harry founded the games as a way to honor the contributions of wounded, injured, and sick members of the armed forces. The Games include adaptive sports similar to the Paralympics, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. The upcoming games in Sydney will the fourth tournament after the Games were inaugurated in 2014 in London.
Given that they’re going to visit some of the most beautiful countries in the world, we hope the Duke and Duchess will spend a little bit of time on the beach in addition to supporting noble causes from Fiji to Sydney!