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Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in hot Fiji for a 3-day visit

By Kirsty Wigglesworth and Nick Perry | AP 23 October at 01:51 SUVA, Fiji – The Duke and Duchess of…

SUVA, Fiji – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex was greeted by hundreds of flag waving well wishing on Tuesday after arriving at Fiji for a three day visit as part of their tour in South Pacific sea.

Schoolchildren in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghans ticket drove past.

The couple came from Australia where Meghan, who is four months pregnant, had his schedule reduced the last few days after a hectic start on his 16-day trip across four countries. Meghan has not announced any plans to reduce its schedule in Fiji.

After losing the plane, Meghan had to keep his cream-colored hat to prevent it from blowing away when Harry inspected a marriage protection. It was a light rain and an officer held an umbrella over Megan’s head.

The couple was scheduled to attend an official welcome ceremony in Suvas Albert Park, which will reflect one who participated in Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. It was to involve traditional parts of Fijian culture including dances and a kava ceremony . Members of the public are invited and 15,000 are expected to attend.

The couple was scheduled to attend a reception and share dinner on Tuesday evening hosted by Fijian President Jioji Konrote.

Home to over 900,000 people is Fiji, a former British colony which became independent in 1970 and later became a republic. Fiji is still part of the Commonwealth group of countries and is a popular tourist destination thanks to its warm climate and beaches.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that pregnant women do not travel to a number of countries, including Fiji and Tonga, due to the presence of mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause serious birth defects.

There is no vaccine for Zika and CDC says that the best way to avoid infection for those who have to travel is to take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bite.

The couple is scheduled to visit Tonga on Thursday before returning to Sydney on Friday for Invictus Games last days, Harry’s brainchildren and focusing on his tour. The couple will then finish their tour with a four-day visit to New Zealand.


Perry reported from Wellington, New Zealand.

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