Harry and Meghan replicate Queen's iconic balcony wave in Fiji

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

After touching down in Fiji on Tuesday afternoon, it was right down to business for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The couple attended a special welcome ceremony in the country’s capital city, Suva, before making an appearance at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wave on the hotel’s balcony replicated the Queen’s similar iconic moment in 1953 during her visit to Fiji with Prince Philip. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wave on the Grand Pacific Hotel balcony in Suva, Fiji on Tuesday.  Photo: Getty
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip waved to crowds from the balcony of the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji, during the Quen’s coronation world tour in 1953. Photo: Getty

Earlier in the afternoon the pregnant Duchess of Sussex looking very relaxed and refreshed after taking a break from royal engagements on Fraser Island a day earlier.

The 37-year-old stepped off the flight in Suva, glowing in a gorgeous white Zimmerman dress and hat by Stephen Jones.

The tropical weather took a windy turn on the royals’ arrival at Nausori airport and local officials struggled to keep the red carpet in its place.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle waved to locals. Photo: Getty
The royal couple at a traditional welcome ceremony. Photo: Getty

The Duke and Duchess will be embarking on a three-day jam-packed programme of appearances in Fiji.

That includes a reception held by The President of Fiji at Borron House and an official welcome ceremony which will mirror in format that of the one attended by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.

They’ll be treated to dance performances, the presentation of the Tabua, and a Kava ceremony.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Fiji on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Getty
Local officials try to smooth out the red carpet amid the windy weather. Photo: Getty
Meghan stuns in a Zimmerman dress and hat by Stephen Jones. Photo: Getty

The couple’s arrival in Fiji comes fter it was revealed over the weekend that Meghan was taking a break from her royal tour of Australia, as her pregnancy ‘took its toll’.

“She’s resting at home,” ABC News reported Prince Harry telling an inquisitive fan on Sunday, who asked where the Duchess of Sussex was.

Kensington Palace then released a statement, saying the Duchess was taking a well-deserved break and cutting back on her appearances.

“After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and half of the tour,” a statement from Kensington Palace read, according to the Express.

The royal couple descend from the plane as they arrive in Fiji. Photo: Getty

“The Duke will attend the cycling as scheduled this morning, and The Duchess will join him for this afternoon’s engagements.

The Duchess also pulled out of a string of engagements on Fraser Island, which included meeting with local elders and national park rangers to learn about the Island’s natural beauty, rich history, biodiversity and cultural significance and a visit to the pristine waters of Lake McKenzie.

However, after spending some much-needed time chilling out at the Kingfisher Bay resort on Fraser Island, Meghan reappeared later in the evening to meet with locals at the Kingfisher Bay jetty.

Meghan is given a warm welcome with some flowers. Photo: Getty
Royal duty at the airport. Photo: Getty

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