Where Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Visiting On Their Royal Tour of Australia?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are taking a huge step as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Throughout October 2018, they’re embarking on their first ever major overseas tour in Australia. Unsurprisingly, it appears they’ll be pulling out all the stops.
They’re certainly getting the trip off to a good start, as they officially announced they’re expecting a baby on their first day in Australia. Palace officials announced on Oct. 15, 2018, “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.”
Kensington Palace has also released Harry and Markle’s plans for their overseas tour, so we can keep tabs on the royal parents-to-be every step of the way. Here’s everything we know about how they’ll be spending their time in Australia.
Why did Harry and Markle choose Australia for their royal tour?
You may be wondering what prompted Harry and Markle to choose Australia for their first royal tour. As it turns out, the governments of Australia and New Zealand extended an invitation to the royal couple — and they accepted. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the U.K. had also requested that Harry and Markle visit Fiji and Tonga, which have been added to their agenda.
A spokesperson announced, “The program across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts — including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects — and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.”
Tour dates and locations
Harry and Markle will be making lots of stops over their 16-day overseas tour. They’ll spend the majority of their time in Australia, but they will stop in Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Here’s what’s on the itinerary:
- Oct. 16: Sydney, Australia
- Oct. 17: Dubbo, Australia
- Oct. 18: Melbourne, Australia
- Oct. 19-21: Sydney, Australia (Invictus Games events)
- Oct. 22: Fraser Island, Australia
- Oct. 23-24: Suva, Fiji
- Oct. 25: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga
- Oct. 26-27: Sydney, Australia (Invictus Games closing ceremony)
- Oct. 28: Wellington, New Zealand
- Oct. 29: Wellington and Tasman National Park, New Zealand
- Oct. 30: Auckland, New Zealand
- Oct. 31: Rotorua, New Zealand
Plans for appearances and events are still in the works
Officials are still working out the details of their tour, but we can expect a few things out of their visit. Harry and Markle will stop by youth community groups, which focus on employment, training, and community leadership.
The royal couple may also campaign for farmers to help raise awareness on the drought and wildlife conservation projects.
Commoners will get the chance to meet Harry and Markle
If you’d like the chance to meet Harry and Markle (and happen to be in an area along their tour route), you may actually be in luck. News.com.au reported, “Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have had royal aides in Australia for some weeks working on the itinerary, and there will be several opportunities for members of the public to see the royal couple up close.”
For those of us who won’t get to meet them in person, we’ll still get to follow the Duke and Duchess of Sussex every step of the way. Hundreds of photographers and journalists are set to cover each event, so we won’t have to worry about missing out on potential photos of Markle’s growing baby bump.
Australia will benefit from their visit
It’s no surprise to learn that Australia is excited for Harry and Markle’s tour. With the major international profile the country will inevitably gain, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has openly welcomed Harry and Markle’s visit.
“Their visit will be an opportunity to promote the incredible achievements of Invictus athletes from around the world,” he pointed out, “and showcase Australian programs promoting youth leadership, environmental, and conservation efforts.”