Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirm visit to Australia as part of autumn tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they will make an official visit to Australia in October during their first overseas royal tour.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace this morning, Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan, who married last month, will travel to Sydney for the 2018 Invictus Games – a Paralympics style event for defence veterans – of which Prince Harry is patron.
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It hasn’t been revealed if they will travel elsewhere in Australia, but their overseas tour will also include New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed news of the couple’s visit, and said Australians would treat them with great warmth.
“As the founder of the Invictus Games, The Duke of Sussex has become a champion for war veterans around the world, including in Australia,” he said in a statement.
“His attendance, alongside The Duchess of Sussex, will be a wonderful highlight for the more than 500 competitors and thousands of spectators.”
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He said he and his wife Lucy looked forward to hosting the newlyweds and watching the games, which were founded by Prince Harry in 2014 after he served with the British military in Afghanistan.
The prince made his first public appearance with Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September last year.
Australians eager to meet the royal couple on the tour, which is believed to be the pair’s honeymoon, may have the opportunity with tickets now available for the event.
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The Sydney Invictus Games will run from October 20 to 27.
More than 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 11 sports and the royal couple will each receive a bespoke Akubra hat created for them.
It’s unclear if the couple will also make time to meet the two koala joeys named after them at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
Kensington Palace said more details about the tour will be released “in due course”.
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