Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Their First Official Trip
Now that their wedding is over, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, are moving on to better things. And those things include traveling to some pretty incredible places around the globe.
This fall, the royals will pay a visit to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga at at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, according to Kensington Palace.
The couple’s trip will coincide with the Invictus Games, which will be held in Australia this October.
According to the Evening Standard, Harry and Meghan will be mirroring Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, whose first first royal tour was also to Australia and New Zealand. At the time, Prince Charles and Diana spent 41 days overseas.
This trip will also clearly be meaningful to Harry, who created the Invictus Games as a way to celebrate and inspire wounded soldiers in their recovery. According to ABC News, an estimated 550 competitors from 17 countries competed in 12 sports during last year’s event, which was held in Canada.
“As the founder of the Invictus Games, The Duke of Sussex has become a champion for war veterans around the world, including in Australia,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull 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.”
Beyond celebrating the deserving soldiers who take part in the games, the event also holds a special place in Harry and Meghan’s hearts, as the 2017 games in Canada were the first time the duo stepped out together as an official couple. Just a few short weeks later they announced their engagement and the rest is royal history.