Meghan Markle and Prince Harry make their way to the next station of their royal tour – Tonga – but not before paying tribute to a fallen soldier.
The royal couple, expecting their first child in spring, traveled to Nadi, Fiji on Thursday (local time) to attend a special event at Nadi Airport.
Meghan, 37, glimpsed in a green, short-sleeved shift dress by Jason Wu, a New York-based Taiwanese and Canadian designer from York City paired with her black suede Manolo Blahnik BB pumps. It was fitted with gold statement earrings and a matching cuff bracelet. Harry, 34, was holding on to a light suit.
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Following an official welcome ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled a new statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British Fijian who lost his life At the Battle of Mirbat in 1972, the event was also attended by Fiji's President Jioji Konrote and senior government and military officials.
Harry drank another ceremonial bowl of kava, a non-alcoholic beverage traditionally served at social events. Although the herb is used to treat anxiety, importation into the EU has been banned since 2003 due to liver concern. (He was previously drunk at an official welcome ceremony in Albert Park.)
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The Fiji Islands celebrated a series of first on the pair's 16-day royal tour. On their first evening, they attended a national dinner where Meghan sat in her first evening gown of travel – an elegant, light blue caped gown showing her growing baby bump.
While Harry made several speeches during her tour, Meghan spoke to students and staff of the South Pacific University in Suva, Fiji, to share their own college experience at Northwestern University and announce two new scholarships, the female staff to support the school in their first royal tour speech.
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"Everyone should be given the opportunity to obtain the desired education, but above all, education he would like to receive. And that's crucial for women and girls in developing countries, "she said. "When girls get the right tools to succeed, they can create an incredible future, not just for themselves, but for those around them. While progress has been made in many areas of the Commonwealth, there is always scope for more opportunities for the next generation of young adults, and young women in particular.
After several days in Tonga, Meghan and Harry return to Sydney for the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games. Then it's off to New Zealand to complete the tour.