Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s First Royal Tour Will Support Causes They Care About Along The Way

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s First Royal Tour Will Support Causes They Care About Along The Way

It’s going to be a busy fall for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. On Monday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their first Royal Tour.

Kensington Palace previously revealed that the newlyweds would be visiting Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand, but a formal itinerary and new details about the trip weren’t made public until now. According to a royal press release, the trip will take place between Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The trip will begin in Sydney, Australia, from which the royals will depart for Fiji and Tonga, before rounding out the trip with a return Australia and a visit to New Zealand. The Royals were invited to visit Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand by the country’s respective governments, while their trip through Fiji and Tonga was requested by the Foreign and Commonwealth office, according to Kensington Palace. As for the agenda, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will use these visits to tackle important issues and intend to talk with leaders about youth leadership, environmental, and conservation efforts. They will also attend the dedication of several of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects, and support the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games for the rehabilitation of servicemen and women. Prince Harry started the international event, which brings together wounded or injured veterans to compete in adaptive sports, according to the foundation’s website.

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This will be the couple’s first official royal tour, but it won’t be their first time travelling since their wedding in May. In July, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex went on a two-day tour of Ireland, according to Harper’s Bazaar. The visit was their first trip out of England as a married couple, and they took the opportunity to meet with President Michael Higgins and his wife, Sabina Coyne. The trip to Dublin was brief in comparison to their upcoming travels, which will take the couple away from home for several weeks. The 2018 Invictus Games are sure to be a highlight of the international visit. The games hold a special meaning for Prince Harry and Markle. The couple made their first public appearance together at the Toronto Games in September of 2017. The two were seen holding hands and sitting together during the event, making it their first joint engagement after nearly a year of dating. In April, the engaged couple attended a reception to celebrate the forthcoming Invictus Games, according to People. They also appeared at the U.K. Trials the same month, once again showing up to support the event.

Prince Harry and Markle cheered on the 400 athletes competing for the 72 spots on the United Kingdom’s team the Paralympic-style games. According to E!, Markle told one of the competitors that she was already looking forward to the event in October. “She told me that she had never been to Australia, but was going to this year’s event and was really looking forward to being there with Harry,” rugby competitor Michael Mallon told the publication. It looks like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have a busy couple of weeks during the tour, and their time at the games in Sydney, Australia will likely be a meaningful moment from the trip. Prince Harry is already planning for the future of the event — in June, he revealed the 2020 Invictus Games will be hosted in The Hague, Netherlands, according to Time.

The preparations for future events will come after the couple is able to see another successful competition in the Fall. While the Invictus Games will be making the itinerary, Kensington Palace has yet to reveal further details about the trip. The official announcement from Kensington Palace promises more information will be released when the autumn tour date is closer. Either way, the trip is already shaping up to be an eventful couple of weeks for the Royals.

 

David Beckham will be joining Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on part of their royal tour

David Beckham will be joining Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on part of their royal tour

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry seem to like hobnobbing with the stars and recently spent time with George and Amal Clooney at their Lake Como villa. It was reported that Meghan helped Amal look after 10-month-old twins, Ella and Alexander, while Harry and George played basketball. Getty – Contributor Meghan and Harry at the Invictus games in Toronto in 2017Now it seems they could be spending time with another famous couple – David and Victoria Beckham. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to go on their royal tour this autumn and will be going to Australia to attend the Invictus Games, which Harry set up for injured and disabled army veterans. Now football ace David has been named an ambassador to the games, so he’ll be heading Down Under in October to spend time with the newlyweds in the royal box. David shared the news in a post on Instagram, writing: “I’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with many serving, veteran and wounded British armed forces personnel over the years and I’ve been humbled by the courage, resilience and spirit shown by each and every one of them. Splash News Davis and Victoria at the Royal Wedding in May”So, I’m incredibly proud to announce I will be an Ambassador for this year’s Invictus Games in Sydney. The entire Invictus Games team, led by the Duke of Sussex, has achieved remarkable things in such a short space of time, using sport as a powerful force to rehabilitate and unite and I can’t wait to be part of the energy and the excellence of the Games this year.”

Although he doesn’t say whether wife Victoria will be joining him in Sydney, it would be a chance for her to form a bond with fashion fan Meghan and get closer to the couple. Who knows, she may even get the Duchess to wear some of her next VB collection – and there’s no better ad for a brand than that. Reuters William and Harry with David Beckham attend a reception organised by the British Football Association in Johannesburg in 2010Victoria and David were present at Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May, and David has formed a close friendship with Harry’s older brother William after they collaborated on the 2012 Olympic bid. But Harry shares a past with Victoria. When he was 13, he met the Spice Girls at a concert and South Africa and he was pictured blushing and looking starstruck as Victoria held his hand. Sweet.

A 13-year-old Prince Harry looks flustered as Victoria holds his hand  Getty – Contributor David has worked with Prince William on the Olympic bid and other projects. Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, to give injured and sick service personnel a chance to compete in various activities, including archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting and wheelchair basketball. This Sydney games will run from October 20 to 27.

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