Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Duchess Down Under: Meghan in Fijian Blue

Duchess Down Under: Meghan in Fijian Blue

Now that Meghan Markle's pregnancy has been officially confirmed, fans have moved on to the next stage of speculation - whether the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a boy or a girl.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry received a warm welcome in Suva, Fiji.

Kensington Palace announced that Meghan was expecting on the eve of the couple's first tour outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Harry and Meghan will be feted in a ceremony at a park in Suva, mirroring a welcome for Queen Elizabeth in 1953.

Custom in Fiji dictates that people attending a ceremony such as this do not wear hats as a mark of respect but as you'll see from photos of the reception, Meghan wore a white hat as part of her outfit.

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On Tuesday, the couple attended a state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel and Harry said Fiji and Britain shared a love of rugby and a sense of humour.

On the latest stop on their tour, the Duke of Sussex echoed his grandparents as he and his wife were given a traditional welcome to Fiji before waving from the balcony of the Grand Pacific Hotel.

School children in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Harry and Meghan's motorcade drove past. According to Entertainment Tonight, while aboard the tram, a 12-year-old student by the name of Charlie Wolf asked the newly pregnant couple if they had thought of any names for their unborn child. The two have been double hand holding, wearing leis, and mingling with government officials and citizens alike in Australia and Fiji-something Prince Harry likes to take his time with. He accepted the bowl and held it to his lips as the crowd cheered.

He signed off with "venaka", or thank you, to cheers and laughter.

Invictus Games ambassador Gwen Cherne, whose husband Peter Cafe served in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq before taking his own life earlier this year, was photographed in an embrace with the Duke of Sussex during his Sydney Harbour Bridge climb last Friday. It was to involve traditional elements of Fijian culture, including dances and a kava ceremony.

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