This October, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will embark on their first royal tour together. These are the incredible destinations the newlyweds will visit.
Taking in the Commonwealth nations of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga, Harry and Meghan’s first royal tour promises some spectacular scenery and exciting events.
While the tour will be a real test for Meghan, as her first major trip as the Duchess of Sussex, it won’t be all bad, as the couple will visit some of the world’s most spectacular locations. Here’s what they’ve got to look forward to.
We know the royal couple will definitely be visiting Fraser Island, with its sweep of glorious yellow sands, and Sydney – the city plays host to the Invictus Games, hosted by Harry, from the 20-27 October. But Australia has plenty of other brilliant places to visit beyond the east coast’s beaches.
The ‘Red Centre’ is a barren swathe of ochre-coloured desert and an adventure in this wild land is an essential Australian experience. The couple might well take the famous Ghan train, a luxury railway runs right through the middle of Australia’s desert between Adelaide and Darwin.
Western Australia is equally exciting, with a whole coastline of undisturbed beaches and opportunities for swimming with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The western city of Perth is another highlight, with its nearby vineyards and burgeoning food scene. This region Down Under is one of our top picks for October trips, so we’re certain they’d have a spectacular time.
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This will be Meghan Markle’s second visit to New Zealand, but it’s likely to be a little different to her first trip to the Australasian country.
In 2015, she and a friend travelled by campervan on a very low-budget trip, taking in wine tasting in Marlborough and hiking on the Franz Josef glacier. Her October visit as part of the royal tour, though, will likely be far more glamorous.
New Zealand is famous as home of the Hobbits, and as a former actress herself it might be fitting for Meghan to visit the movie set of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. The couple can take a set tour and step inside one of the tiny homes, set in the countryside of the Waikato region.
The couple could opt to hike one of the country’s best trails, the Tongariro Crossing, or learn about the indigenous Maori culture in Rotorua.
A destination popular with newlyweds, Harry and Meghan’s visit to Fiji might just be like a second honeymoon. This idyllic archipelago is as romantic as it gets, with swaying palm trees, stunning sunsets and warm, clear waters lapping soft sandy beaches.
There are 333 islands in Fiji, and while they won’t visit them all, it’s highly likely Harry and Meghan will explore the biggest isle, Viti Levu. Beyond the beaches, there is fantastic scenery in the highlands, with mist-covered mountain peaks and stunning waterfalls to explore.
The Kingdom of Tonga
There’s not a flashy resort to be seen on the islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga. Here the royal tour should slow down a little, as the highlights in Tonga are all about experiencing local life and exploring the gorgeous coastline.
The Talamahu Market, with its hand-woven palm frond baskets piled high with fresh produce and traditional crafts, is a fascinating place to while away an afternoon. The couple also shouldn’t miss a tour of some of the archipelago’s caves, where underground swimming pools make for a romantic dip.