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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive in Fiji - in pictures

The royal couple are on the Pacific island for a three-day visit as part of their tour of Oceania

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific.

Schoolchildren in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both the Union and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghan's motorcade drove past.

The couple arrived from Australia, where Meghan, who is four months pregnant, had her schedule reduced in recent days after a hectic start to their 16-day trip across four countries. Meghan has not announced any plans to reduce her schedule in Fiji.

After stepping off the plane, Meghan needed to hold her cream-coloured hat to prevent it from being blown away as Harry inspected a guard of honour. There was a light drizzle and an official held an umbrella above Meghan's head.

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The couple was scheduled to attend an official welcome ceremony at Suva's Albert Park that will mirror one attended by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. It was to involve traditional elements of Fijian culture, including dances and a kava ceremony. Members of the public are invited and 15,000 are expected to attend.

The couple was scheduled to attend a reception and state dinneron Tuesday evening hosted by Fijian President Jioji Konrote.

Home to about 900,000 people, Fiji is a former British colony that became independent in 1970 and later became a republic. Fiji remains a part of the commonwealth group of countries.

The couple is scheduled to visit Tonga on Thursday before returning to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, Harry's brainchild and the focus of their tour.

The couple will then finish their tour with a four-day visit to New Zealand.