THE tour to Australia was a huge success – but that was never in any doubt.
The main reason for it being such a hit has been how wonderful Meghan has been.
Harry is already very popular Down Under. I have been with him to Australia a couple of times and he has always drawn huge crowds.
But to travel there with his TV-star wife and arrive on the day they announced she was expecting their first child gave it all the perfect ingredients for a fantastic tour.And she has clearly won the hearts of the Australian public too.
This week has reminded me so much of Diana and Charles’ tour in 1983 to Australia and New Zealand.
There was coverage of their trip in the newspapers every day, just like this one.
It is clear Harry and Meghan are very much in love. It was the same when Charles and Diana went to Australia and it was also their first large overseas tour.
Charles and Diana used to look at each other just like Harry and Meghan do now — in a very adoring way.
On one occasion, Charles put his hand on Diana’s and the way they looked at each other, you knew that it was a magical time. I have seen that here with Harry and Meghan.
Meghan has had a brilliant tour and done really well. She has worn some great clothes, even though one day she left the label on!
She’s been smiling all the way through. Royal tours are not easy and you have to put your best face on.
She has done tremendously well. At one stage, Meghan felt a little unwell with the pregnancy and took a break, which was sensible.I have been smitten with Meghan.
Every job I have done with her she has been absolutely brilliant. I can’t speak highly enough of her.
It is a tough gig becoming a member of the Royal Family and there are a lot of things to take on — the primary one is duty. And when Meghan takes on patronages of her own, I think she will really shine and do a wonderful job.
DAYS 1, 2 & 3
AFTER arriving in Sydney on Monday, October 15, and announcing their pregnancy hours later, the first day of the official tour began on Tuesday.
Having hugged fans at the Opera House, Meg received her first baby gift, a toy kangaroo, from Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
The following day Meghan met a farming family in drought-hit Dubbo, west of Sydney – then on Day 3 it was on to Melbourne.
‘She’s chic, strong and stylish with a bit of sass’
By Tracey Lea Saver, Fashion Director, Fabulous Magazine
WOW! Meghan’s style icon status has reached new heights.
The Duchess of Sussex can do no wrong with her slick American look.
Her Tour-drobe is a lesson to us all in how to put together a classic working wardrobe, but with a sexy spin.
She has stuck to a minimal colour palette of black, beige, navy, cobalt blue and white and has chosen a number of amazing Australian, Kiwi, American and British designers that are all also available and well known in the UK.
Her wardrobe can easily be mixed, matched and re-spun, which makes it as hard working as she is.
Meghan definitely knows what suits her and with help of her stylist and best friend, Canadian Jessica Mulroney, who is travelling with her in an unofficial capacity she hasn’t put a Tabitha Simmons-shod foot wrong.
The white column dress by Theia that she wore to the official welcome reception in Tonga is just so simple and chic with the small split and embellished shoulders.
Bucks royal trends and does own thing
And the cape-back blue Safiyaa dress in Fiji was the perfect choice to give us the first proper glimpse of Meghan’s bump. Even better, it was in a shade called Fiji blue.
Watching her maternity wardrobe develop as that bump visibly grew throughout the tour was a thrill.
And on Friday night — Day 11 of the tour, when she might have been expected to be flagging fashion-wise — she still managed to pull out an absolute show-stopper.
For an event to present conservation awards, she wore a dress by Oscar de la Renta which featured birds all the way from the base to the bodice. Perfect.
What I love about Meghan is that she bucks the royal trends and totally does her own thing.
She is a modern woman who has entered into the Royal Family and given it her own special bit of sass.
Her dress code is still in keeping with the royals but her look is unique and she isn’t prepared to compromise that. I also love that she endorses sustainable and ethical brands like Outland denim and Veja trainers.
Go Meghan — you are not only strong and stylish but well on your way to becoming a fashion icon. Princess Diana would have been very proud.
DAYS 4, 5 & 6
MEGHAN tells pupils at a Sydney school that her first job was to take out the rubbish. Earlier, she and Harry visited the city’s Bondi Beach to meet members of mental health surfing charity OneWave.
The next day, Meghan was by Harry’s side as he officially opened the Invictus Games, followed by a reception with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
They later laid a wreath at the city’s Anzac memorial to honour Australia’s heroes of the First World War.
The trip finally took its toll on day six when, after chatting to children at the Olympic Park, Meghan pulled out of hosting other events due to exhaustion.
‘Sitting in ‘vibe circle’, their smiles didn’t slip’
By Ingrid Seward
Editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine
WHEN the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived in Australia to announce Meghan was expecting a baby, they were on to a winner.
Australians have always loved Prince Harry and now they wanted to love Meghan too.
She was not going to let them down despite the fatigue that comes with jet lag and her pregnancy.
She wanted to give them her best and be the best.
If that meant getting up at 4.30am Australia time to do yoga to “refresh her mind” she did it.
No one was going to stop this strong American woman who wowed crowds with her panache.
All she wanted in return was to be able to hold Harry’s hand for reassurance, which she did.
So much so the media named it the tour of PDAs (public displays of affection).
When The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their first joint tour in April 2014, they had young Prince George to deflect some of the attention, but it was equally exhausting.
Held umbrella over husband’s head
But Meghan was never going to let fatigue get her down and only once in an overcrowded market in Fiji did she falter as the crowd control burst and she had to be hurried back to her car.
Otherwise she behaved like the actress she is and her big smile never wavered.
In the drought-stricken town of Dubbo, 240miles west of Sydney, it poured with much-needed rain on their visit.Meghan held an umbrella over her husband’s head when he spoke — he had given his to a lady in the crowd.
The couple hugged children, talked to old ladies, and all the time promoted youth leadership, mental health, conservation and, of course, the Invictus Games.
There was also the oddest royal engagement in history when the couple sat in a semi-circle in the sand of Sydney’s Bondi Beach wearing garlands of flowers and talking about mental health issues with surfers.
This “anti bad-vibe circle” was to promote positive thinking and even in their jet-lagged state Meghan and Harry never let their smiles slip.
In Tonga they had an audience with the king and queen and a state banquet. Crowds lined every route — once for ten miles.
Although Meghan gave two speeches, the first on women’s empowerment at the University of The South Pacific in Fiji and another at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, she never stole Harry’s thunder. They were a couple from start to finish.
It was a truly different royal tour — maybe more Hollywood than Highgrove, but this is their way and everybody loved them.
DAYS 7, 8, 9 & 10
ON a trip to Fraser Island in Queensland, Meg wowed admirers in a £167 see-through, thigh-high split maxi dress on the jetty of Kingfisher Bay.
The next day she was blooming in blue, wearing a floor-length number to a lavish state reception in Fiji’s capital Suva.
She later left fans disappointed on a solo outing to a market after being whisked away by security. Next up, the Duke and Duchess flew to Tonga, with Meg forgetting to cut the label off her £400 dress.
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ON their second day in Tonga, the Duke and Duchess looked at local handicrafts before trying on traditional clothes.
But Meghan slipped into a blue Veronica Beard dress for the unveiling of The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at Tupou College.
The couple then flew back to Sydney to be guests of honour at the Australian Geographic Society gala at the Shangri-La hotel.
As they left the venue, Meghan was spotted clutching a toy wombat that she had been given for her unborn baby.
She was also given a cuddly numbat – a small marsupial from Western Australia.
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