MEGHAN Markle is to take part in her first major overseas tour as a member of the royal family when she joins husband Harry on a visit to the Pacific region.
The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry will spend 16 days travelling around Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand.
Kensington Palace says the royal couple will be on their Australasian travels from October 16 to 31.
The duke and duchess will attend Harry’s Invictus Games in Sydney, a Paralympics-style championship for injured or sick servicemen and women and veterans.
Meghan and Harry will spend much of their time in Australia visiting Melbourne, Sydney and the popular holiday town of Dubbo in New South Wales.
They’re also due to visit Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island located off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast.
The big trip down under follows a brief visit the couple made to Dublin during the summer.
The palace said in a short statement: “Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Commonwealth Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments.
“The duke and duchess will visit Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.”
Meghan will take centre stage on the hectic tour, which is her first on a large international scale.
The couple will begin their travels in Sydney for the Invictus Games before moving on to Dubbo.
Prince Harry created the games, named after the Latin word for “undefeated”, in London in 2014.
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During this year’s Invictus Games, Meghan and Harry will be staying at a multi-million pound luxury mansion located in Sydney’s suburbs, enjoying beachfront views and eight grand bedrooms.
In April 2014, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also travelled to Australia and New Zealand, spending just 18 days away but covering a distance of 23,701 miles.
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