Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Just Announced Their First Royal Tour

Kensington Palace confirmed the newlyweds big trip in an announcement today

Updated 06/11/18

Kirsty O'Connor - PA Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't wasting any time getting right back to work. The newlyweds, who recently returned from their honeymoon, will travel to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall, according to a Kensington Palace announcement on Sunday.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn,” the Palace wrote in their announcement. “Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”

This visit, however, doesn't come as a surprise to royal fans. It was previously revealed that the Duchess of Sussex would join her husband at his next Invictus Games, a Paralympic competition, in Sydney. Sunday's announcement of the news reveals that the couple are set to travel to the games from October 20-27.

Meghan Markle made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut on Saturday, when she joined the rest of her in-laws for Trooping the Colours—Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday party. This year marks the Queen's 92nd birthday.

The Duchess' scheduling is filling up quickly. Next week, the 36-year-old is set to accompany the Queen on an official visit to Cheshire, England. During the trip, they'll unveil a new bridge, open the Storyhouse Theatre, and have lunch at Chester's Town Hall. This is a huge honor for the Duchess, as not even Prince Harry has ridden in the Queen's train before.

“The Queen knows the potential pitfalls of not giving [new members] a guiding hand,” Ingrid Seward, author of the recent biography of the Queen and Prince Philip, My Husband & I, told People. “It’s all about the monarchy. She can’t expect Meghan to know everything without being shown.”

“She doesn’t want 70 years of hard work to be for nothing,” Seward added. ”I’m sure she feels Meghan needs a steadying hand in these early days.”

Related Stories