Duchess of Sussex rushed through Suva market

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walks with locals during a visit to a market in Suva, Fiji. Photo: Reuters
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, walks with locals during a visit to a market in Suva, Fiji. Photo: Reuters
The Duchess of Sussex has been whisked through a market in the Fiji capital of Suva more quickly than planned as crowds thronged to meet her.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, arrived in Fiji yesterday for a three day trip.

The Duchess was due to spend 15 minutes speaking with vendors at Suva Municipal Market to learn about a UN Women's project which promotes female empowerment.

But she was escorted through in about six minutes due to what Kensington Palace reportedly said was a security risk due to excessive crowds.

Earlier, Prince Harry told those gathered for a state dinner in Suva the ties between Fiji and the UK ran deep and the two countries shared Commonwealth values, a love of rugby and a sense of humour.

He said Fiji was looked to for leadership on environmental issues.

"Your country has demonstrated its fortitude and resilience by rebuilding your communities following the devastating Cyclone Winston two years ago. You continue to smile. You continue to have hope and you continue to share what you have with others."

Prince Harry said it was a nostalgic visit as his grandparents had stayed at the same Grand Pacific Hotel.

"This visit is also an opportunity to learn more about the future of Fiji. Your economic growth, sustainable tourism development and social enterprises. We're really looking forward to meeting the students at the University of the South Pacific and the young leaders from all walks of life."

At the university, the Duchess of Sussex gave her first speech of the couple's tour.

Addressing students, she spoke of the vital importance of education for girls in developing countries.

She announced two grants which would allow the University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University to run workshops to empower female staff.

Prince Harry also praised Fijian soldiers in the British armed forces, saying he had much respect and admiration for those he had served with in Afghanistan.

He wished the people of Fiji the very best for a successful election in November.

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