Fijians feel ‘honoured’ after royal visit

Elena Naisua (left) holds a play card with Liku Ilisabeta during the farewell of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Nadi International Airport earlier today. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

GOODBYES are often touted as difficult.

And this was something most Fijians gathered in Nadi today experienced after seeing in person the Duke and Duchess who had visited, and captivated, Fiji and her people in just three short days.

For Elena Neisua and Liku Ilisabeta from Nawaka, Nadi, it was a heartfelt moment to witness Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle visiting their small but beloved island nation.

“Honoured” to witness a once-in-a-lifetime visit, they felt it their civic duty to echo the sentiments of fellow Fijians as they stood in the sweltering heat with a ‘Safe trip Harry and Meghan, God bless from Fiji’ placard.

Their message was one that resonated with almost every Fijian who had the chance to follow the royal couple’s visit to Fiji.

Their departure from Fiji came after a whirlwind visit to the country, with promises of a future return by Prince Harry stoking further public interest.

The couple are now in Tonga and expected to return to Australia for the closing of the Invictus Games. They will then visit New Zealand before returning to London, England.