Princess brings joy

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle on her way to meet the women market vendors at the Suva Municipal Market. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE  Suva Municipal Market, up until Tuesday, had been the same ordinary place where everyone goes.

We go there for different reasons– to scout for succulent pawpaws, shop for pure Kadavu waka, meet friends and buy from our favourite bila vendor.

There is no arguing that the market best represents Fiji’s kaleidoscope of colours, races, languages and beliefs.

“With its vendors and their wares from different cultures, it is not only Suva’s major food supplier and a means of livelihood for thousands of people, but is also a celebration – a six-day fair,” is how the Suva City Council describes the market in its official website.

And talking about celebration, the market rocked with wild excitement as thousands of people flocked there to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.

This was during their maiden trip to Oceania as husband and wife. As early as 8am, while people were still rushing to work and school, the market was slowly transforming into a hive of festivities.

Women vendors were serenading local tunes dressed in blue and matching accessories.

By 10am, when the duchess was scheduled to tour the market and meet women vendors who are part of the UN’s Market for Change (M4C) project, the area was jam packed and at times authorities found it challenging to control the eager crowd.

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