Harry and Meghan Fiji visit: Royals hope to return

The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry receives a bowl of grog from Semi Nagatarogo of Nawaka village at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

“WE look forward to returning in the future.”

This was the message from the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry to hundreds of excited Fijians as he prepared to leave for Tonga yesterday.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, were at the Nadi International Airport yesterday attending to their final formal engagement in Fiji.

After an elaborate traditional farewell ceremony by the villagers of Nawaka, Prince Harry unveiled a statue of British Special Air Service (SAS) Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, who lost his life in Oman in 1972.

Brief yet succinct, His Royal Highness took time out to extend his appreciation for the Fijian hospitality rendered to him and Meghan.

“Thank you to the people of Fiji for the warm welcome we’ve received during our visit,” he said. “The Duchess and I are leaving with special memories from your beautiful country and look forward to returning in the future.”

Speaking on behalf of the Fijian people, President Jioji Konrote also noted his heartfelt appreciation for the successful visit.

“Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you go with the love of every Fijian especially as you begin your own family with the arrival of your own baby in the new year,” he said.

“Thank you for coming to Fiji and gracing our shores with your much welcomed, but very short visit. It’s good to know that you’ve promised to come back. May the Almighty God be with you in the years ahead.”

Hundreds of excited royal watchers lined up around the event venue from the early hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of the couple.

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