Palace: Harry and Meghan to head Down Under later this year

Palace: Harry and Meghan to head Down Under later this year

Darren Sullivan
June 15, 2018

When rumours of the Royal visit Down Under hit on May 21, the Prime Minister declared New Zealand's borders open to the Royal Family "at their lesiure". Fortunately, her husband, Prince Harry, is there to offer words of advice and encouragement. Others, however, were quick to rush to her defense saying that Meghan was bringing a fresh look to the usual "stuffy" royal etiquette.

Australians eager to meet the royal couple may have the opportunity with tickets now available for the event.

On Saturday, Harry and Meghan attended the annual Trooping the Colour parade in London.

Like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, he married his Canada-born wife Autumn at St George's Chapel in Windsor in 2008.

The couple, who just finished their honeymoon, will visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall, according to Kensington Palace.

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The royal pair - who got married in 1981 - travelled 23,701 miles and spent 41 days overseas, but it's not yet known how long the duke and duchess will spend there. The event celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday. The Los Angeles native broke protocol by wearing an off-the-shoulder, blush pink dress by Carolina Herrera, which she styled with a matching Philip Treacy hat.

Now that Meghan Markle is the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex, it's been a series of sartorial firsts as she makes her debut as a member of the royal family. The Queen is nearly always expected to wear gloves, for instance, and other female members of the royal family should never be caught at a fancy event without a hat.

But it's 2018, and Markle is everyone's-er, most people's-favorite rule-breaking-Duchess (gotta love how she wears messy buns all the time, like even to her wedding).

The Games are part of Harry and Meghan's romantic history, as the couple were famously pictured during their first public appearance together at the Invictus Trials in Toronto in 2017.