THE Duchess of Sussex suffered a fashion faux pas when she wore a striking red dress on her arrival in the Pacific nation of Tonga.
As she and husband Harry walked down the plane steps, the label on Meghan’s Self-Portrait dress was still attached.
It was still visible as the couple were greeted at Fua’amotu airport by staff carrying a banner saying ‘Welcome Harry and Meghan’.
The duchess, 37, had changed into the £345 dress after earlier wearing a green Jason Wu fitted frock in Nadi, western Fiji. There, in one of his final engagements on the islands, Harry unveiled a memorial for a British-Fijian SAS soldier who died in battle.
Sgt Talaiasi Labalaba single-handedly held off 250 insurgents from the Popular Front for the Liberation of the Occupied Arabian Gulf after being shot in the jaw during the battle of Mirbat in Oman in 1972.
Sgt Labalaba was posthumously mentioned in dispatches for his bravery. After the ceremony, Fiji’s president, Maj Gen Jioji Konrote, told the royal couple: ‘Thank you for coming to Fiji and gracing us with your much welcome but very short visit. It’s good to know that you promise to come back. May Almighty God be with you now and in the future.’
Harry thanked Fijians for their warm welcome and added: ‘The duchess and I are leaving with special memories of your beautiful country and look forward to returning in the future.’
Tonga was the next stop for the couple, who are on a packed 16-day tour.
They attended a private audience with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u which was followed by an official reception and dinner.
In her third outfit of the day, the duchess wore a white full-length evening dress by Theia Couture.
A band played Imagine by John Lennon as she and Harry, 34, mingled with guests at the reception at Consular House.
Today the royals were due to meet Tongan prime minister Akilisi Pohiva before visiting the oldest secondary school in the Pacific and dedicating two forest reserves to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project.
They will then return to Sydney before travelling to New Zealand.
Kensington Palace announced on the eve of the tour that Meghan is expecting a baby next spring.