LOOKING suitably regal, the Duchess of Sussex sits on a makeshift throne in the same spot as generations of royals.
Meghan and Harry were taking part in a traditional welcome ceremony in Suva, the capital of Fiji.
Harry’s grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, were treated to the same welcome in Albert Park in 1953.
Pregnant Meghan wore a white dress by Australian designer Zimmermann, a hat by Stephen Jones and earrings which the Queen had given her, paired with a bracelet from the Prince of Wales.
Thousands of well-wishers waited in rain showers along the 15-mile route from the airport to the park, waving Union and Fijian flags.
During the 45-minute ceremony, which featured chants and dancing, Harry was offered roast pig, a whale’s tooth — a sign of wealth — and the traditional drink kava, made from mashed plant root. The crowd cheered as Harry accepted the bowl and drank the kava.
He then gave the greeting ‘Bula vinaka!’ and continued: ‘The duchess and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the next two days and celebrating the links and close friendship between Fiji and the United Kingdom.’
He signed off with ‘vinaka’ — thank you — to cheers and laughter as dozens of people from the region of Nakelo — known for its links to the British armed forces — performed a traditional dance.
It was the latest stop on the couple’s 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The duchess later cradled her baby bump at a black-tie reception. She wore a full-length Safiyaa dress in ‘Fijian blue’ by German-born London-based designer Daniela Karnuts.
At the dinner, Fijian president Jioji Konrote said Harry’s late mother Diana would be ‘proud of the man’ he had become and that he had found happiness and love with Meghan.
The announcement that 37-year-old Meghan was pregnant was made on the eve of the tour, the couple’s first official engagement abroad. They have already received a number of gifts for the baby, from soft toys to clothes and a changing mat.