THE Duchess of Sussex’s visit to a market in Fiji to meet female entrepreneurs was cut short because of security concerns over a large crowd.
Meghan was expected to spend 15 minutes meeting vendors at a market in Suva who are part of the UN Women’s Markets for Change project.
But she lasted about seven minutes after hundreds of people packed into the square nearby straining for a glimpse or a photo of the 37-year-old, while others whooped and sang.
A royal aide said: ‘She met everyone she was meant to meet and left. On advice she was taken out due to crowd management issues.’
Royal sources said there was a ‘security issue’ because of the ‘much bigger crowds than anticipated’ inside the market, making the event ‘uncomfortably busy’. On a hot day in the Fijian capital, the duchess wore a dress by Figue and carried a bag made by women at the market. Vendor Asenaca Salusalu, a farmer, met Meghan, who looked slightly flustered.
Mrs Salusalu said: ‘She didn’t really speak at all, like she was a bit afraid. She just said “Bula” and “Nice to meet you”. But I’m happy to have met her.’
Earlier, Meghan told students at the University of the South Pacific about the trouble she had funding her degree.
‘It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition, I was able to attend university,’ she told students.
‘And, without question, it was worth every effort.’
Harry laid a wreath at the Suva war memorial. Next stop on the 16-day royal tour is Tonga.