PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have waved goodbye to royal watchers Down Under, jetting off to the Pacific for four days of engagements that will bring global attention to environmental and education causes.
They were greeted by crowds of fans in Queensland’s Hervey Bay after spending the night on Fraser Island.
Their two-day stay in Fiji will kick off with an official welcome upon touching down in Suva in the afternoon, followed by a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will then head to Tonga.
It has been a jam-packed trip so far for the couple who announced Meghan’s pregnancy after landing in Sydney.
After a gruelling week of engagements, the Duchess cut back on some appearances on Sunday so she could rest.
However she bounced back on Monday to join the duke on the world’s biggest sand island, also known as K’gari.
Meghan spent most of the day at a luxury resort, avoiding the bumpy terrain Harry needed to traverse to carry out his official engagements. Harry was there to unveil a plaque adding the holiday destination’s 83,757 hectares of pristine rainforests to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
MEGHAN’S PRINCES DI MOMENT
The Duchess of Sussex pushed the boundaries of royal fashion yesterday, sporting a daring Reformation sundress ($A308) with a thigh-high split.
Reformation is an ethical fashion label based in Los Angeles — where the former Suits star was raised.
After a gruelling week of engagements, the Duchess cut back on some planned appearances on Sunday so she could rest.
However, she bounced back yesterday to join the Duke on Queensland’s Fraser Island.
After Prince Harry flew solo on official engagements on the island, the Duchess rejoined her husband for an afternoon stroll along the island’s Kingfisher Bay jetty, delighting locals.
Meghan, 37, surprised onlookers with a linen maxi dress featuring a daring thigh-high slit highlighted by a button.
The sheer style of Meghan’s dress has been compared to a see-through dress Princess Diana wore in 1980 at the start of her relationship with Prince Charles.
It was one of the first photos of the future royal that captured a rare royal style faux pas.
The couple left Fraser Island earlier today, after spending the night in a villa, and were shuttled down to a waiting charter boat at the Kingfisher Bay Resort jetty just after 9am
before heading back to Hervey Bay.
In contrast to yesterday, only a handful of curious tourists were on hand to witness the low-key farewell.
The couple waved to fans through the window of an SUV and held hands as they boarded the boat leaving the island.
Meghan and Harry’s arrival in Fiji’s capital of Suva will be followed by two days of engagements focused on the environment and education before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex head to Tonga.
In the meantime, Harry’s Invictus Games for wounded defence veterans continues in Sydney.
The Duke and Duchess are expected to catch some of the final events when they return to the Harbour City on Friday.
They are due to jet off to New Zealand on Sunday for the last stops on their 16-day tour.