The Duchess is Casual for Flight to Fiji

Meghan was in casual separates for today’s 3-1/2 hour charter flight to Fiji.

A video of the couple boarding their plane.

And a lengthier report via The Morning Show.

With apologies, we have not been able to license any photos, but the link in the next sentence does have pictures. More on the next leg of the tour from Australia:

Their arrival in Fiji’s capital of Suva later today will be followed by two days of engagements focused on the environment and education before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex head to Tonga.

The flight carrying staff, journalists and the royals is expected to land in Fiji around 3:30 pm local time, that is 12:30 am EDT; this is an hour earlier than expected according to local media. A quick reminder that if you need help translating time zones, our little tour clock widget is now on Fiji time. A look at the menu for today’s flight, courtesy of ITV’s Rupert Evelyn.

Nick Dixon of ITV is in Fiji and shared photos of the last minute preps underway.

The red carpet is being rolled out for the royal guests.   

Here’s what we can expect when the Duke and Duchess arrive:

  • They will be greeted by a guard of honour at the airport in Nausori.
  • The couple will call on His Excellency, President Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva, shown below.
  • They will then be officially welcomed in a ceremony at Albert Park which will mirror the format of the ceremony attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953. Below, HM and the Duke arriving in 1953.
  • Here is a video with coverage of the 1953 visit.

Meghan and Harry will then head to the iconic Grand Pacific Hotel

The Hotel website has some great background on the property’s history.

The Grand Pacific Hotel has been an icon of the South Pacific for over a century. Totally rebuilt, the Hotel reopened in May 2014 on the hundredth anniversary of its original opening and has already regained its place as the “grand old lady” of the Pacific – a wonderful blend of fascinating colonial architecture and history combined with magnificent Fijian hospitality and friendliness.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at a state ball held in her honor in 1953.

HM has been to the Grand Pacific three times.

More about the suite from

..this suite is symbolic of the splendour of colonial days past. Overlooking Albert Park, the suite opens onto to the largest balcony at the Grand Pacific Hotel – the very place where Queen Elizabeth II stood and greeted her subjects to huge acclaim and international publicity shortly after she became Queen in 1953.

Tonight we will see another royal reception and dinner at the hotel. It will be the first time we see the Duchess in formalwear.

We have a very cursory glance at what we think Meghan wore today.The Duchess wore a pair of jeans that we haven’t yet been able to ID, as well as a white blouse. It is not the J Crew linen shirt that we have seen before, nor is it the Misha Nonoo Husband shirt.

She had on a new pair of shoes IDed by Gemma of Food, Fash, Fit, a studded suede style from Aquazzura called the DJ Mule ($555).

It looked like Meghan had on the same necklaces worn yesterday, the Adina Reyter Pavé Teardrop Necklace ($418), as well as the Pascale Monvoisin Cauri Nº2 Necklace ($475). We’ll leave you with a graphic that may help in planning how you watch the royal visit. The Fiji Times is promoting its live coverage of the visit.

If interested in following the Fiji Times coverage, the paper’s Facebook page is here, its Instagram page is here and its Twitter feed is here.

UPDATE: Here is a report filed by The Fiji Times at roughly 3:15 p.m.

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  1. I imagine the last minute walkabout on Kingfisher Pier changed Meghan and Harry’s timetable a bit but it looks like they made their charter flight on Quantas! They look comfy for the 3.5 hour flight and from the looks of the menu they, and everyone else on the flight, will enjoy a fantastic meal. Harry and Meghan will have to change onboard…that’s not easy!

    • Qantas, not Quantas. It’s an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services. You’re not the first to make that mistake, and won’t be the last! 🙂

  2. I love your website – how you not only give us a run down on what Meghan wore but also info on the events attended with historical references. Good job and well done!

  3. love the Zimmerman dress that Meg was wearing when they arrived in Fiji. Stunning and elegant!!. The blue formal dress that Meg wears for the gala night event is amazing, gorgeous colour and looks like the colour of the ocean. Love it!!
    Did you check the Qantas menu – Banana lollies and caramello bears, how cute!!

  4. Great to see old favourites of white shirt and jeans for travel — the old Meghan is still there. Those shoes are wild, I remain mystified as to how folk can remain attached to mules once they are active in the outside world, I won’t risk mine outside the house. But studded mules are a whole new dimension — a savvy pick!

    • I’m just not graceful enough to wear them lol. My feet always fall out. So now I am jealous of the royals’ ability to wear mules, and stilettos, ha.

  5. Talk about ultra casual. Harry and Meghan look like someone left with their suitcases, leaving them scrambling to find something to wear. Then again, who doesn’t want to be comfortable on a plane? I love Meghan’s shoes and am pleased for her when she forgets the stilettos and goes for comfort.

    Really enjoyed the video of the Queen and Prince Philip in Fiji in 1953. My how times have changed.


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