"Crowd management issues" causes Meghan's trip to market to be cut short

"Crowd management issues" causes Meghan's trip to market to be cut short

The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji's capital Wednesday due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space.

The aide added: "She met everyone she was meant to meet and left".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no other official engagements for the day and are now at a private location ahead of their final engagement in Fiji tomorrow at the Nadi International Airport tomorrow morning where the Duke will unveil the statue of Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba.

"On advice she was taken out due to crowd management issues".

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Meghan had visited Suva Market to meet some of the female vendors who have been involved in the U.N. Women's project "Markets for Change".

Mrs Salusalu, 50, a farmer from the village of Nukulau, more than 100 kilometres from Suva, has been a stallholder at the market for nine years, selling root crops, vegetables and fruits.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Meanwhile Prince Harry was at the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park, an indigenous forest site housing many flora and fauna native to Fiji, and species including the Fiji Tree Frog.

The Duchess of Sussex used the speech to speak about the importance of access to education for all during her first official speech during the royal tour of Fiji, and only her second ever as a member of the royal family.

They said: "Before entering the market where there were scores of people all cheering and waving inside with their phones held up to record, Meghan leant over and whispered into the ear of one of her aides".

"It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition, that I was able to attend university".

"And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital".

The duchess announced two grants for the Fiji National University and the University of the South Pacific, allowing each of them to run workshops to empower their female staff.

On Tuesday, the couple attended a state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel and Harry said Fiji and Britain shared a love of rugby and a sense of humor. "My grandparents stayed in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years". The tour was scheduled for Spring 2019. The couple will then finish their trip with a four-day visit to New Zealand.

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