Prince Harry and Meghan Markle headed to New Zealand

  • 11/06/2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be making their way to Aotearoa later this year.

Kensington Palace has announced the pair will visit New Zealand along with Australia, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga.

The announcement said that the royals had been invited to New Zealand by the government.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the upcoming visit is "wonderful news".

"I know Prince Harry really enjoyed his last visit here in 2015 and I'm sure New Zealanders will want the Duchess of Sussex to also experience our warm hospitality and manaakitanga on her first visit here as a member of the Royal family."

Meghan Markle had previously expressed her love for New Zealand in her now-defunct blog, The Tig.

"This is the Duchess's second visit to our country and I know New Zealanders will be very much looking forward to welcoming her back," the Prime Minister added.

Their tour will coincide with the fourth Invictus Games, created by Prince Harry, to be held in Sydney in October.

Prince Harry's mother Diana also opted to visit New Zealand and Australia for her first royal tour after she married Prince Charles.