Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Australia

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Melbourne
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Melbourne Photo: PA

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will visit Melbourne and Sydney next month as part of their planned trip to Australia for the Invictus Games.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the Australian government had invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to undertake an official visit to Australia between October 16 and 28.

Kensington Palace confirmed the couple would spend one night, October 18, in Melbourne.

Members of the Trinity College Royalist Society [University of Melbourne] meet Princess Diana and present her with long ...
Members of the Trinity College Royalist Society [University of Melbourne] meet Princess Diana and present her with long stemmed roses at the opening of the Bourke Street Mall. Photo: John Lamb

Australia will be their first stop on a three-week tour of the region, which includes visits to Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand.

Along with Melbourne and Sydney, their Royal Highnesses will travel to Dubbo in NSW and Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland.

Prince Harry is expected to open the Invictus Games in Sydney before the royals head to other stops around the country.

It's an event close to Prince Harry's heart after he founded the international Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans.

He came to Sydney last year to spruik the upcoming contest in October.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex' visit is set to be the most anticipated royal event since Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in 2014.


It's not the first the Royal Family has stirred public fever, with Harry's parents and grandparents sparking thousands to line the streets to catch a glimpse of the blue bloods.

Vast crowds gathered at every public appearance of the Prince and Princess of Wales when they visited Victoria to celebrate the state's 150th anniversary in 1985.

The "People’s Princess" won over hearts, including when the pair attended the Melbourne Cup. 

The Age from April 6, 1970. The day The Queen watched the footy at the MCG.
The Age from April 6, 1970. The day The Queen watched the footy at the MCG. Photo: Microfilm

Prince Charles was no stranger to Victoria having spent two terms at Timbertop, the rural campus of Geelong Grammar School.

His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was the first reigning monarch to visit Australia in a trip that included greeting 70,000 ex-servicemen and women at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, now known as Prince Phillip, in 1954.

The Queen continued to make trips down under up until the early 1990s, returning to the MCG in 1970.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he looked forward to welcoming the Duke and Duchess to Australia.

Former actress Meghan met Prince Harry on a blind date organised by a friend in July 2016.

The world went into meltdown when the couple announced their engagement in November last year.

Tens of millions of people tuned in to see them wed at Windsor Castle on May 19.

Reverend Michael Curry stole the show, going off-script to deliver a stirring sermon about the power of love, that referenced Martin Luther King and slavery.

He drew puzzled and amused looks from the pews, including from the royal family, where sat at least a few guests whose inherited wealth would have benefited from the trade.

"Power to change the world! If you don't believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America's Antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love, and why it has the power to transform,” Reverend Curry said, impressing millions outside chapel.

Australian-born Princess Mary of Denmark and her husband Prince Fredrik will also join the British royals during their trip to Sydney for the games.

Celebrities David and Victoria Beckham are also travelling down under for the games.

The ex-professional football player was last month announced as an ambassador of the games.

"I can’t wait to be part of the energy and the excellence of the games this year," he wrote on Instagram in August.

The palace had previously confirmed that the couple would tour Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand.

It will be their first official royal tour as husband and wife.

In April, the duchess let slip that a trip to Sydney for the Invictus Games was locked in so Prince Harry could attend the event.

In a statement, the Palace said that Prince Harry and Meghan’s program across the four countries would focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games.

Tour Outline

  • Tuesday 16th October: Sydney, Australia
  • Wednesday 17th October: Dubbo, Australia
  • Thursday 18th October: Melbourne, Australia
  • Friday 19th October: Sydney, Australia
  • Saturday 20th October: Sydney, Australia
  • Sunday 21st October: Sydney, Australia
  • Monday 22nd October: Fraser Island, Australia
  • Tuesday 23rd October: Suva, Fiji
  • Wednesday 24th October: Suva, Fiji
  • Thursday 25th October: Nadi, Fiji and Nuku’alofa, Tonga
  • Friday 26th October: Nuku’alofa, Tonga and Sydney, Australia
  • Saturday 27th October: Sydney, Australia
  • Sunday 28th October: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Monday 29th October: Wellington and Abel Tasman, New Zealand
  • Tuesday 30th October: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wednesday 31st October: Rotorua, New Zealand