Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will head to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Tonga for 16 days later this month
Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, will be heading to Australia and New Zealand this month on the couple’s first ever royal tour together. The trip will be the royal couple’s first ever official tour together. A royal insider has revealed how Meghan will be preparing for the journey.
The former member of the Queen’s Household explained that the Duchess of Sussex will have a whole team behind her to help.
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“The Duchess of Sussex will have a team of Royal aids within the palace that are there to assist her in every way to prepare for her formal engagements,” etiquette expert Myka Meier, who now runs Beaumont Etiquette, told Cosmopolitan.
Meghan will have to learn how to greet and address the senior people she will be meeting on the trip. She’ll be briefed ahead of each event during the tour on who she will be meeting. The team will help her with the important topics she should speak about and how to show respect.
All eyes will be on Meghan’s wardrobe as she visits the various countries on the tour, too. “For instance, if in a country they visit it’s a sign of respect to dress in a certain way, they will do so,” Meier said. Royals are often seen on their travels wearing outfits by local designers. This shows both respect and support for that country.
She and her husband Harry will be expected to embrace any local customs in place.
For instance, Kate Middleton, 36, did this when she and Prince William, 36, visited Bhutan in 2016. The Duchess of Cambridge donned a handwoven Bhutanese-inspired outfit during an archery session.
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Meghan’s royal preparation will also cover how to address the leaders they meet during the trip.
About Meghan Markel
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle. Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002. She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011. She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004. But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference. She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement. They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart. She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family. Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III. But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage. She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.