They are rumored to have opted for a staycation instead of a far-flung honeymoon after exchanging vows last month. However the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex are headed overseas later this year on a four-country international jaunt. The newlyweds will jet to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand in the autumn on an official royal tour, Kensington Palace announced this week, with their itinerary coinciding with this year’s Invictus Games
The tournament, first launched by HRH The Duke of Sussex in 2014, brings together wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women from around the world to compete in 11 sports. This year’s Games will be held in Sydney from October 20 to 27; last year’s tournament was held in Toronto, where Prince Harry and the-then Meghan Markle made their first public appearance, just months before their engagement was announced.
The couple also attended Invictus Games team trials in the UK in April this year, shortly before they wed on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Touchingly, the royals will be following in the footsteps of Prince Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, the late Princess of Wales, who made their first royal tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1983. While Charles and Diana visited locations including Sydney Opera House and Ayers Rock, details about which landmarks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take in are yet to be confirmed.
Prince Harry’s brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also visited Australia and New Zealand in recent years, traveling with an 8-month-old Prince George back in 2014. The couple also embarked on an overseas tour shortly after their wedding in 2011, heading to Canada and the United States just two months after they tied the knot.