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Overwhelmed with warm welcome says Prince Harry

October 23, 2018 7:51 pm

Speaking at the State dinner last night at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry noted that he and Meghan were overwhelmed by the warm Fijian welcome they received from when they arrived at Nausori Airport right through to the traditional welcome at Albert Park.

He says it has really been a privilege for him and his wife to be in Fiji.

The Duke reflected on Fiji’s long tradition of welcoming Royal visitors and the close relationship and friendship shared with Britain.

He noted that our two countries share Commonwealth values and common goals – a love of rugby and a sense of humour! Our ties run deep he says.

Paying homage, Prince Harry highlighted how Fijian soldiers fought with the British Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars and continue to serve alongside our soldiers to this day, with more than 1,250 Fijians currently serving.

Emphasizing his respect, admiration and camaraderie with the Fijian soldiers he served with in Afghanistan, Prince Harry talked about how they trained together, fought together, and most importantly laughed together.

He says this visit is particularly nostalgic for the young married couple with his grandparents staying in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years.

However, he noted that the visit is also an opportunity to learn more about the future of Fiji, its economic growth, sustainable tourism development and social enterprises.

“We are really looking forward to meeting the students at the University of the South Pacific and the young leaders from all walks of life. The health and sustainability of this planet depends on the younger generation, and they are full of optimism so let’s listen to them.”

The Duke also elaborated on the British government’s increasing support for Fiji which he says he’s proud of and that there is a long-standing collaboration between the UK and Fiji on climate change; and in fact, the UK just hosted its own Talanoa on climate change across Great Britain earlier this month.

He says they look to Fiji to provide leadership on environmental issues which affect all of us.

Adding that Fiji is a proud and vibrant culture whose people are so gentle but proud, honourable and resourceful.

Your country he says has demonstrated its fortitude and resilience by rebuilding your communities following the devastating Cyclone Winston two years ago. You continue to smile, you continue to have hope, and you continue to share what you have with others, the Duke added.

All over the world Fiji is renowned for its incredible natural beauty and hospitality the Prince says and that he and her Royal Highness Meghan feel very lucky to be spending part of their tour here as guests.

The Duke concluding that he wishes the people of Fiji the very best for a successful election in November.