Everything you need to know about Meghan and Harry’s 2018 Australian trip

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THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex are the most beloved couple in the world, having just four months ago had the most-watched wedding of the century.

The cute couple put a wild preacher into a stifling St. George’s Cathedral and watched all their friends and family squirm, and the world loved them for it.

This week Prince Harry and Meghan will be in Australia to bless our shores with their love, in a tour that, according to a press release from Kensington Palace, will “focus on youth

leadership, and projects being undertaken by young people to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the region”.

There are three major opportunities for the public to meet with the newlyweds and shake hands or publicly faint, and we have all the details.

The couple’s first official royal tour will include time in other Commonwealth countries, including Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, but the pair will be on our shores for a total of nine days, with a stacked itinerary that includes public picnics, farm visits and a “Fluro Friday” for mental health.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

The Duke and Duchess are expected to touch down in Australia on Monday, October 15, but they’re aiming for a low-key entrance.

They’ve opted not to have a public welcoming ceremony at the airport, and will instead start official tour business the following day.

The first official day of Harry and Meghan’s Australian tour will begin with the couple meeting the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lady Cosgrove. They’ll be joined by representatives from the Invictus Games (the main purpose of the couple’s visit) to take in the “spectacular views”.

Then the young royals are going to the zoo where they will meet two baby koalas.

They will then catch a ferry to the Opera House where they’ll watch a rehearsal by the Bangarra Dance Company and walk along the forecourt with an opportunity to “meet members of the public”.

Prince Harry and Meghan will then return to the Governor-General’s house, for a “reception”, which is where we assume Harry will finally get to have a beer or two.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Next Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan will fly to the NSW city of Dubbo where they will “see first-hand the hardships local farmers are facing by visiting a local property.”

The Duke and Duchess will then host a public picnic in a park in Dubbo and everybody is invited. Meghan has done a lot of charity work based around food, including a cookbook she created with victims of the Grenfell Fire to raise money for their plight.

The Duchess loves to connect through sharing food, writing in the book’s foreword: “Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy — in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy — something we can all relate to.”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

On Thursday, Meghan and Harry will arrive in Melbourne, meeting more members of the public before being received by politicians at government house. They’ll be met by youth leaders, including those from The Man Cave and This Girl Can initiatives.

The Duke and Duchess will then visit a social initiative offering training to indigenous youth, which is wonderful. But then they’ll have to catch a tram, which any out-of-towner who’s visited Melbourne will know can be problematic. Do they have myki cards? Can you be a royal and also a fare evader?

They will then receive a talk about local wildlife preservation at Port Phillip Bay, which is code for Princess Meghan potentially getting to cuddle a local baby penguin.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

On Friday morning Harry and Meghan will be at Sydney’s Bondi Beach where they will do some of the most Bondi activities ever.

They will be spending time with OneWave, an initiative that engages with mental health in a fun and engaging way, according to Kensington Palace. The couple will take part in OneWave’s “Fluro Friday” session, where people of all ages share their experiences of mental health issues and will have the opportunity to interact with others enjoying yoga and surfing.

Later that day they will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with Scott Morrison, and triumphantly mount the Invictus Games flag on the apex of the bridge which will mark the beginning of the Invictus Games.

They will then meet with Bill Shorten along with Morrison at Admiralty House.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 AND 21

Harry and Meghan will be kicking off their weekend on Cockatoo Island and in the Domain where they’ll watch watching the Invictus Games, which were created by Prince Harry. The Invictus Games are competitive sports events for wounded service people, and the 2018 Games, hosted in Sydney, will see 18 different nations represented.

MONDAY OCTOBER 22

On their last day Down Under before jetting off for a South Pacific spell, Harry and Meghan will travel to Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland. They will meet with local elders and learn about the island’s rich indigenous history. They will also learn about the island’s use as a training camp for troops in WWII. The Duke and Duchess will then depart for Fiji.

But that’s not all.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 26

On the 27th of October the Duke and Duchess will return to Sydney to attend the Australian

Geographic Society Awards. Harry and Meghan will present awards to honour conservation in nature.

SATURDAY OCTOBER 27

The next day and final day, they will attend the last day of the Invictus Games. This will include the wheelchair basketball final and the closing ceremony where Harry will give a speech.

You can follow the newlyweds movements through Australia at news.com.au.

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