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Meghan Markle and Harry's royal tour: Dates and itinerary for couple's first tour revealed

Mirror logo Mirror 10/09/2018 Hana Carter
Prince Harry et al. wearing a suit and tie: The royal couple will be leaving for Australia on October 16 © AFP The royal couple will be leaving for Australia on October 16

Prince Harry will be travelling across the world with Meghan Markle this Autumn in a trip that mirrors one his parents took in 1983.

The newlyweds have been invited to visit the commonwealth realms of Australia and New Zealand, Kensington Palace confirmed this morning.

a man and a woman looking at the camera © Credits: AFP Their trip starts in Australia, where they will be attending the Invictus Games Sydney - the worldwide sporting event created by Harry.

They will also visit Dubbo, Melbourne and Fraser Island, before travelling to Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zeland.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be making a similar trip to Diana's first royal tour.

Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Charles are posing for a picture © Credits: Tim Graham Photo Library During Diana's visit, she and Prince Charles travelled 23,601 miles and spent 31 days overseas. They spent time at the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock and Alice Springs.

The Duke and Duchess's trip will mark another big milestone for Meghan, who made her first appearance at Trooping the Colour on Saturday.

The couple will embark on their travels on October 16 and they won't return until the end of the month. They will visit Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

a man and a woman in a wedding dress © Credits: Getty Images Europe Their programme will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts – including the dedication of several new Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy projects.

Known for their part in charity work, the couple will also be tackling the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Harry and Meghan will be welcomed 'with open arms' when the sporting event begins.

a person holding a baby: Prince William is seen with his mother during their 1983 official visit to New Zealand © Credits: Getty Images Prince William is seen with his mother during their 1983 official visit to New Zealand

He said: "As the founder of the Invictus Games, the Duke of Sussex has become a champion for war veterans around the world, including in Australia,

"His attendance, alongside the Duchess of Sussex, will be a wonderful highlight for the more than 500 competitors and thousands of spectators."

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Harry and Meghan will be focusing on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts © Credits: AFP Harry and Meghan will be focusing on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts

The country is familiar with royal visits - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent over a fortnight in Australia and New Zealand in 2014.

Kensington Palace said the couple had been "bowled over by the extraordinary warm welcome shown to them."

Further details of Harry and Meghan's tour will be announced in the lead-up to their departure.

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