Meghan Markle's visit to a Fijian market was cut short due to 'crowd management issues'

Ian Vogler / Pool / Getty ImagesMeghan, Duchess of Sussex, visits a market on Wednesday in Suva, Fiji.
  • Meghan Markle‘s security whisked her away from a market visit in Fiji on Wednesday.
  • Kensington Palace later cited “crowd management issues” as the cause of the trip’s premature finish.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently visiting Fiji as part of their 16-day royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.
  • The duchess was on one of her only solo engagements on the tour when her security decided to intervene.

Meghan Markle greeted thousands of fans at a Fijian market for all of eight minutes before being whisked away because of “crowd management issues” on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently visiting Fiji as part of their 16-day royal tour, which has already seen them travel around Australia and open the Invictus Games, an international sporting event created by Prince Harry for wounded and recovering veterans and active service people.

Since starting the royal tour, Markle – who is about four months pregnant – has cut back her schedule of engagements to rest, leaving Harry to attend some on his own.

The duchess was making a solo engagement of her own, however, when her security decided to intervene.

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She was visiting a market in the Fijian capital of Suva to find out about the UN Women’s project Markets for Change when her entourage decided to scuttle her out of the venue.

According to Sky News, Kensington Palace initially said this was because of “uncomfortable conditions” but later said the visit was cut short because of “crowd management issues.”

“Personally, it looked like an over reaction to me,” Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English tweeted at the time. “I’ve seen far more chaotic crowd scenes. But, and this is a big but, she is pregnant so it could be that the palace were being cautious.”

Meghan’s pregnancy was announced on October 15, at the start of the couple’s tour. She is due to give birth in spring 2019.

The duke and duchess will travel to Tonga before returning to Australia for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. They will round off their tour in New Zealand.

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