- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived in Fiji for the second leg of their royal tour of the British Commonwealth.
- The Duchess of Sussex was spotted cradling her baby bump for a second time at a state banquet hosted by the president of Fiji.
- Fans can’t get enough of Markle’s maternal instincts.
- Markle and Harry’s visit to Fiji is the first made by any member of the royal family since a military coup in 2006.
The couple attended a grand welcoming ceremony on the Pacific archipelago, followed by a state dinner hosted by the president of Fiji. It was Markle’s first state dinner since becoming a royal, the Evening Standard reported.
For the black-tie event, the duchess wore a £1,095 ($US1,431) bright blue caped gown by Safiyaa.
The dress clung tightly to Markle’s baby bump, which she was seen cradling gently.
It’s not the first time Markle’s baby bump has melted hearts on the royal tour – on Monday, the duke and duchess took a stroll around Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia.
“The Duchess of Sussex craddling [sic] her baby bump made my day,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Is it weird that I’m obsessed with Meghan the Duchess of Sussex’s baby bump?” wrote another.
— Elaine Warren (@ElaineCatherine) October 21, 2018
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.
Markle and Harry’s visit to Fiji is the first made by any member of the royal family since a military coup in 2006 that led the Commonwealth to suspend Fiji’s membership.
The island nation was reinstated in 2014 following a democratic election.
The duke and duchess are now into their second week of the royal tour, which has seen them travel to Australia and open the Invictus Games, an international sporting event created by Harry for wounded and recovering veterans and active service people.
The couple will travel to Tonga before returning to Australia for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games and then round off their tour in New Zealand.
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