11 Jun 2018

Royal visit confirmed: Harry and Meghan coming to NZ

2:36 pm on 11 June 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will make their first official visit together to New Zealand in October, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex begins her carriage procession with Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in the Ascot Landau Carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / CHRIS JACKSON

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex after their their wedding ceremony at Windsor on 19 May. Photo: AFP

Prince Harry visited New Zealand for the first time in 2015, and the Duchess has also previously travelled in the country.

The Royal couple will also visit Fiji and Tonga.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed confirmation of the couple's visit, which will take place around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney.

"It's wonderful news that the Duke and Duchess are coming to New Zealand as part of their first major tour outside the United Kingdom and I look forward to welcoming them here," Ms Ardern said in a statement.

"I know Prince Harry really enjoyed his last visit here in 2015 and I'm sure New Zealanders will want the Duchess of Sussex to also experience our warm hospitality and manaakitanga on her first visit here as a member of the Royal family.

"This is the Duchess's second visit to our country and I know New Zealanders will be very much looking forward to welcoming her back."

The visit is still in the planning stage and further details regarding dates and the itinerary will be released closer to their arrival, the prime minister said.

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