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Prince Harry and wife Meghan confirm visit to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, dressed formally, sit in an open carriage with a man in similar garb and a very tall hat Photo: Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the 2018 Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London. (AP: Frank Augstein)

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will be touring Australia this spring.

The Royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour, which also includes Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for October 20-27.

Meghan Markle wearing a white shirt and jeans and Prince Harry in a black T-Shirt watching wheelchair tennis from the crowd. Photo: Prince Harry and his then-girlfriend Meghan watch the wheelchair tennis during the 2017 games in Canada. (Reuters: Mark Blinch)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he welcomed this morning’s announcement.

Prince Harry on deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan Photo: Prince Harry in southern Afghanistan in 2008. (Reuters/Pool)

“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,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Lucy and I look forward to hosting their visit and watching the remarkable feats of Invictus athletes from around the world.”

Prince Harry spent time serving with the British military in Afghanistan and was the first British Royal to be sent into combat in more than a quarter of a century.

He created the Paralympic-style games as a way to inspire wounded soldiers toward recovery.

About 550 competitors from 17 countries competed in 12 sports during the event in Canada last year.

On Saturday the Royal couple joined the pageantry of the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.

The event celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday.

Prince Harry plays the didgeridoo Photo: Prince Harry plays the didgeridoo with Australian sportsman Darren Robinson at the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida. (Supplied: Department of Defence/Jayson Tufrey)

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