Meghan in Martin Grant for Tonga Engagements!

The Duke and Duchess carried out a number of engagements during their whirlwind visit to Tonga.

Their first port of call was a meeting with Prime Minister of Tonga Akilisi Pohiva.

Rebecca English shared a look at the Tongan red carpet.

A very warm welcome for the royals.

‘The couple were also met by Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Lafu Kioa Sika and more than 50 civil servants wearing red and black shirts and traditional outfits as they entered the St George Government Buildings for the meeting, most of which was held in private.

 One child held a sign saying ‘free hugs’ which drew a smile from Meghan after she spotted it. The couple then took the lift to meet the Prime Minister, with Prince Harry asking ‘Did you enjoy last night? The entertainment was very good’. 

He was referring to a display of traditional Tongan entertainment after a formal dinner with King Tupou VI. The Duke and Duchess were garlanded as they arrived for the noisy celebration.’

The adorable ‘Free Hugs’ sign.

And a hug from Harry 🙂

A spectacular Tongan welcome for the Duke and Duchess!

From there, Harry and Meghan attended an exhibition with the Princess Angelika at the Faonelua Centre, celebrating Tongan handicrafts and products, including traditional mats and ‘tapa’ cloth. The couple met local Tongan traders and craftsmen.

The Duke and Duchess watched a beautiful solo dance, known as a Ta’ulunga, at a National Youth Event at Fa’omelua Convention Centre.

The Mail reports: “Inside they sat on two throne-like chairs in the centre of the room, while Princess Angelika, delivered her short address after a prayer was read. The princess said the royal couple were ‘an inspiration to the youth of the Commonwealth’ for ‘shining a light on youth empowerment’. She said the ‘historical highlight’ in relations between Britain and Tonga had been the Queen’s visit to the island in 1953.’ Your visit today draws attention to the fundamentals of today’s youth, youth leadership, youth empowerment and addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of our region. Your visits inspires and has been an inspiration for the youth of Tonga to be the best they can be. You are a beacon of hope to us all. Shining a light and being an inspiration to youth across the Commonwealth.’ The princess, a diplomat herself, called the visit by the Duke and Duchess the ‘ultimate diplomacy’.”
The Duchess wore the Striped Cotton Dress by her go-to Australian designer for the trip, Martin Grant. The green stripe dress has a button-down silhouette, mandarin collar, circle skirt and belted accent at the waist. The dress is available at Moda Operandi.

The dress is from the designer’s Spring 2019 Collection.

People reports:

“It’s wonderful to be represented by such a beautiful, modern and stylish woman,” Grant tells PEOPLE. “I also think that her look has been unintimidating, which is perfect for her role in meeting the people of Australia, who tend to be quite laid back.”

The Duchess accessorised with her Birks Bee Chic earrings.

It very much looks like Meghan wore the same green pumps from Prince Louis’ christening. 

I’m off to work on that post now!