The Duke and Duchess of Sussex headed Down Under for an extensive tour in October 2018, just five months after tying the knot. The couple’s debut tour kicked off to an exciting start with the announcement that they were expecting their first child, with Meghan 12 weeks’ pregnant when they touched down in Sydney.
Their jam-packed schedule saw them carry out 26 engagements in 16 days across four countries, including New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
But despite the fast pace, the prince and his American-born wife managed to briefly sneak away from royal duties for an intimate dinner while in Sydney.
The authors of Finding Freedom said the pair headed to a private property in the coastal city where they were met with Meghan’s best friend Jessica Mulroney and her husband Ben for a double date night.
The four were treated to a sumptuous five-course meal cooked by a private chef.
In their book, royal biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: “In Sydney to take on engagements and host the fourth Invictus Games, Harry and Meghan managed to sneak out for an evening off with Jessica and Ben Mulroney, the latter of whom was covering the Games for Canada’s CTV network.
“A real estate billionaire loaned them his home for an intimate and completely secret evening with a five-course meal prepared for a private chef.”
The book also mentioned how Harry and Meghan took some time-out from royal duties while in Fiji.
The Sussexes enjoyed a romantic evening at Vatuvara Private Islands resort.
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Guests can take part in water sports and activities such as diving, snorkelling and golfing,
The luxurious resort also offers guests the chance to head to an uninhabited island nearby where they will be treated to a champagne picnic.
Meghan and Harry’s trip marked their first official overseas royal tour as a married couple.
Their tour included a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, where they met a koala and doted on local children.
The couple also attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.
As the event overan by nearly two hours, royal aides decided that Meghan should take a break from her busy schedule.
The following morning the pregnant duchess had a lie-in while Harry headed off on his duties.
The expectant parents were gifted with their first present for their baby when Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne presented them with a stuffed kangaroo.
They were also given a little pair of Ugg boots for their baby.