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Meghan Markle dazzles in green-and-white striped cotton dress to meet the Tongan prime minister

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 29, 2018
07:18 A.M.
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Friday was day two of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s tour of Tonga. They started their morning by going to Tonga’s St George Building.

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There they met with Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva, his deputy Semisi Lafu Kioa Sika and other cabinet members. For this occasion, Meghan chose a flattering cotton dress in green-and-white.

In the country's capital Nuku'alofa, Duchess Meghan stepped out in a green-and-white print striped dress by Australian-born fashion designer Martin Grant. The $1,595 dress is from Grant’s spring/summer 2019 resort collection.

The Duchess completed her look with green heels and a matching Prada clutch bag. She accessorized with Maison Birks diamond earrings.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The meeting only lasted for 10 minutes with the couple meeting more than 50 civil servants who wore red and black shirts and traditional outfits.

After the meeting, Harry and Meghan went to the Fa'onelua Centre to celebrate Tongan youth and culture. Her Royal Highness, Princess Angelika, was on hand at the center.

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The Royal couple sat in throne-like chairs before receiving necklaces made from Fa and Puatonga flowers. Then Princess Angelika gave a speech after a prayer was read.

The princess and Prince Ata showed Harry and Meghan locally-made products. These included traditional mats, 'tapa' cloth, carvings and bracelets made from whalebone and wood.

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Outside the center, the Royal couple was presented with a Taovala which is an outfit added onto clothing. The Taovala signifies Tongan respect to higher ranks.

Harry and Meghan also had the opportunity of meeting with local traders and craftsmen. The Masani group of singers and dancers performed island music and songs for the couple.

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The couple received a gift in the form of a picture of the Royal Tongan Motif, Fata O Tu'i Tongan. The Royals' then went to Tupou College which is the oldest secondary school in the Pacific.

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It was founded by a British missionary in 1866. Harry and Meghan were there for the unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

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For the event, both Royal’s changed their clothes with the Duchess opting for a blue Veronica Beard dress. They dedicated two forest reserves at the school's on-site forest to The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

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The Tupou College Boys Choir performed traditional Tongan music to commemorate the event. Before leaving Tonga, the Duke and Duchess were driven to the Royal Palace for an audience with King Tupou VI and his wife Queen Nanasipau'u.

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Meghan stuck to her blue dress while Harry changed into a suit. They spent around 15 minutes with the King and Queen.

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They signed a visitor's book and posed outside with the King and Queen for photographers. The couple then traveled to Sydney where they attended the Australian Geographic Society Awards on Friday night.

Reports state that the Duke and Duchess are going to push their US tour from next spring to the fall because of Meghan’s springtime due date. It’s been said that they plan to bring their baby with them.

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