She’s getting ready! Meghan Markle is gearing up for her first royal tour as Prince Harry‘s wife. The two are set to visit Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand from Oct. 16 to Oct. 31, but before they go, Meg is reportedly undergoing some intense protocol training.
“The Duchess of Sussex will have a team of Royal aids within the palace that are there to assist her in every way to prepare for her formal engagements,” Myka Meier of Beaumont Etiquette — who was trained by a former member of Queen Elizabeth’s household — explained to Cosmopolitan.com. “As a senior member of the Royal family, she is a working royal with roles and responsibilities to fulfill on behalf of the family. In order to show respect to the people she is meeting, she will be briefed ahead of each event on the Senior people she will be meeting and how to greet and address them, solely in order to show respect. From assisting her with what to wear all the way to important topics to speak about, she will have help to ensure she is fully prepared.”
Meier continued, “Senior Royals will have a team of aids within the palace that help prepare them for every event they are attending and speaking at. They will be briefed on who they are meeting, and any significant protocol behind addressing other important guests as well as any political, religious or cultural sensitivities to be aware of.”
However, Meier notes that traveling could make it hard for Meghan, 37, to abide by the Queen’s rules. “When traveling, we often see the Royals adopt the customs and culture of the country they are in,” she added. “For instance, if in a country they visit it’s a sign of respect to dress in a certain way, they will do so. Often we see Royals wearing outfits from local designers, too, to show respect and support for the country they are visiting.”
News of Harry and Meghan’s tour was confirmed in June. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn,” Kensington Palace’s statement read at the time. “Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The tour will fall on the occasion of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. Further details will be advised in due course.” We can’t wait to see photos from their highly anticipated journey in a few weeks!
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