SYDNEY – Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan arrived in Sydney Monday morning for the start of a 16-day tour that includes Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, it was reported.
Their Qantas flight from London touched down to overcast skies at 6 am (1900 GMT), the national broadcaster ABC reported.
The royal couple have a day in private to recover from the long flight before official engagements start Tuesday,
They include meeting political leaders for the official welcome, a pair of koalas, a boat ride on the harbour and a meet-the-people walk at Sydney Opera House.
The royal couple’s main purpose is to open and attend the Invictus Games in Sydney which open on Saturday and run through October 28.
The sporting event was founded by Prince Harry in 2014 for injured and disabled military veterans to engage in competitive events such as wheelchair basketball, athletics and swimming.
It is the first international tour by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex since their wedding in May.
Their tour of Australia includes meeting drought-stricken farmers in the rural New South Wales town of Dubbo on Wednesday, a tram ride in Melbourne on Thursday and meeting Aboriginal rangers on Fraser Island in Queensland. -DPA