Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Australia

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, New South Wales on Oct. 15, 2018.

This is the couple’s first international tour since their wedding in May, apart from a two-day trip to Ireland.



Duke Harry and Duchess Markle of Sussex made a low-key arrival to a wet and wintry Australia after a weekend spent celebrating the marriage of their relative Princess Eugenie and following an overnight commercial flight with Qantas.

Both were seen leaving the airport with staff, looking relaxed, as Meghan clutched a pair of purple binders and Harry carried a brown and green manbag.

Report from New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the royal visit would have flow-on benefits for the state.

The royals plan to pet koalas, watch soldiers perform the haka and attend the Invictus Games, a multi-sport tournament for military service personnel and veterans who have been wounded or suffered injury or illness that opens on Saturday 20 October.

Prince Harry and Markle were driven from the airport to Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of Governor General Peter Cosgrove, who represents Australia’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother. The couple had no official functions on Monday following the 17,140-kilometer (10,650-mile) flight that Qantas says takes 22 hours and 20 minutes.



Scott Morrison (Australian Prime Minister), who plans to climb with Harry to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the visit, told Parliament on Monday that he commended the prince for coming to Sydney for the Invictus Games and welcomed the couple.

Over Hundreds of well-wishers gathered with umbrellas outside the airport and Admiralty House in the hope of catching a glimpse of Harry and Meghan. The crowd cheered as the waving couple was driven through the gates of the harbor-side mansion.

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