The Duchess of Sussex has been rushed out of a busy market in Fiji after concerns over “crowd management issues”.
Meghan was carrying out her only solo engagements of this royal tour in the capital, Suva, when she made a short visit to the venue to find out about a UN Women project, Markets for Change.
The duchess could be seen walking through the stalls, surrounded by an entourage of royal staff and police protection officers.
But after only eight minutes, her team decided to hurry her out of the covered market.
Kensington Palace initially said this was due to “uncomfortable conditions” but later added that the visit was cut short “due to crowd management issues”.
The palace does not comment on security matters, but they did say the duchess met all four women at the market that she was meant to meet
The market was busy with people, and apparently the crowds were greater than expected but they were very well-mannered.
A number of people who had waited to see the Duchess of Sussex for a couple of hours said they were very disappointed she didn’t stop for longer.
At the start of the 16-day tour it was announced that she is pregnant, with the baby due in spring next year.
She has also cut back on some of her events since the tour started, after Prince Harry apparently said she should pace herself.
But this was a day where the focus was meant to be on the causes she wants to champion as a member of the Royal Family.
Prince Harry and Meghan, dressed in brightly coloured tropical clothes, arrived at the University of the South Pacific earlier to talk about issues around climate change and the education of women and girls.
In her first speech of this tour, the duchess spoke personally about why it is an issue that matters to her – saying how the “journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful and pivotal one”.
She added: “I am also fully aware of the challenges of being able to afford this level of schooling for many people around the world – myself included.
“It was through scholarships, financial aid programmes and work-study – where my earnings from a job on campus went directly towards my tuition – that I was able to attend university. And, without question, it was worth every effort.
“Everyone should be afforded the opportunity to receive the education they want, but more importantly the education they have the right to receive. And for women and girls in developing countries, this is vital.”
The duchess went on to announce two new grants for the university from the Association of Commonwealth Universities to run workshops that empower women.
Meghan also teamed up again with UN Women to promote the work being done in Fiji to help women earn a living.
She has previously worked with the UN as an advocate for women’s political participation.