SYDNEY – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, arrived on Monday in Sydney, Australia, the first stop of their official visit to Oceania, coinciding with the day a survey revealed that Australians want their country to become a republic.
Prince Harry, the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, and Meghan arrived on a commercial flight. The couple held hands and walked through a back door before boarding a vehicle to the residence of the governor general in Sydney.
Prince Harry and his wife, who was wearing black trousers and a dark coat with maroon lapels, are scheduled to rest during the day before starting the 76 activities on their agenda on Tuesday to promote environmental and conservation issues.
On Tuesday, the Governor General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove, representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia’s Head of State, will give the couple an official welcome before their visit to Taronga Zoo and Sydney Opera House.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also attend the inauguration and closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games, which will be held from October 20 to 28. The sports event was founded by Prince Harry in 2014 to give opportunities to disabled veterans and military services personnel.
The visit coincides with the publication of a poll that reveals 52.4 percent of the 1,000 respondents want Australia to become a republic, a favorite response of 58.6 percent of Australians between 25 and 34 years old.
According to the poll conducted by the Australian Republican Movement, the number of undecided voters stood at 25.2 percent while that of those opposing to the Republic was at 22.4 percent.
Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan, 37, who were married in May at Windsor Castle near London, have been invited by the governments of Australia and New Zealand, members of the Commonwealth.
The couple will travel to Fiji and Tonga at the request of the British Foreign Office, on a tour that will end on Oct. 31.