Royals

Duchess Meghan shows off her growing baby bump at her first state dinner in Fiji

There's no hiding it now!

By Jess Pullar

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have proved time and time again that they're a style duo to be reckoned with, and their most recent engagement in Fiji was no different.

After landing in Fiji on Monday afternoon to ecstatic locals and a guard of honour, the Duke and Duchess attended an evening soiree hosted by the president of Fiji, Jioji Konrote.

And while this event was only one of 76 formal engagements over their 16 day tour, the parents-to-be couldn't have looked more at ease, sharing some sweet moments as the night progressed.

The royal couple were all class as they arrived at the evening Soiree held at the Grand Pacific Hotel
The royal couple were all class as they arrived at the evening Soiree held at the Grand Pacific Hotel

Wearing a stunning SAFiYAA 'Ginkgo' cape gown in a striking blue colour to match the Fiji flag, the Duchess looked radiant.

With her pregnancy having been announced just over a week ago, Meghan's maternal side was out in full force as she cradled her baby bump while speaking to guests and posing for photos.

Fans were quick to point out her growing tummy, which was particularly noticeable in the dress.

Meghan's growing bump was more noticeable than ever.
Meghan's growing bump was more noticeable than ever.

The event was attended by politicians, diplomats and local business leaders who liaised with the royal couple throughout the soiree. Despite the high-brow guest-list, Harry kept things relatively informal and relaxed in his speech.

Speaking about the royals long-standing relationship with Fiji, the Prince said: "We share Commonwealth values and common goals – a love of rugby and a sense of humour."

"Our ties run deep."

He also paid homage to the Fijian soldiers who had served with British troops over the years.

"I must emphasise my respect, admiration and camaraderie with the Fijian soldiers that I served with in Afghanistan," he told the guests.

"We trained together, we fought together, and most importantly we laughed together."

Prince Harry delivered a rousing speech during the event.
Prince Harry delivered a rousing speech during the event.

The royal couple's trip to Fiji is particularly special because it almost exactly mirrors a visit Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip made in 1953 shortly following her coronation. The Queen and Prince attended a similar ceremony to the one Meghan and Harry attended on Tuesday night.

During his speech, Harry referenced his grandmother's ties to the country: "This visit is particularly nostalgic for us as a young married couple - my grandparents stayed in this very hotel, the Grand Pacific, a number of times over the years."

In another sweet tribute, Meghan wore earrings that were gifted to her by the Queen herself for her arrival in Fiji on Monday afternoon.

The Duke and Duchess will spend the rest of the week visiting Fiji and Tonga before flying into Wellington on Sunday for the start of the New Zealand leg of their tour.

With her baby bump popping out considerably since the announcement of their pregnancy was first made a week and a half ago, we look forward to seeing more of Meghan's stunning maternity fashion.