Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Tour by the Numbers
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just completed their first royal tour. They racked up thousands of miles while visiting four countries over 16 days. There are many other numbers associated with their tour.
1: Baby Announcement
The official announcement came from Kensington Palace on the very first day of the tour. It wasn't until Prince Harry and Megan Markle had landed in Australia that the public was told that they were to become parents in the Spring of 2019.
3: Photos Royal Couple Posted
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not allowed to have social media accounts. They were able to send three memorable photos to Instagram via Kensington Palace's account during the tour.
- Meghan took a photo of Harry when he was rehearsing his speech for the Invictus Games’ closing ceremony.
- Prince Harry took a photo of Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand from their helicopter.
- The Duke of Sussex took a photo of the Duchess cradling her baby bump and Kensington Palace the photo as a way to thank the countries they visited.
4: Countries Visited
The royal couple visited four countries.
- New Zealand
They spent more time in Australia than the other countries. They started out in that country. They left and returned for the Invictus Games.
They returned to Sydney for the end of the Invictus Games before heading to New Zealand, the last country. Then they headed back to Australia to wrap up their tour.
5: Times Prince Harry Visited Australia
This was Prince Harry's fifth official trip to Australia. He was delighted to show his wife that part of the world.
Prince Harry is well loved in that country, and the Australians received Meghan just as well. Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, is more popular in Australia than any of the other royals, including his grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
The list in order of favorites includes Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Prince Charles.
10: People in Entourage
The royal couple was accompanied by ten people that included their private secretary Samantha Cohen and deputy private secretary Amy Pickerel.
Also, along on the tour was a Kensington Palace assistant, an orderly, and a hairdresser.
A personal photographer, three communications officers, and a program coordinator were on the tour.
10: Cities Visited
Over 16 days, the couple visited 10 different cities in the four countries. In Australia, those cities included Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne, and Fraser Island.
In Fiji, the cities included Suva and Nadi. It was Nuku’alofa in Tonga. In New Zealand, cities visited were Wellington, Auckland, and Rotorua.
Speeches were made by Prince Harry or Meghan Markle or both of them in most of the cities.
12: Gifts for Baby Sussex
The parents who are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019 received their first baby gifts in Australia. Harry was handed a pair of baby UGG boots, and the mom to be was given a teddy kangaroo.
Other gifts included at least three baby books, a giraffe teddy, teddy bears, and a homemade baby mat.
15: Priceless Gifts Given to Meghan Markle
Meghan took some priceless items with her on the tour that were given to her by the royal family. She carried a set of diamond and pearl earrings that Queen Elizabeth gave her. She took the Aquamarine ring that she wore to her wedding reception that was previously owned by Princess Diana.
On the tour, the Duchess received lovely priceless jewelry such as Boh Runga yellow gold earrings and a Kiri Nathan Pounamu necklace.
16: Number of Days on Tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent 16 days on the royal tour that was designed for a married couple. That tour started on October 15 and ended on November 1, 2018.
18: Number of Nations in Invictus Games
Eighteen nations participated in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia. Last year when the Invictus Games were in Toronto, Canada 17 nations were represented. This year, Poland was added.
22: Hours on Airplane to Australia
When the public saw Meghan on the first day of the tour, her pregnancy had not been announced. She was beaming after traveling 22 hours from London to Australia. She was wearing a coat and carrying purple document folders in her arms. Some people believed this was done deliberately to hide her pregnancy until it was announced officially.
Later that day, Kensington Palace made the official announcement that the Duchess was in her second trimester.
30: Number of Extra Seamstresses Hired for Pants
After Meghan wore black denim jeans from Outland Denim, many people placed orders for them. The Cambodian company said it would hire up to 30 new seamstresses to keep up with the demand.
Meghan wore the jeans to a sailing event at the Invictus Games and on at least three other occasions.
40: Meghan's Outfits
Meghan wore approximately 40 outfits over the course of the tour. Some days she changed outfits three times. She wore some pieces of her wardrobe more than once.
Outings packed into 16 days included 76 engagements. The royal couple went on most of the assignments together. Several times they went their separate ways. Others times the mom to be who is in her second trimester stayed behind to rest.
The engagements included forest walks, trips to the zoo, trips to the beach, attending state dinners and award ceremonies.
16,879: Miles Couple Racked Up
The first stop on their royal tour was Sydney, Australia. It was over 10,000 miles and 22 hours away from London.
By day three, they had racked up another 11,809 miles while flying back and forth around Australia. Halfway through their tour on day eight. they added another 1,739 miles to Fiji. The total of miles of the entire tour was 16,879.
$152,094.74: Duchess' Wardrobe Expense
Over the 16-day tour, Meghan's engagements included meetings with government officials, going to banquets, casual outings and hanging out on the beach with locals. Therefore, her wardrobe had to be versatile.
The Duchess wore expensive gowns to banquets, raincoats and dresses or pants for daytime activities, and cocktail dresses during the afternoons. She also wore beachwear on sandy beaches.
$84,275.00: New Outfits
The Duchess did not take all new clothes, but it was a great opportunity to wear new styles and new brands. For instance, she wore three items from Australia's Martin Grant for the first time and designs by New Zealand's Maggie Marilyn.
Meghan wore several items multiple times over the course of the tour. She wore a Seasalt raincoat twice, a Martin Grant trench coat twice, black denim jeans four times and numerous pieces of jewelry more than once.
The Duchess of Sussex wore Manolo Blahnik, Aquazzura and Tabitha Simmons pumps several times with different outfits. She also took along with her sneakers, sandals, and several pairs of her favorite Birdies Black flat shoes.
Meghan carried handbags and clutches on several occasions. She took Prada, Gucci and Christian Dior with her.
There was no shortage of jewelry. The Duchess of Sussex took seven pieces of casual jewelry from ethical designer Pippa Small and six different items from Birks alone.
In New Zealand, Meghan wore a pair of sparkly earrings from jewelry brand Emily Mortimer. The jeweler sent Meghan a pair of yellow gold and white topaz teardrop-shaped earrings as an engagement gift last November. Now the small jewelry store is getting sales from around the world for the earrings that cost $453.