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Royals Want To Meet As Many Aussies As Possible

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex say they want to meet as many Australians as possible when they tour the country last this month.

Prince Harry and the Duchess Meghan will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Dubbo in NSW and Queensland's Fraser Island on their October 16-28 tour.

The couple will also fly over to Fiji and Tonga between October 23-26 and spend four days in New Zealand after leaving Sydney on October 28.

The newlyweds, who are on their first-ever Commonwealth tour and first major tour since their wedding in May, want to meet as many locals as possible on their trip, which has scheduled four public walkabouts.

"There is a long history of the friendship between the royal family and Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand and their links with the UK extensive," Harry and Meghan's private secretary Sam Cohen said.

"The Duke and Duchess are very much looking forward to experiencing the unique customs and cultures of these four Commonwealth countries and have asked that this tour allows them to meet as many Australians, Fijians, Tongans and New Zealanders as possible."

"Together they look forward to building an enduring relationship with the people of the region."

The Duke's primary motivation to visit Australia is to patronise the Sydney 2018 Invictus Games, an Olympic-style event for disabled and ill service people.

To officially welcome the games to the city, Prince Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and athletes will bravely scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge to plant the Invictus flag.

The Duke and Duchess will also attend the games' opening and closing ceremonies, the cycling time trials in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the basketball final and the sailing at Farm Cove.

"The Duke and Duchess are excited to see Sydney fully embrace the Invictus spirit and support the competitors across a range of sports at some of the city's most iconic venues," Ms Cohen said.

"This year's games will emphasise the integral role played by servicemen and women and their families and friends and the royal highnesses will spend time with a number of the competitors' supporters as they cheer them on from the sidelines."

The royal couple are also flying to Dubbo for a day trip where they will visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn about the drought from a farming family at their property before attending a community BBQ.

In Melbourne they will take a short ride on an iconic local tram to South Melbourne Beach, where they will take part in a beach clean up with school students.

The Duke and Duchess fly to Fraser Island for the day, where they will learn about conservation from traditional elders and rangers and do another public walkabout at Kingfisher Bay.

In Sydney they will meet koalas and conservationists at Taronga Zoo, visit a youth mental health group at Bondi Beach and see a rehearsal of the Bangarra Dance Company.

After the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony, the royal couple are due fly out of Sydney Airport bound for New Zealand.

Much of the tour outside the Invictus Games will focus on youth groups working to deal with the social, economic and environmental challenges facing Australia and the region.

"The Duke is particularly keen to highlight these youth-led initiatives in his new role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and to shine a light on the work and aspirations of young people," the spokeswoman said.

AAP

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