There was what sounded like a scary situation involving the Duchess of Sussex during her royal tour with Prince Harry. Thankfully, it turned out fine in the end. Late Tuesday, The Associated Press reported a Kensington Palace spokesperson said that Meghan’s (née Markle) solo visit to the Suva Market in Fiji had to be cut short because of "crowd management issues." Don’t worry, she’s wasn’t harmed and reportedly even handled the ordeal with calmness.
According to The AP, the former Suits star visited Suva Market to meet female vendors, who are also involved in the United Nations Women’s project "Markets for Change." Seeing as Meghan became a U.N. Women’s Advocate for Women’s Political Participation and Leadership in 2015 and is a huge supporter of women in so many ways, this sounded like the perfect trip for the royal.
However, what was said to be a 15-minute visit was cut in half "due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space," The AP reported. Eventually, after "throngs of people spilled into surrounding streets," Meghan was "whisked through by security personnel."
People reported on Wednesday that during security’s decision to escort Meghan from the market, it didn’t appear (at least on the outside) that she let the concern affect her. Apparently, she was "calm and waved at the crowd" on her way back to her car.
A "royal source" also spoke with Entertainment Tonight and said about Meghan’s visit being cut short, "The Duchess was only due to drop in at the market; it was only meant to be an extension of the reception at the High Commission. There were much bigger crowds than people had been anticipating and there were a lot of people cramped into the market."
On Monday, Reuters reported Kensington Palace released a statement saying Meghan was cutting back on royal tour events, but only for a couple of days. "After a busy program, the Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week-and-a-half of the tour," the palace’s statement read.
The reason behind her schedule change was never clarified, but seeing as she’s pregnant with her first child, it would make sense if Meghan needed some extra time to rest between her busy royal tour schedule.
Despite all of the chaos, it sure seems like Meghan is handling everything like the professional royal she is.
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