Meghan Markle and Prince Harry set to tour Australia
THE most anticipated royal tour in recent history is due to take place in October next year when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive on Australian shores.
The royal couple, whose wedding next May at Windsor Castle, west of London, will be a global television event, are due in Sydney for the Invictus Games from October 20 to 27.
The Games, founded by Prince Harry as an Olympics for injured servicemen and women, are anticipated to be the first major opportunity for Ms Markle to tour overseas as a royal wife.
According to the Herald Sun, the couple will be invited to attend a polo tournament in Melbourne while on tour to Australia.
Ms Markle joined Prince Harry in Toronto three months ago for the 2017 Invictus Games before the couple announced their royal engagement.
Since becoming the English royal family's newest wife-to-be, the glamorous former actress has been creating excitement and interest dubbed "Markle mania".
Crowds responded enthusiastically to Meghan and Harry on their first official outing as an engaged couple, in Nottingham, England on World AIDS day last week.
As Prince Harry's fiancee and future resident at Kensington Palace, Ms Markle is said to be now undergoing "princess training".
This is on top of the fact she is undergoing a conversion to the Anglican faith.
Prince Harry is understood to be giving her a crash course on royal etiquette to help her understand the rules of palace life.
Meghan will be expected to curtsy to all senior members of the royal family.
This will include, in Harry's absence, his cousins, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Under the revised Order of Precedence, Meghan's new bedside reading, she must always curtsy to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and Camilla and the Prince of Wales, as well as Princess Anne.
She will also have to curtsy to her new brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but not to the Queen's other grandchildren.
The Order of Precedence was redrawn after Prince Charles and Camilla's wedding in 2005, although Camilla may relax the curtsy rule in private to Meghan, as she has to Kate Middleton.
Ms Markle will also learn the formality of life when she and Harry travel to stay with his granny, the Queen, at the royal residences of Sandringham, in Norfolk and Balmoral.
Footmen, courtiers and ladies in waiting will be among the household staff overseeing a stressful daily itinerary that includes shooting, tea and a formal dinner.
Meanwhile, plans are in full swing for the royal wedding.
The couple has opted for the lower-key venue of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, instead of Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate, and indeed Prince Charles and Diana wed.
The chapel is set in the grounds of the castle, which means reduced public access from the outside.
However, the chapel seats 800 guests, the ceremony will be televised and it is likely to be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Prior to the wedding, Ms Markle will be christened and c
onfirmed into the Church of England, of which her future grandmother-in-law, the Queen is the head.
The royal family will pay for Meghan and Harry's church service, after which they are expected to be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The wedding is being shaped as a "fun and joyful'' day to also "allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations".
It has already been rumoured that Ms Markle is planning a wedding dress more glamorous than formal, in the style of the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's sleek satin gown.
Prince Harry and Meghan's future royal lives look set to continue the legacy of his late mother, "the people's princess".
In the mould of Princess Diana, Prince Harry has forged his identity as a passionate supporter of former armed forces personnel, disadvantaged children and child HIV victims in Africa.
Ms Markle, who starred in the TV series Suits, has given up her acting career to marry Prince Harry.
He will drop to sixth in line to the British throne after the birth of Prince William and Kate's third child in April, making a more relaxed life for himself and Meghan.
Sponsors in Sydney and Melbourne will do their utmost to try and make Australia a favourite destination for Meghan and Harry.
Prince Harry has visited on several occasions, including a two day flying visit in June this year to launch "Team Invictus Australia 2018".
Following their October 2018 visit, they will return to London for the November celebrations of Prince Charles' 70th birthday.