Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex has performed her first solo royal duty since marrying Prince Harry in May. She attended the opening of London’s new “Oceania” exhibition on Tuesday (September 25) evening at the Royal Academy of Arts, where about 200 works are on display. She greeted Maori guests in the traditional Maori nose-rubbing custom.
The exhibition includes ornaments, canoes and images from the Pacific region which Meghan, 37, will visit with Harry on their first overseas tour as a married couple next month. The items on show from Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and New Zealand, marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook set off aboard the HMS Endeavour for the South Pacific.
Meghan studied artefacts spanning 500 years and are displayed according to the exhibition’s “voyaging, place-making and encounter” themes. Last week, in her first solo initiative as a royal, the duchess lent her support to the launch of a charity cookbook aimed at helping a community project formed following London’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster last year in which 72 people died.
Meghan and Harry will travel to Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand and Australia in October focusing on “youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts”, according to Kensington Palace.