Meghan Markle looked stunning in stripes as she arrived to meet the leader – before leaving one child distraught when she appeared to snub an offer of a ‘free hug’.
The Duchess, wearing a Martin Grant dress and her Husband, Pricne Harry, were met by more than 50 civil servants wearing red and black shirts and traditional outfits as they entered the St George Government Buildings for a meeting with Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and his cabinet.
A small boy lay on the floor as the couple made their way towards their seats.
The child held a sign saying “free hugs”, which Meghan spotted and smiled at – yet she did not stop to hug the boy as she was greeted by delegates.
However, the playful young boy was later pictured smiling as the Duke and Duchess were welcomed by the delegates.
The Duke of Sussex said the entertainment at the official welcome reception was “very good” as he met the Tongan prime minister.
It comes on th second ay of their visit to Tonga, as part of their 16 day tour of Oceania.
After meeting the Tongan prime minister and his cabinet, the Duke and Duchess will head to the Fa’onelua Convention Centre to look at traditional handicrafts, mats and tapa cloths later on Friday.
At the Tupou College, the Sussexes will dedicate two forest reserves to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy before leaving from Fua’amotu airport for Sydney.
When the couple arrived in Tonga, they attended a banquet, which Harry said was like visiting “an extended family”.
He said: “My grandparents have visited a number of times and Your Majesties have been frequent visitors to see my family over the years.
“We have a strong bond as members of the Commonwealth; we share so much history – and common values.
“Tongan soldiers served with our allies during the First and Second World Wars and later independently to offer support in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Tongan hospitality is world-renowned. Your islands are stunningly beautiful, offering tourists rugged coastlines, humpback whales and coral reefs.”
The Duke and Duchess previosuly took in the sites in Australia and Fiji, where they were both received with rapturous welcomes.
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