Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly been advised to delay their upcoming tour.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to embark on their Commonwealth tour that includes official visits to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji in a few days. However, critics believe that it's best for Prince Harry and Markle to delay their trip due to a critical political election.

"I would have thought the British High Commission in Suva would have advised the Commonwealth office in London about the forthcoming elections and the environment in which the elections are taking place," Robin Nair said (as quoted by Express). "It's not the right timing."

Nair, Fiji's former foreign affairs believe that the British royals’ visit will interfere with the country's general election especially that the public loves them.

"The perception is, of course, that the Fijian government will take full advantage of the visit," Nair added. "Fijians love the Royals, and the government knows that there will be great euphoria and joy created by the visit."

Shailendra G Raju, a government critic and aide to two prime ministers also shared Nair's concern. According to her, Prince Harry and Markle's Commonwealth tour should be "postponed to a mutually convenient and more appropriate time."

During the said visit, Prince Harry and Markle are expected to meet the political leaders from different parties.

"They meet the Premier of the day but there’s usually the leader of the opposition party hovering in the background somewhere, so they make sure they meet or confront both sides," Professor Giselle Bastin from Finders University in Australia noted. "It will be built into their itinerary that they are at least exposed to people from the various political persuasions."

The odds of Prince Harry and Markle making a baby announcement this year slashed. Royal fans are convinced that the couple would wait further until after their royal tour as two of the countries they are about to visit are affected by Zika virus.

Tonga and Fiji are positive of Zika virus which may result in fetus deformation. In fact, women who travel to Zika-affected places are advised to wait at least six months before trying to conceive.


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are urged to delay their Commonwealth tour. Pictured: Prince Harry and Markle make an official visit to the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Sussex on Oct. 3, 2018 in Peacehaven, United Kingdom. Getty Images/Chris Jackson