The Duchess of Sussex visited Suva market which supports the UN Women’s project ‘Markets for Change’, but huge crowds sparked “absolute chaos” and the former Suits actress was rushed away after just six minutes.
A worried Meghan Markle was seen whispering into her aide’s ear just minutes before she was whisked away.
According to witnesses, she looked “flustered” and “afraid”.
A Royal source told the Mirror that Prince Harry will have been “deeply concerned” about the incident and that the Duchess’ protection officer and Kensington Palace staff met after the security issue.
The Duke of Sussex is expected to to ask for an explanation, according to the Mirror.
Kensington Palace suggested the decision to leave early was taken due to “crowd management issues”.
A royal source said: “The visit was cut slightly short due to the large number of people within the market, which made the event uncomfortably busy.
“There were much bigger crowds than people had been anticipating and there were a lot of people cramped into the market.”
Prince Harry is expected to ask for a clarifying statement from his Meghan’s protection officers
The Duchess’ protection officer and Kensington palace met after the security issue
A Royal aide said the market visit was an extension of an earlier engagement where the Duchess heard about the ‘Markets for Change’ project at a morning tea.
The aide added: “She met everyone she was meant to meet and left.
“On advice she was taken out due to crowd management issues.”
A Royal source told the Mirror that Prince Harry will have been “deeply concerned”
According to witnesses, Meghan looked “flustered” and “afraid”
Mrs Salusalu, 50, a farmer from the village of Nukulau, more than 100 kilometres from Suva, has been a stall-holder at the market for nine years, selling root crops, vegetables and fruits.
Meghan, who looked flustered during the hurried walk through the market, shook Mrs Salusalu’s hand before moving on.
Mrs Salusalu said: “She didn’t really speak at all, like she was a bit afraid.
“She just said ‘Bula’ and ‘Nice to meet you’.
“But I’m happy to have met her.”