THE Duchess of Sussex whispered to an aide just minutes before she was whisked out of a Fijian market due to a “security risk”.
She was visiting the Suva Municipal Market to do a walk-around, which was swamped by massive crowds hoping to catch a glimpse of her.
Meghan Markle spent just six minutes of her scheduled 20 minutes at the market, and only managed to meet a handful of people before she was rushed away.
An onlookerclaimed the pregnant royal appeared to “look concerned” as she entered the “hot and humid” market.
“When she got into the market she looked really disengaged, not her usual self at all,” they told a UK newspaper
“She stopped to speak to a pineapple seller on one of the stalls and had a very blank and disengaged look on her face, which is very unlike her.
“It was very hot and humid in there so perhaps it wasn’t the best environment for a pregnant woman.
“After speaking for about a minute she broke off and spoke to the same aide again before she was whisked out of the market very soon after.”
Vegetable stallholder Asenaca Salusalu was the first vendor to meet Meghan inside the market.
“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,” Mrs Salusalu told The Sun.
Pictures showed members of the security team and local authorities looking flustered as they quickly guided Meghan out.
The Duchess gave an apologetic wave to her fans as she was escorted out, brushing her fringe out of her face.
Kensington Palace later claimed Meghan’s sudden exit was due to a “security risk”.
Thousands of Fijians were on the streets all day, with many reportedly climbing onto roofs of buildings for a better view.
The crowds did not appear to be getting out-of-control though.
One especially heartwarming video showed a large group of local people so excited for her arrival that they started singing together.
The volume of excited fans would have only added to the heat and humidity in Fiji, which may have formed part of the decision.
Vendors were selling watermelons, pineapples and other fruit at the market, as well as handicrafts and fans.
The market visit was the final item on Meghan’s agenda, giving her and Prince Harry a rare afternoon off