Meghan Markle cradles blooming baby bump as she stuns in floor-length blue gown

Meghan Markle cradled her blooming baby bump as she stunned in a floor length blue gown at a Fiji state banquet.

In the clearest image of her bump yet, The Duchess gently placed her hands on her stomach while stood alongside Harry at their evening event.

Meghan dazzled in diamonds to go with the blue, cape dress by label SAFiYAA at a black tie reception on the first night of in Fiji.

Her outfit, worn with her hair down, was by German-born London-based designer Daniela Karmuts.

Guests, including diplomats, local business leaders and the cream of Fijian society, gathered for the champagne reception ahead of the state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel where the royal couple are staying during the visit.

The hotel is a royal favourite, with The Queen staying there five times, in 1963, 1970, 1973, 1977 and 1982.

Prince Charles has checked in three times, in 1970, 1985 and 2005 and Prince Andrew stayed in 1998.

Princess Ann was a guest in 2006.

The hotel’s website states: “Once established as the standard of luxury that was fit for royalty; now more than 100 years later, the Grand Pacific Hotel remains true to the ideals of delivering the best of old world charms, South Pacific hospitality and contemporary service.”

Earlier today, the royal couple were welcomed to Fiji with a traditional ceremony where they were presented with a roast pig, a whale’s tooth and a taste of the traditional local brew, kava.

The ceremony, under cloudy skies in Suva’s Albert Park, mirrored one attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1953.

But the weather didn’t stop thousands of people packing the streets leading to Albert Park to greet them.

The Duchess of Sussex waved to the crowd from the motorcade, as the couple arrived to cheers for the Veirqaraqarvi Vakavanua where they were greeted by chiefs in a tradition known as the tama.

The crowd, slightly damp from the rain shower or “a bit of blessing” as the master of ceremonies put it, cheered and waved Union Jacks and Fijian flags as the couple arrived.