BRITISH media reports a major overseas tour is being considered for Prince Harry and Meghan that would start in Australia.

The pair are expected to make their first overseas trip shortly to Ireland, with other, shorter trips planned in coming months.

They have already committed to visiting Australia for a week in October for the Invictus Games, Harry's charitable event for wounded and ill soldiers, which will be held in Sydney.

Britain's Mail Online reports palace aides are considering a major tour which would start with the Invictus trip in Sydney, then take in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, three more of the 53 Commonwealth countries.

No details were provided, but the Mail said the trip was important because the Harry's grandmother the Queen is head of state in Australia and New Zealand.

The couple have embarked on married life together after an extraordinary wedding hailed for modernising the royal family - and a party that lasted all night.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake their first official duties as a married royal couple on Tuesday when they attend a garden party for 6000 charity workers at Buckingham Palace.

But first they will recover from their groundbreaking wedding service which celebrated Meghan's cultural heritage as the first woman of colour to marry into the British royal family.

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The newlyweds celebrated their union with a party for 200 close friends and family members, as fireworks erupted over the ramparts of the 1000-year-old Windsor Castle, west of London.

Music boomed across the castle grounds until the early hours of the morning as guests ate, drank and danced at a private party held in a specially-built, $600,000 glass marquee.

According to The Sun, Prince Harry moved his wedding guests to tears when he praised his new wife during an emotional speech to family and friends.

The Royal said he and his new wife make a "great team" and told her: "I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you."


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hit the ground running. Picture: AFP/Dominic Lipinski
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hit the ground running. Picture: AFP/Dominic Lipinski

The Prince also praised the Duchess, saying she had "navigated everything with such grace".

Even her hair stylist said she was calm and chatty on the morning of the wedding.

Prince Charles also gave an emotional speech at the lunchtime reception, praising his youngest son, and concluding with "my darling old Harry, I'm so happy for you.''

The prince also warmly welcomed Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, the only member of Meghan's family at the church, into the royal family.

There was then a surprise when Prince Harry rhetorically asked guests "does anyone here know how to play the piano?' - and pop legend Sir Elton John, who was close to Harry's mother the late Princess Diana, got up and performed a mini-concert, belting out Your Song, Tiny Dancer, Circle of Life and I'm Still Standing.

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Elton John performed at the after-party. Picture: AFP
Elton John performed at the after-party. Picture: AFP

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla later hosted the evening party, where cameras were banned and guests could let loose in the privacy of the castle grounds.

The 33-year-old prince and his 36-year-old bride arrived at the sunset reception in an open-topped 1968 E-Type Jaguar, Harry in the left-hand driving seat, the pair apparently choosing a car that reflected Meghan's American heritage.

The bride had changed out of her wedding dress into a daring, halter-neck gown by British designer Stella McCartney and was wearing an enormous aquamarine ring that previously belonged to Princess Diana.

The ring was thought to have been a wedding gift from Prince Harry, who swapped his military uniform for a tuxedo and bow-tie as he drove his bride the short distance to the nearby Frogmore House for a reception attended by royal family members and celebrity A-list friends including George and Amal Clooney and tennis superstar Serena Williams.

In what was dubbed by some a rare oversight, the Clooney's were forced to prove themselves to Windsor Estate security guards, as the couple arrived in their silver Audi S5.

Harry and Meghan still looked giddy with the success of their extraordinary wedding service, held in the ancient St George's Chapel, in front of the Queen, 600 guests and a TV audience of 1.9 billion, all captivated by the modern romance story between the beautiful bi-racial American and the English prince who had lost his mother at the age of 12.

The British press hailed the modernising influence of Meghan, with two national newspapers using the headline "Kisstory'' and opinion writers praising the diversity of a service which included a gospel choir and an electrifying speech from black American preacher Michael Curry, who invoked the words of civil rights activist Martin Luther King.

The wedding cake by Claire Ptak of London-based bakery Violet Cakes. Picture: AFP
The wedding cake by Claire Ptak of London-based bakery Violet Cakes. Picture: AFP

The newly-married pair spent the night under the roof of Windsor Castle, the private home of Harry's grandparents Queen Elizabeth, 92, and Prince Philip, 96, and were to return to their cottage within the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, where they have lived for the past year.

Meghan has previously said she intended to "hit the ground running'' as the pair embark on full-time duties as royals, and Meghan joined the Royal Foundation, the charity headed by Harry, his brother Prince William and William's wife Catherine.

Prince Harry spoke at lunchtime, cracking jokes in what one guest told the British media was a "very off-the-cuff'' and "lovely'' speech.

"Harry promised that all the Americans wouldn't steal the swords, and said, 'Please, when you leave, be quiet as you don't want to wake the neighbours,' which was quite fun.''

Harry's cousins, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, were among the guests at the evening reception, and actor James Corden was the master of ceremonies.

An three-course organic dinner was served between 7.30pm and 10pm, where speeches were made including by best man Prince William, who had earlier vowed revenge on his brother for teasing him at his own wedding in 2011. Meghan, bucking tradition, also gave a speech.

Two of Harry's mates Tom "Skippy'' Inskip and Tom Van Straubenzee, collaborated on another amusing speech but reportedly avoided some of Harry's antics from the years before he met Meghan.

Society DJ Sam Totolee then played Harry's favourite tunes, while guests enjoyed a lavish bar, fairy-floss, and burgers as a midnight snack.

The party lasted for hours, and there were unconfirmed reports some guests held an "after-after-party'' at the trendy Chiltern Firehouse restaurant in London.

In America, Meghan's eccentric father Thomas Markle said the service was "beautiful and it's history'' and called on Meghan's half-siblings to leave her alone, saying "I pray … all of my relatives will just shut up about everything."

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