Prince Harry spotted two men demonstrating the stages of kava production while on a visit to the Colo-I-Suva Forest Reserve, just outside the
The royal noted ‘that’s what I drank last night’, in reference to the kava which was handed to him at a ceremony in Suva’s Albert Park a day earlier.
Sniffing a bowl of the earthy drink, prepared by pounding the roots of the Yagona tree into powder and adding water, he described the smell as ‘strong’.
The Duke of Sussex smells a bowl of kava as he views a demonstration of kava making by Joeli Nasqqa (centre) and Eparama Uluiuiti (right)
Prince Harry is pictured with locals during the kava making ceremony, where he joked ‘it would be easier to just drink beer’
The Duke crushes pepper roots during a demonstration of kava making at a dedication of the Colo-i-Suva forest just outside the Fijian capital
‘How much of this do you drink at the weekend?’ the Duke asked local men Joeli Nasaqa, 18, and Eparama Uluiviti, 28, who were conducting the demonstration.
‘Around a kilo,’ Joeli said, before Prince Harry joked ‘It would be easier to just drink a beer’.
He also tried his hand at crushing pepper roots, which is part of the kava making process.
At the ceremony on Tuesday night, part of his and his wife’s 16-day royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, the Duke had been given kava to drink.
He looked on as the kava was made with the root wrung out and a bowl passed to the Duke on the stage, before he accepted the drink and held it to his lips as the crowd cheered.
Both his grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, also drank kava during an official visit to Fiji in October 1982.
But following the ceremony, the royal was seen toasting with water alongside his pregnant wife Meghan, while everyone else was drinking champagne.
It is unclear whether the father-to-be intends to avoid alcohol throughout the entirety of Meghan’s pregnancy or just during toasts and other occasions that might leave her feeling left out.
The Duke of Sussex is pictured preparing to drink kava at a state dinner at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Tuesday night
Harry at one stage on Tuesday night was given the whale’s tooth, a sign of wealth, in the vakasobu, before he was given kava to drink
Harry takes a sip of Kava, the national drink of Fiji, which is consumed with great ceremony before the royal was seen toasting with water alongside his pregnant wife Meghan, while everyone else was drinking champagne
During a visit to Suva in 1982 the Duke of Edinburgh also drank kava, just like that given to Prince Harry
The Queen was also pictured drinking the traditional Fijian drink on an official visit to Fiji in October 1982, more than a decade after it joined the Commonwealth
While visiting the forest reserve, the Duke of Sussex also went back to his roots as he planted a tree with the same shovel his grandmother, the Queen, used for the task in 1953.
Harry, who wore a blue Bula shirt for the visit, also met a woman who had served her tea when she visited Fiji during her epic Coronation tour.
Litiana Vulaca, 87, was just 21 when she was chosen for the task by her employer Frances Lilian Charlton, who was the principal of Adi Cakobau Secondary School, a girls’ boarding school visited by the monarch.
Local clan chiefs were gathered around her as the Duke arrived but he immediately crouched down to speak to her and had clearly been well briefed on her story.
Speaking afterwards an emotional Litiana said: ‘I am so happy today because he talked to me first and he knew all about my story’.
Prince Harry met with Litiana Vulaca on Wednesday, who had served the Queen tea when she visited Fiji during her epic Coronation tour
The Duke had a crash course in Fijian traditions on Wednesday as he watched demonstrations of mat weaving by a local woman
Describing her previous royal encounter, she said: ‘I was 21-years-old in 1953 and I was working for a lady as a housemaid. She taught me a lot about how to do things, so when the Queen came, they chose me to serve her and the Duke (of Edinburgh).
‘I was so frightened the first time but I was very very lucky. She was so beautiful, with beautiful skin and clothes.’
Litiana, who had been well trained in etiquette by her boss, also recalled an apparent breach of protocol by Prince Philip, saying: ‘I remember that the Duke didn’t use a teaspoon to put sugar in his tea, he picked up the sugar lump with his fingers. I was shocked’.
Prince Harry was in the forest to formally recognise its dedication to the Queen’s Commmonwealth Canopy Project.
To mark the occasion, he unveiled a plaque and planted an indigenous Dakua tree, which is a threatened species in Fiji.
Prince Harry was in the Colo-I-Suva Forest Reserve to formally recognise its dedication to the Queen’s Commmonwealth Canopy Project. To mark the occasion he unveiled a plaque
The Duke of Sussex also planted an indigenous Dakua tree, which is a threatened species in Fiji, with only 200 remaining
He planted the tree with the same shovel his grandmother, the Queen, used for the task in 1953 during her epic coronation tour
He was led to a shiny metal shovel, engraved with the words ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lautoka, Fiji, December 18, 1953’.
The Duke picked it up, saying; ‘This is the second time it’s been used since 1953, right?’
He filled in the earth with the help of two schoolchildren after giving a speech.
Earlier, the Duke had a crash course in Fijian traditions as he watched demonstrations of mat weaving using dried Pandanus leaves and hair dyeing, using Makita fruits, limestone and clay inside an open-sided Bure, or hat.
Harry then met members of the Matagali and Naulukarowa and Matagali Matanikorovatu clans – the traditional owners of the forest, who leased it to be legally protected by the Fijian Government in 1949.
They included Litiana’s nephew Saula Bilivanua.
Prince Harry spoke with students at the University of the South Pacific early on Wednesday. He later spoke to school children about climate change
The Duke’s visit to the Fijian university was his second official duty in the Pacific Island on Wednesday, during a day of mostly solo engagements
The Duke also spoke to children from Tamavua and Taciura Primary Schools, who had prepared displays about climate change.
He told them: ‘You are the younger generation and you are much better educated about climate change than your parents.
‘Do you think there is enough action to stop it in the rest of the world? Not enough?
‘We need more,but what you guys are doing here is fantastic.’
Bernadette Welch Permanent Secretary for Civil Service and acting Permanent Secretary for Forests at the British High Commission in Fiji, said: ‘The people here are very emotional about the royal visit – they really cherish it’.
‘They will be talking about it for generations.’
The Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve, comprising 369 hectares, is home to several endangered species, including the Fijian tree frog and the Balaka Microcarpa fern, of which only 200 remain in Fiji.