The Prince of Wales has sent Fijians a video message expressing his regret that the Covid-19 pandemic prevented him from being in Suva today for the 50th anniversary Independence celebrations. 50 years to the day since he handed Fiji its instruments of Independence on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles relives some of that experience and wishes the nation well. Not as good as being there, of course, but good enough under the circumstances.
The heir to the throne has always had a special place in Fijian hearts and time was when his birthday was celebrated with a public holiday every year. Those days may be gone but half a century on, the mutual affection on both sides endures. Vinaka!