Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will surely attract massive crowds wherever they go during their three-day tour of Fiji.
But some criticize the time of the visit, which occurs less than three weeks before the country's elections.
Robin Nair, who was Fiji's permanent secretary of foreign affairs until he resigned last year, says he is concerned that Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will make the most of the wide publicity of the royal couple.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will surely attract large crowds during their visit to Fiji
Government critics condemned the timing of the visit and said Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama (pictured) will take advantage of his publicity before the country's election.
"The people of Fiji love the Royals … and the Government knows that the visit will generate great euphoria and joy," Nair said in a statement provided to ABC.
He said he is concerned that the incumbent prime minister uses opportunities to take pictures with Harry and Meghan to paint himself positively.
Another former government official, Shailendra G Raju, condemned the visit in a Facebook post.
In a letter addressed to the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Fiji, Mr. Raju requested that the visit be "postponed to a mutually convenient and appropriate time".
"Although not publicly," he wrote. "I am sure he would privately agree that the current government has not provided fair playing conditions for fair and open elections."
The election is only the second democratic election since a coup in 2006, which resulted in eight years of military rule.
A critic of the government has lamented that the Fijians love royalty (Meghan Markle, photographed at the airport) and is worried that they may inadvertently influence the votes.
It will be held on November 14, only 20 days after the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
But the High Commission has maintained that the visit is not political in nature and is only designed to support bilateral relations between Fiji and the United Kingdom.
Since the couple will visit Australia, New Zealand and Tonga on their 16-day tour of Asia and the Pacific, the High Commission says it only makes sense for a visit to Fiji to be made at the same time.
The High Commission has maintained that the visit of the royal couple has no political intentions.
Harry and Meghan will receive an honor guard at the airport when they arrive in Fiji, followed by an official welcome ceremony at Albert Park later in the evening.
The royal couple will lay a wreath at the War Memorial, just as they did in Sydney, before encountering several Fiji war veterans.
They will also present a statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier who lost his life in 1972.