Meghan Markle’s schedule in Australia cut back

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has had her schedule cut back during her
first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the
South Pacific with husband Prince Harry.

The tour is an extremely busy one, with the royal couple scheduled to
attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip across four

Meghan, who is about 12 weeks pregnant, skipped an event in Sydney on
Sunday morning, leaving Harry to attend a cycling competition at the
Invictus Games alone.

She later joined the prince to watch sailing events, and at a lunchtime
reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Kensington Palace said the royal couple had moved to reduce Meghan’s
schedule ahead of their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in the
second phase of their tour.

“After a busy program, the duke and duchess have decided to cut back the
duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the
final week-and-a-half of the tour,” the palace said in a statement.

Meghan’s envisaged role on a scheduled Monday trip to Fraser Island, off
Queensland state in Australia’s north, was unclear, with the palace
statement saying only that “the Duke will continue with the engagements
on Fraser Island.”

The couple are due to leave Australia for Fiji and Tonga on Tuesday.
They will return to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the
Invictus Games, Harry’s brainchild and the focus of their tour, before
finishing off with a visit to New Zealand.

Harry spent considerable time at the lunchtime reception chatting with
competitors assembled for the Invictus Games, which gives sick and
injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in
sports such as wheelchair basketball, and to find inspiration to

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