PRINCE Harry spoke of his concern for Meghan's health when his wife skipped an event yesterday and revealed that she will take a step back in the spotlight of the actual tour.
But the pregnant duchess of Sussex could still attend a luncheon with the prime minister, sail in the harbor of Sydney and have a glamorous appearance at a night reception with her loving husband.
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The 37-year-old woman showed no signs of weariness, looked radiant in a black dress and smiled kindly during the couple's last public appearance in the city, a function of the Invictus Games Foundation at the Government House.
They will fly to Fraser Island in Queensland this morning, but Meghan will not attend any engagement, resting while Harry meets with the traditional owners of the park and forest ranger.
"After a busy schedule, The Duke and Duchess decided to cut back The Duchess program for the next two days, before the last week and a half of the tour," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "The Duke will continue with the commitments on Fraser Island as planned."
The couple will visit Fiji and Tonga after Fraser Island.
It was supposed to happen yesterday at the Invictus Games events in and around Sydney Harbor. But after a storm delayed the opening ceremony on Saturday night, Meghan decided not to attend the presentation of the Invictus cycling medal in the morning at the Sydney Dominion.
Instead, he opted to rest in the Admiralty House, where the couple had stayed, prompting speculation about his health. The prince was left to deliver medals for himself.
When he left the medal ceremony and went through the NSW Art Gallery, disappointed viewers shouted "Harry, where's Meghan?"
She told the crowd: "She is resting at home, being pregnant has its effect."
There was more speculation about whether he would reject Prime Minister Scott Morrison at his Invictus reception luncheon at the Pavilion restaurant in the Dominion, where the duchess was to meet with children and athletes.
However, news.com.au saw her sneak through the back door.
Harry greeted her with a kiss when he got out of a car driven to the pavilion. The couple was received by Mr. Morrison and his family, and the prince shook hands with the excited daughters of the prime minister.
Prince Harry was seen in the back gallery of the restaurant giving a speech.
The beloved couple then set sail to sail in the afternoon, hitting the water in Sydney Harbor to watch the final of the Invictus Games up close.
After participating in the event, the royal couple returned to Admiralty House, the official residence of the Governor General, hand in hand.
It was an action-packed day for the Duchess, as she helped the Prince celebrate the Olympic-style athletic competition for disabled and battered people.
The expectant mother does not suffer from morning sickness, but apparently feels tired when juggling real duties and pregnancy while on tour.
The suns Real reporter Emily Andrews tweeted: "It's been an exhausting week, and although the Duchess has not had any morning sickness, she has been very tired."
There will not be a cruise route for the royal family, since they are scheduled to travel in 4WD through Fraser Island.
Last week, members of the media were warned that part of the trip, whether by ferry or off-road on the island, might require some medication for seasickness.
HARRY AND THE BUDGIE SMUGGLERS
The Invictus runner, Ben Yeomans, tried to get Prince Harry to sign his budding smugglers, but the prince refused to laugh when Mr. Yeomans put them on his head.
However, Harry will take home a couple of his own, which have the words "Aus Aus Bottom Team" printed on the backside and which was presented to him privately this morning.
Prince Harry graciously refused to sign a pair of smugglers of green and gold parakeets, despite the cheerful pleas of the Australian larrikins, Mr. Yeomans, Damien Irish, and Jarrod Kent.
However, it was all smiles and the trio had nothing but praise for the duke.
Mr. Kent said that they understood that it would not have been a good look at the blinds of the world press.
"I was fully aware of that," Mr. Kent laughed. "We expected him to try them, but hey, next time." To be honest, he's very sensible, one of the guys really.
Harry also spoke with the Invictus athlete, Damien Irish, with whom he played water polo in the United Kingdom in 2004.
To update! #meghan I'll get to Fraser Island but NOT make commitments there … a good walk along the beach could be the ticket. It has been an exhausting week, and although the Duchess has not had morning sickness, she has been very tired.
– Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 21, 2018
It occurs after the prince raised a crowd of 4000 competitors, relatives and dignitaries at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games as he walked on stage to officially open the event on Saturday night.
The future father delighted the thousands who were watching when he spoke of his baby's joy.
"I was very proud to introduce you to my wife and we are very happy to celebrate the personal joy of our new incorporation with all of you," said Harry.
Earlier this week, he talked about how he "could not think of any better place" to announce to the world that he and Meghan were waiting for their first child.
HARRY IMPRESSES INVICTUS COMPETITORS
The Duke of Sussex proved to the competitors of Invictus Games that he is one of them, as the competition continues on the second day.
The real newlywed took the time to stop to talk to wounded former military men and women around the world, stopping to put a hand on their scars or to inspect their prostheses.
"He's been there, he's done it, he's experienced everything we've gone through," said Mr. Kent, an Australian cycling competitor.
Despite beginning his conversation with the patron of Invictus with a laugh, Yeomans said there was a serious moment in which he and his companions tried to convey to the Prince his gratitude for what he had started.
"We talked about the games and how inspiring it is for us," said Mr. Yeomans. "It's absolutely incredible, to spread the word and inspire the audience and make everyone behind him."
The British press reported over the weekend that the Duchess of Sussex refused to tell her father Thomas Markle that she was pregnant, and instead asked Mother Doria to do so.
A source said Sun, the future mother felt too "bruised and raw" to talk to him after his father revealed details of his conversations with Prince Harry.
Meghan shined before the opening ceremony with a dress by Stella McCartney that was previously set for the Queen's birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April.
The Duke received cheers and a standing ovation for his inspiring speech when he opened the Invictus Games.
"You are the optimistic generation. "You are the new generation of services and you are the role models for all of us," he told the competitors.
He gave a special message to the country.
"I have a mission for all of you Australians. And it's not how many shrimp you can put in the barbie, "he joked.
"Our competitors have come to these games, most of them traveling from many thousands of miles away.
"It's your job to encourage them and share their stories, it's your privilege to look in the stands or with your friends and family around television, it's your responsibility to make sure your children know how amazing these guys and girls really are."
That same day, he paid tribute to the thousands of Australians who lost their lives in battle during a visit to the Anzac Memorial in Sydney.
Harry and Meghan laid a wreath on the memorial steps and, as piper, touched the military lament, Prince Harry saluted. The duke also greeted while playing the Australian national anthem.
The couple bowed their heads as a minute of silence was observed to honor the fallen, and Prince Harry stood rigid before his wife's attention during the military presentation of the weapons.
The humid weather, which previously threatened to wash the event, failed to dampen the spirit of the athletes who showed up for the Saturday night ceremony after heavy storms lashed the harbor and delayed the opening for more than an hour.
Some attendees were apparently discouraged by the weather. Some seats were vacant on the steps of the Opera House, and Invictus officials informed news.com.au that several attendees had left.
But the wet weather did not dampen the mood of the competitors. The Australian team chanted: "Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!" While the remaining attendees found their seats in the slippery patio.
The 500 athletes from 18 nations, along with their families and supporters, came to the show by boat when the skies opened on the rainy royal tour in Australia.
The ceremony included traditional aboriginal dances and performances by Australian favorites such as Kate Ceberano and Lee Kernaghan, but it was Magda Szubanski who stole the show.
Giving the royal couple the full treatment of Aussie, the beloved comedian burst onto the stage dressed as his famous character. Kath and Kim Alter ego Sharon Strzelecki.
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