SYDNEY – The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has seen her schedule cut off during her first real tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with her husband, Prince Harry.
The tour is extremely busy, with the royal couple scheduled to attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip through four countries.
Meghan, who is approximately 12 weeks pregnant, skipped an event in Sydney on Sunday morning, leaving Harry to attend a cycling competition at the Invictus Games alone.
He later joined the prince to watch sailing events and at a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The Kensington Palace said the royal couple had moved to reduce Meghan's schedule before their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in the second phase of their tour.
"After a busy program, the duke and the duchess decided to cut back a bit on the duchess's program for the next two days, before the last week and a half of the tour," the palace said in a statement.
The planned role of Meghan on a trip scheduled for Monday to Fraser Island, in the state of Queensland, in northern Australia, was not clear, and the palace statement said only that "the duke will continue with the commitments in the island of Fraser. "
The pair will leave Australia for Fiji and Tonga on Tuesday. They will return to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, the creation of Harry and the focus of his tour, before ending with a visit to New Zealand.
Harry spent a lot of time at the noon reception chatting with competitors assembled for the Invictus Games, which give military personnel and wounded and injured veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and find inspiration to recover.
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