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A The pregnant duchess Megan is taking some time to rest.

Kensington Palace announced on Sunday that the Duchess of Sussex will decrease her scheduled appearances during her first real tour, a 16-day walk through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

"After a busy schedule, the duke and the duchess decided to slightly cut back 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.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan began their Down Under tour on October 16, visiting thousands of enthusiastic fans, the Sydney Opera House and the Koala joeys Meghan and Harry at the Taronga Zoo. The agenda of the royal family has been constant since then, with more than 70 scheduled commitments planned during his tour.

His twenty-four hour schedule finally reached the expectant mother, who will deliver the couple's first child in the spring. The news was announced just as Harry and Meghan arrived in Australia to begin their real tour.

The Duchess missed an event in Sydney on Saturday, leaving Prince Harry alone during a cycling competition at the Invictus Games. Later, Meghan met with her husband to watch sailing events and attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry observe the careers of the Elliott 7 team during the navigation on day 2 of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 in the port of Sydney on October 21, 2018. (Photo: Mark Kolbe / Getty Images)

It is unclear whether Duchess Meghan will participate in a scheduled trip to Fraser Island on Monday, outside the state of Queensland, in northern Australia, and the palace statement says that "the duke will continue the commitments on Fraser Island."

The Duke and the Duchess went to visit one of the iconic lakes of Fraser Island to learn about the island's history, beauty and diversity thanks to the local elders and the park rangers. Other The visit to the beach was also scheduled to learn logging trade, which served as a training base for the Australian Special Unit Z during World War II.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will head to 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.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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