Meghan Markle’s Tour Schedule Scaled Back Amid Pregnancy
The pregnant Duchess of Sussex was out on the water with Prince Harry to watch the Invictus Games sailing after taking a break earlier in the day on Sunday.
She is expected to scale back some of her engagements for the next couple of days as she and Harry head into the second week of their packed 16-day tour.
Meghan skipped an event on Sunday morning after a late night at the Invictus Games opening in Sydney, leaving Harry to step out solo for the first time.
Meghan Markle's Royal Tour Schedule Has Been Scaled Back During Her Pregnancy
The royal couple's tour, which started last Tuesday, has included long days in Dubbo and Melbourne.
Meghan has made mention of jet lag a couple of times during events. Last week at Bondi she told a wellwisher she had been up at 4.30am doing yoga.
Prince Harry and Meghan are due to fly to Queensland's Fraser Island on Monday before heading to Tonga and Fiji.
However, Meghan's participation on Fraser Island is up in the air.
Kensington Palace said the couple decided to cut back Meghan's schedule before their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
"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."
Prince Harry officially opened the Invictus Games at the Opera House on Saturday night after a wild electrical storm delayed proceedings by more than an hour.
Meghan Markle decided not to attend the cycling events on Sunday morning with disappointed onlookers shouting out to Prince Harry, "Harry, where's Meghan?"
He told the crowd: “She’s resting at home. Being pregnant takes its toll.”
Meghan later joined Harry at the prime minister's Invictus lunchtime reception.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, wife Jenny and his daughters Lily and Abbey met the royal couple.
The prince spotted a familiar face in the crowd and asked powerlifter Tyronne Gawthorne, 36, if he had a new tattoo since they met at last year's Invictus Games in Toronto.
The former infantryman lifted his shirt and showed Harry the new ink on his back.
"He wanted to see if I had any new ones. I told him it is a traditional Samoan tattoo," the East Timor and Afghanistan veteran said.
Prince Harry lovingly rubbed his wife's back as they moved through the crowd.
He was dressed casually in a grey jacket and blue shirt, while Meghan sported a black turtleneck jumper by Australian company Wolford, tight black jeans by Outland and a blazer by L'agence.
Among their new friends was Angel the special needs dog and the children from the Kookaburra Kids Foundation, who gave the couple two stuffed kookaburra toys for their baby.
"Harry asked us which of our parents are in the military so we put our hands up," said Lincoln, 8, who was with his brothers Lachlan, 10, and Charlie, 6.
"I said our mum's in the military. I don't know what she does but she is a major."
After visiting Fiji and Tonga, the royal couple will return to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the games then visit New Zealand.