The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has pulled out of official engagements during the royal couple’s Fraser Island visit.
Kensington Palace announced that while Markle will still join Prince Harry on the last day of their first leg in Australia, she will not take part in any official events.
She has said that her pregnancy sometimes feels like “jet lag”, and has her doing yoga at 4:30am.
The royal couple were to meet the traditional owners of the world’s largest sand island, and take part in a Welcome to Country ceremony, then would have travelled to one of Fraser Island’s iconic lakes to meet with local elders and national park rangers to learn about the island’s history, biodiversity and cultural significance.
After that, Prince Harry and Markle would have traveled to nearby Kingfisher Bay by boat.
After a brief sojourn in Fiji and Tonga, the royals will return to Australia on Friday October 26, to attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney.
Their last day in Australia, Friday, October 27, involves attending the final day the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games at Sydney Olympic Park.
They then head to New Zealand for three days.
Over the weekend, Prince Harry rehearsed his important Invictus Games opening ceremony speech with just Markle watching in the empty forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, and fans are loving the candid photo.
Last week, the two took part in a colourful mental health gathering at Bondi Beach, where they broke with royal protocol and took their shoes off to sit on the sand.
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded and recovering veterans and active servicepeople, and will end with a closing ceremony on October 27.
Created by Prince Harry, the games have been held annually since 2014.
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