Meghan Markle Is Cutting Back Her Royal Tour Schedule

Duchess of Sussex compares pregnancy to 'jet lag'

The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry.

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.

A source has told The Sun that while Prince Harry is proud to have his wife by his side during their first official overseas trip together, he's also protective of her and has encouraged her to cut back and rest.

Priyanka, who is a close friend of Meghan shared her elation and expressed, "I would, as a friend, just say that I'm really excited for her".

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Meanwhile, this isn't the first time on the tour that Meghan has ditched her heels. "The Duke will continue with the engagements on Fraser Island as planned".

The royal couple have had a gruelling schedule since arriving in Australia on Monday, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and the regional town of Dubbo, as well as opening the Olympic-style Invictus Games for disabled and wounded soldiers. "Thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days", he said.

Harry replied: "So do I".

One added: "We have to try to pace her".

"He said: 'Shall I put them on?' We said: 'One hundred percent.' So he put them on".

The royal dad-to-be made the sweetest remarks about his future baby with wife Meghan Markle during the 2018 Invictus Games Opening Ceremony on Saturday at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

Meghan's half-sister Samantha Markle also spoke out about the Duchess of Sussex's pregnancy and said that she wants Meghan to be happy and calm.

After resting on Sunday morning, Meghan joined Harry for a lunch reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The Duchess will still visit Fiji and Tonga but it is possible that her schedule will be slightly adjusted.

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