Meghan's schedule in Australia cut back after hectic start

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, claps as she and her husband Britain's Prince Harry attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their families and friends in Sydney Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, watches her husband Britain's Prince Harry speaks during a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their families and friends in Sydney Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry, left, meets Australian competitors who show him a pair of trunks as he attends the Invictus Games cycling competition at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day six of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry hugs a guest during a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their families and friends in Sydney Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess Sussex attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their family and friends in the city's central parkland in Sydney on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their families and friends in Sydney Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry, right, greets a competitor at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at Sydney Olympic Park Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day four of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess Sussex talk with school children as they attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their family and friends in the city's central parkland in Sydney on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, clap duirng a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their families and friends in Sydney Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry, left, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess Sussex talk with school children as they attend a lunchtime reception hosted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison with Invictus Games competitors, their family and friends in the city's central parkland in Sydney on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)

SYDNEY — 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.

The tour is an extremely busy one, with the royal couple scheduled to attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip across four countries.

Meghan, who is due to give birth in the spring, skipped an event in Sydney on Sunday morning, leaving Harry to attend a cycling competition at the Invictus Games alone.

She later joined the prince to watch sailing events, and at a lunchtime reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Kensington Palace said the royal couple had moved to reduce Meghan's schedule ahead of their visit to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand in the second phase of their tour.

"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," the palace said in a statement.

Meghan's envisaged role on a scheduled Monday trip to Fraser Island, off Queensland state in Australia's north, was unclear, with the palace statement saying only that "the Duke will continue with the engagements on Fraser Island."

The couple are due to leave Australia for Fiji and Tonga on Tuesday. They will return to Sydney on Friday night for the final days of the Invictus Games, Harry's brainchild and the focus of their tour, before finishing off with a visit to New Zealand.

Harry spent considerable time at the lunchtime reception chatting with competitors assembled for the Invictus Games, which gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball, and to find inspiration to recover.

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