Harry opens fourth Invictus Games

Credit PA Images

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The pregnant wife of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will cut back her busy schedule as the royal couple enter the last week-and-a-half of their tour to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

The Duchess of Sussex has chose to cut back on some parts of her first major royal tour after announcing earlier in the week that she's expecting her first child.

For many, the folders added to speculation Meghan Markle is expecting a baby, fuelling the fire already stoked by the large blue coat she wore at Princess Eugenie's wedding last week.

Meghan was set to present medals at a road cycling event for the Invictus Game on Sunday morning but Harry appeared at the event alone.

More than 550 competitors from 17 nations competed in 12 sports in 2017's Games in Toronto, which was also notable as being the venue for the first official outing of Harry and his now wife, Meghan.

But if Meghan was further along in her pregnancy it would also explain why she has been able to tackle such a hectic tour schedule easily (apart from a few secret breaks).

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While Harry takes in some of the competitions, Markle was "resting back at home, being pregnant takes its toll", a source said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison served as the host for the reception, which was held in the afternoon at the Pavilion Restaurant.

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". "We have to try and pace her".

Harry kicked off their sixth day in Australia by attending his Invictus Games solo, with Meghan joining him later in the day.

A Royal source said: "She wants to do everything, but Prince Harry is encouraging her to pace herself".

'She just wished she could be at the beach again, ' Helen Donaldson, the officer in charge of Hervey Bay, wrote alongside the touching image of the woman's beach visit.

Businesses and tourism bodies are hoping for a boost from the Royal couple's visit to the area, with thousands of people expected to attend in hope of seeing them. The video shows a fan shouting: "I hope it's a girl!" and Harry replying with: "So do I!"

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