Meghan Markle to "Cut Back" on Events During the Remainder of Royal Tour

She and Prince Harry still have another week and a half in the South Pacific

By Lena Grossman Oct 21, 2018 2:18 AMTags
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Bondi Beach, Australia, Day 4Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Just because Meghan Markle is a Duchess, it doesn't mean she's immortal.

Last week, Meghan and Prince Harry began their 16-day travels across Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand for their first royal tour as a married couple. One day after arriving in Sydney, Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child. Their schedule has been jam-packed with events, including but not limited to meeting the Governor-General of Australia, visiting Sydney's Taronga Zoo, kicking off the Invictus Games, reuniting with friends both old and new and much more. 

On Friday, Meghan cradled her baby bump and discussed her pregnancy symptoms while at Bondi Beach in Sydney. The Duchess chatted with a woman named Charlotte Waverley and told her "that pregnancy was like having jet lag."

Waverley repeated to reporters, "She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room as she couldn't sleep."

Meghan Markle's Best Looks From Her Royal Tour

Meghan is about 12 weeks along in her pregnancy and will be taking on a lighter load of appearances for the remainder of their time in the South Pacific. The Royal Household released a statement—which was obtained by E! News—that elaborated on this information a bit. The note said, "After a busy programme, 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."

On Sunday, according to Kensington Palace's agenda, Meghan and Prince Harry were scheduled to watch cycling and sailing events at the Invictus Games. The Royal Household's statement confirmed that Prince Harry "will attend the cycling as scheduled this morning, and The Duchess will join him for this afternoon's engagements."

While the Royal Household did not specify which obligations will be "cut back," the two of them are departing Australia within the next couple of days and heading to Fiji next. 

Take a look at the photos below for some of the Duke and Duchess' most PDA-packed moments throughout their royal tour thus far.

Hands in Harmony

In their first appearance in Australia on their Royal Tour, the couple arrive holding hands. This is also the first time we see Meghan after Kensington Palace announced that the Royal couple are having a baby. No word yet on the baby's sex, but after a long first day—including visiting some koalas—Harry said he couldn't think of a better place to announce the pregnancy.

Arms Locked

From the second they stepped off the plane in Dubbo, Australia , the soon-to-be parents can't  keep their hands off each other before a busy day second day of the Royal Tour.

Better Together

Meghan willingly stays by her Royal husband and holds the umbrella while he delivers a speech on mental health to locals on the second day of the tour in Dubbo, Australia.

Rainy Romance

Side-by-side, Prince Harry takes back hold of the umbrella so his Royal wife could stay dry.

Gearing Up for Parenthood

In probably the sweetest moment of the Royal Tour so far, the Duchess of Sussex puts her hand on the soon-to-be dad. He's hugging Luke Vincent, who has Down syndrome. Luke, who has met the Royal before, asked if he could touch Harry's beard. 

Popular Among The Crowd

The Royal couple lovingly stand together and greet the crowds in Dubbo, Australia.

All Aboard

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk to students from Albert Park Primary School, Port Melbourne Primary School and Elwood Secondary College while riding on a tram in Melbourne.

Power Couple

Royalty in the house! The famous pair are a perfect match while attending a reception at Government House. 

What a Gift

While visiting Albert Park Primary School, Meghan receives a special gift from a friendly student. As for Prince Harry, he can't help but rub his wife's back during the sweet exchange.

Invictus Games Prep

The two wear matching shirts and share affectionate glances as they prepare for the Invictus Games opening ceremony.

OMG Moment

During a reception at Government House Victoria, the royal couple meet with an F1 in Schools team from Trinity Grammar and are invited to race two miniature cars. 


The royal couple walks hand-in-hand on Bondi Beach on the fourth day of their tour in Australia.

Beach PDA

Meghan and Harry hold each other close while sitting on the beach together.

Ladies First

They had the whole world in a frenzy on whether he was touching her butt or not! 

Stay tuned for updates on their travels across the South Pacific.