Duchess Meghan cutting back on grueling schedule: Kensington Palace

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On Friday, they will return to Sydney for the final days of the Invictus Games before flying home via New Zealand.

The former Suits actress ducked out of arranged meetings this morning after an electrical storm delayed the launch event for the Games and prompted a late night for the pair.

The couple are nearly halfway through their tour of Australasia, during which the are carrying out 76 engagements over 16 days.

Kensington Palace shared a photo of the prince rehearsing his evening speech in the empty venue with Meghan as his sole audience member.

She was due to attend a cycling event on Sunday morning for the Invictus Games - the tournament for wounded military veterans which Harry founded - but he turned up on his own.

The couple are now part-way through a gruelling 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga - their first official visit outside the United Kingdom and Ireland - with 76 events on their schedule. The source explained that Meghan had a "very late night" and they're trying to encourage her to work at a more consistent and manageable pace, that way she doesn't get overworked.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, the Duchess of Sussex's estranged father, revealed his joy at news his she is expecting her first child with Prince Harry.

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The wording was a nod to the original plaque Prince Henry unveiled 84 years ago, which noted that the memorial was "opened by the son of a king".

It was reported last week that Meghan, 37, had recently had a 12-week ultrasound.

Also during their visit last week, Harry and Meghan chatted with a woman named Jessica and played with her 5-month-old daughter Harriet.

But she later re-joined Harry as the couple took to the water to support those taking part in the sailing final in Sydney Harbour. Created by Prince Harry, the games have been held annually since 2014.

Invictus Games is an global adaptive multi-sport event, in which wounded and recovering services personnel participate in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together and the world has been going insane over that piece of news ever since the palace announced it.

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