Thanks to a weather delay, the Invictus Games' opening ceremony went into Sunday. That would be exhausting for anyone but perhaps no one more so than The Duchess of Sussex.
For the first time in their 16-day tour, Meghan had to hold up a white flag and was absent for Sunday morning's engagements. Kensington Palace said in a statement: "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."
So that left Prince Harry on his own — but he's used to that. He hit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney to cheer on the cycling competitors, where he also helped a member of Team France with his helmet, and gave out medals.
🚴 Cycling at the #InvictusGames — after presenting medals The Duke of Sussex joined competitors on and off the track, including visiting Team France post-race, uniting the UK and Aussie teams, and gave a helping hand to a competitor on track! Follow @InvictusGames2018 for all the latest, and visit our Story to see how to watch live. 📷 Kensington Palace / Getty Images for Invictus Games Foundation #IG2018 #Invictus #GameOnDownUnder #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney
After leaving the medals ceremony, Harry was joined by Meghan (yay!) and the two met with Kookaburra Kids, which supports children living in families affected by mental illness. Megs kept it casual in a black turtleneck, pinstriped blazer by L'agence, slingback heels by Aquazurra and matchstick trousers not to mention a renewed glow, proving that a little rest goes a long way. And the youngsters they chatted with couldn't look more enraptured.
The Invictus Games were created for our men and women in uniform; designed around their talents and their needs; and built not just for them, but also for the friends and families that have supported their recoveries and had their lives changed forever. At the #InvictusGames The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met @KookaburraKids, who support children living in families affected by mental illness. They provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. #IG2018 #Invictus #GameOnDownUnder #RoyalVisitAustralia #Australia #Sydney
The royal couple did change for their last major event of the day: a trip to Fraser Island to check out the first-ever sailing event of any Invictus Games. It seems that Markle has managed to avoid any bouts of morning sickness and thankfully she doesn't appear to suffer from motion sickness because the boat ride over looked choppy.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to the water to watch the teams compete in the @InvictusGames2018 sailing today, making its debut in this year's #InvictusGames — congratulations to hosts Australia on a spectacular perfomance to take the gold medal! 📷 Getty Images for Invictus Games Foundation #IG2018 #InvictusGames #MakeYourMarkDownUnder
After the final, there were big hugs all around. Big. Huge. "Now that's a hug," Meghan can be heard saying after Harry gets lifted off the ground. She, on the other hand, got a proper one.
The royals then headed to a reception and dinner hosted by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison for their last evening in Sydney. The couple heads to Fraser Island tomorrow, and while Meghan may travel with Harry, she might not necessarily take part in the day's engagements.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest Sand island and is difficult terrain to travel on - especially for a pregnant woman. It makes sense that the Duchess would rest up instead of doing everything on tomorrow’s itinerary. #RoyalVisitAustralia— Emily Nash (@emynash) October 21, 2018
It has been confirmed she will be heading to Fiji and Tonga, but there might be some tinkering with her schedule for those days as well. Fingers crossed she gets the rest she needs because the more Meghan, the merrier.meghan markleprince harryroyalstrending