Prince Harry inspires athletes as pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule



Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex meet Team UK competitors while attending a lunchtime Reception hosted by the Prime Minister with Invictus Games competitors, their family and friends in the city's central parkland Sydney October 21, 2018. The Prince gives Team UK vice-captain Michelle Turner a hug. Paul Edwards /Pool via REUTERS

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Australia

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By Alison Bevege

SYDNEY (Reuters) – 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.

Meghan curtailed her activities after attending the opening
ceremony for the Invictus Games on Saturday night at Sydney’s
Opera House. A thunderstorm delayed the opening for more than an
hour but did not dampen the spirits of competitors from 18
nations who watched a musician play a didgeridoo in a traditional
Aboriginal welcoming ceremony.

“You are the role models to us all, and you are going to put on
one hell of a show over the next week,” Prince Harry told the
competitors in his address.

The Invictus Games are athletic competitions involving wounded
military personnel and have been credited for fostering hope and
resilience in people traumatized during conflict.

“Be inspired, get excited. Allow the example of service and
determination that you all see to change something big or small
in your own lives,” said Prince Harry to rousing applause from
500 athletes and a supportive crowd that filled the Opera House
stairs, according to video of the speech on the British royal
family’s Twitter account.

However, Meghan took a break from the Invictus Games events on
Sunday morning though Harry watched a cycling competition.

“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,” Kensington
Palace said in a statement reported by Australia’s SBS news.

The Duchess was back on deck at lunch time, welcomed by
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at an Invictus Games
reception for competitors and mental health organization
representatives.

“You’ve all come together today to join together as a community
to give testimony to that great Australian spirit about how we
look after each other as mates,” Morrison said in his address
which was televised on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

During the reception, the Duke and Duchess met with children from
the Kookaburra Kids Foundation which supports families affected
by mental illness, the Endeavour Clontarf Academy which helps
disadvantaged indigenous men, and cadets from the Royal
Australian Air Force.

The royal couple will travel on Monday to Queensland’s Fraser
Island on the north-east coast of Australia before leaving for
Tonga and Fiji later in the week.

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

(Reporting by Alison Bevege; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)



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