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Prince Harry inspires athletes as pregnant Meghan trims Australia schedule

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The pregnant spouse of Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will reduce her busy schedule as the royal couple enter the final week-and-a-half of their tour to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Meghan curtailed her actions after attending the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games on Saturday evening at Sydney’s Opera House. A thunderstorm delayed the opening for greater than an hour however didn’t dampen the spirits of rivals from 18 nations who watched a musician play a didgeridoo in a standard 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 informed the rivals in his tackle.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex meet Team UK rivals whereas attending a lunchtime Reception hosted by the Prime Minister with Invictus Games rivals, their household and associates within the metropolis’s central parkland Sydney October 21, 2018. The Prince offers Team UK vice-captain Michelle Turner a hug. Paul Edwards /Pool through REUTERS

The Invictus Games are athletic competitions involving wounded army personnel and have been credited for fostering hope and resilience in folks traumatized throughout battle.

“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,” stated Prince Harry to rousing applause from 500 athletes and a supportive crowd that stuffed the Opera House stairs, in accordance with video of the speech on the British royal household’s Twitter account.

However, Meghan took a break from the Invictus Games occasions on Sunday morning although Harry watched a biking competitors.

“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 stated in a press release reported by Australia’s SBS information.

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The Duchess was again on deck at lunch time, welcomed by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison at an Invictus Games reception for rivals and psychological well being group 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 stated in his tackle which was televised on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

During the reception, the Duke and Duchess met with youngsters from the Kookaburra Kids Foundation which helps households affected by psychological sickness, the Endeavour Clontarf Academy which helps deprived indigenous males, and cadets from the Royal Australian Air Force.

The royal couple will journey on Monday to Queensland’s Fraser Island on the north-east coast of Australia earlier than leaving for Tonga and Fiji later within the week.

On Friday, they’ll return to Sydney for the ultimate days of the Invictus Games earlier than flying residence through New Zealand.

Reporting by Alison Bevege; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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