Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island on October 22, 2018 on Fraser Island, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
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Pregnant Meghan rejoins Harry on tour after ‘tiring few days’

She cut back on engagements slightly after a busy week on tour

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The Duchess of Sussex joined her husband, Prince Harry, for a walkabout on Fraser Island after taking the morning off from royal engagements.

Meghan, 37, has cut back slightly on her tour schedule following last week’s announcement that she’s pregnant with the couple’s first child.

They arrived on Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, on Monday morning, following a busy week of engagements at different cities in Australia, before going their separate ways.

The Duchess of Sussex arrives by boat to Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island (Credit: Media-Mode/Splashnews.com)

Prior to their arrival, Kensington Palace had confirmed Meghan would scale down on planned appearances, saying: “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.”

Harry, 34, conducted the day’s engagements on Fraser Island by himself while Meghan rested at their resort during the morning.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, meet the locals on Fraser Island
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet the locals on Fraser Island (Credit: Media-Mode / SplashNews.com)

Meghan then joined Harry for the last engagement of the day, where they strolled along the Kingfisher Bay Jetty and met with locals who had turned out to see them.

A royal aide told The Telegraph of Meghan: “She isn’t sick, she just had a tiring few days and we were concerned about the roads on the island which are incredibly bumpy and uncomfortable for anyone, let alone a pregnant woman.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, meet the locals on Fraser Island
They were gifted toys for their unborn baby (Credit: Media-Mode / SplashNews.com)

“But the duchess was very keen to re-join the duke at the last engagement of the day to greet the people of the island.”

Meghan was pictured keeping one protective hand on her stomach as she held hands with her husband at the jetty on Sunday afternoon.

(credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk along Kingfisher Bay Jetty during a visit to Fraser Island on October 22, 2018 on Fraser Island, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan kept a protective hand on her stomach (Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, Harry took part in a traditional Welcome To The Country Smoking Ceremony and unveiled a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K’gari to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy.

He also met with local elders and park rangers to learn more about the island, before travelling to the beach to learn about the island’s logging trade and history as a training base during World War II.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, meet the locals on Fraser Island
Meghan pictured greeting locals (Credit: Media-Mode / SplashNews.com)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend a private evening together on Fraser Island before travelling on to Fiji on Tuesday morning.

From there, they’ll continue to Tonga, back to Australia and then to New Zealand.

According to several royal correspondents, Meghan is “feeling fine” but her team are trying to “pace things for her.”

Meghan Markle arrives at Invictus Luncheon with Prince Harry, after missing morning events
Meghan joined Harry for an Invictus Luncheon on Sunday afternoon in Sydney after taking the morning to rest (Credit: Media Mode/Splashnews.com)

A source told Sky News: “We have to try to pace her. We have to make sure she is well-paced and not overdoing it. She had a very late night last night. She wants to do everything, but Prince Harry is encouraging her to pace herself.”

The news came after Meghan revealed to Emily Carroll – whose family live on Mountain View farm, which she and Harry visited last week – that she was due to complete 76 engagements in just 16 days during their tour.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 5
Meghan pictured in Sydney on Saturday (Credit: Splashnews.com)

Emily said: “Meghan told me that she’s feeling pretty good so far, which is great, and that she’s running on adrenaline.

“She said they’re doing 76 engagements in 16 days, with maybe one rest in the middle. She’s made for this royal business, isn’t she?”

Meanwhile, Harry was overheard on Sunday suggesting he’d like a baby girl with Meghan.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex is presented with a pair of Invictus underwear by the Australian team during the Invictus Games cycling time trial in Sydney
Harry at the Invictus Games on Sunday (Credit: Splashnews.com)

The Duke of Sussex had been attending an event for his Invictus Games in Sydney on Sunday when a woman in the crowd called out, “I hope it’s a girl!”

Harry appeared to reply: “So do I!”

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