Possible Change In Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour Schedule
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle joined her husband, Prince Harry, at an Invictus Games event on Sunday. She, however, skipped one of the events after her pregnancy was announced and it was also announced that she would have to cut back on her schedule due to her pregnancy.
Their sixteen days visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand marks the first of their joint royal tour. Some hours after they started their tour last week, Kensington Palace officially announced that they were expecting a baby.
Since they began the tour, Meghan has joined Prince Harry in attendance at seventy six public events like the 4th annual Invictus Games’ opening ceremony and the Paralympic-style competition founded by the Prince.
Detour From Schedule
In a statement released on Saturday, Kensington Palace stated that after a busy week, both Prince Harry and Meghan have decided to cut back Meghan’s schedule for the upcoming days ahead of the final part of their tour.
According to a royal source, Meghan wasn’t sick but was just tired and the intention is to pace her and ensure that she is not overdoing things considering that she had a late night on Saturday. According to the source, Meghan is interested in doing everything but the the prince has encouraged her to things down.
The next morning, Prince Harry reportedly left Meghan behind so she could get more rest as he went out to present the medals at a road cycling event. The Duchess, however, joined him on a yacht to watch a sailing race in the afternoon. They were pictured in Invictus Games windbreakers on dark pants andsneakers to complete the look which makes it their most causal look in public since their wedding. Team Australia reportedly won the race.
Earlier that day, the Duchess also accompanied the Duke to a lunch reception with the Invictus Games athletes. The lunch was hosted by Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister. They also met with kids from a charity at the event.
The charity, Kookaburra Kids Charity, offers support to children that live with family members who are affected by mental ailment. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex still have plans to visit Fraser Island.
Royal Pregnancy Traditions
Now that Meghan Markle is pregnant there are some royal pregnancy traditions and rules that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to comply with.
- The Baby’s Gender Remains A Secret
Before Prince Louis’ birth, people kept wondering whether Kate Middleton was going to give birth to a princess or a prince. In fact, no one knew the gender of any of Prince Williams and Kate Middleton’s children until after their birth. They both reportedly said they chose not to find out the gender of the baby until birth. The waiting till birth is a typical rule in the royal family.
- Traveling During Pregnancy Isn’t A Welcome Activity
Meghan unlike several other women is highly affected by this particular rule as she had just arrived Australia when the news of her pregnancy was announced. Reports indicate that pregnant royals are enjoined to reduce traveling abroad to the barest minimum and that is a safety measure. Although royal women conduct engagements even up till their pregnancy ends as they never get the official maternity leave till after the birth of the baby, they are encouraged to remain close home in case of any emergency.
However, it will be recalled that Kate traveled to Norway while she was pregnant with Prince Louis although she said she had to opt out of other trips.
- They Are Not Expected To Have A Baby Shower
This is also part of the royal traditions. Victoria Arbiter, a royal expert, said that holding elaborate baby showers isn’t feature of the royal family. There were different reports that Kate had a party thrown for her by Pippa Middleton before the birth of Prince George, however, a lot of royal experts have noted that it wasn’t so.
- The Baby Usually Gets Up To 4 Names
Royal babies usually have up to 4 names. Prince Harry, for instance, has four names i.e. Henry Charles Albert David. Will and Kate’s children have three names each. For instance Prince Louis goes by the full name Louis Arthur Charles.
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