The commentary around this tour has noted time and again how grueling the pace is, particularly once the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy was announced, but it appears it has finally caught up with HRH after all. Kensington Palace confirmed earlier today that the Duke of Sussex would carry out an earlier engagement for the Invictus Games solo while Meghan rested, and though she joined him for the day’s later event, her schedule over the next few days will be amended.
Six days into the Sussexes’ four-country tour and we’re still not at the halfway point! We have three countries still to go, while the Invictus Games are now underway in Sydney for the next week. After carrying out two engagements “today” (I don’t know about you, but somewhere in there I slept and so for my purposes it’s now “yesterday”), Harry and Meghan attended the Invictus Games opening ceremony.
It was a decidedly more casual affair for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the afternoon – after unveiling a plaque at the Anzac memorial, the pair traveled by boat to Cockatoo Island for their first Invictus Games engagement.
This morning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced stop at the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park, recognizing the New South Wales Government’s efforts to revitalize the memorial in honor of World War I’s centenary. You may recall that Harry and Meghan attended a remembrance ceremony for Anzac Day at Wellington Arch and then Westminster Abbey in anticipation of their visits to Australia and New Zealand.
After a colorful morning at Bondi Beach (honestly, I wish I’d waited for all the photos to be released, because they keep getting better – some more at the end of this post), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unannounced visit to the Macarthur Girls school in Sydney.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kicked off Day Four of their tour on yet another beach, this time in Sydney – and this time with Megan in more thematically appropriate ensemble. Actually, the photos from today are hilarious, particularly if you don’t know what the nature of the engagement is. So, I guess, feel free to skip the text in this post completely and just mentally caption these images.
When Tuesday rolled around and Kensington Palace hadn’t announced another engagement for the Duchess of Cambridge, I wondered if she had purposefully taken this week off knowing that her sister was due to give birth. In fact, the game plan appears to have been for her and the Duke of Cambridge to quietly continue working, understanding that all eyes are on the Sussexes on the other side of the world.
Following a reception at Government House and a trip to a social cafe and school, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out a final few engagements in Melbourne before returning to Sydney. For Meghan, this meant a quick costume change from the morning’s navy Dion Lee.
Day Three of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s tour kicked off in Melbourne today, featuring yet another jam-packed schedule full of walkabouts, school visits and screaming fans.
The royal tour continues with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today arriving in Dubbo, about 300 km outside of Sydney. Their agenda includes a walkabout, a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, a picnic at Victoria Park with members of the public and a stop by a girls’ school. I’ll get as much as I can up now, but may round out tomorrow as the day progresses – thank you, time zones.