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"It's a bit of a double whammy for her, she said, as she has both the baby and jet lag to contend with".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took separate boats Monday to Queensland's Fraser Island as their tour of Australia and the South Pacific continued with a reduced schedule for the pregnant duchess.

The royal is set to accompany Prince Harry to the island, but will not take part in any of the events. "She told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag".

Laughing, the Duke of Sussex replied: "So do I!".

She is expected to scale back some of her engagements for the next couple of days as she and Harry head into the second week of their packed 16-day tour.

Royal sources said the duke had urged his pregnant wife to pace herself after a late night watching the games opening ceremony.

"We also genuinely couldn't think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl".

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Their royal highnesses will be met on arrival by the traditional owners of Fraser Island, the Butchulla people, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Their original schedule had over 70 engagements for the period.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex held hands as they walked along the Kingfisher Bay Jetty in Fraser Island on Monday. Harry went solo at the Invictus Games on the morning of October 21 and told the crowd that Meghan "was resting back at home" because "being pregnant takes its toll".

Meanwhile, Thomas Markle - the Duchess' father - has revealed he was "filled with love, joy, and happiness" following the royals' baby announcement.

"It was a very proud moment", the former Hollywood lighting director told The Mail on Sunday in an interview, published Saturday. First of all I thought about Megan and how I was holding her newborn, in her arms.

"I was filled with love, joy, and happiness for both my handsome daughter and my son-in-law".

"First of all, thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days", he said to the assembled crowd at the Sydney Opera House.

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