A piece in yesterday’s Times:
The Duchess of Sussex has cancelled part of her programme on her tour of Australia with Prince Harry because of tiredness. [J4MB emphasis]
She missed an Invictus Games event in Sydney and called off engagements today on Fraser Island off the Queensland coast, on the encouragement of her husband. Kensington Palace said that it was making decisions day by day, and it remained possible that the duchess may fulfil one engagement today.
The duke, 34, began the day by dedicating a forest on Fraser Island, known as K’gari, to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, which aims to preserve the world’s forests. He was greeted with a traditional Aboriginal ceremony from the local Butchulla people on the shores of Lake McKenzie.
The duke was, he admitted, not the first royal to dedicate the forest. “This is actually the second time this plaque has been unveiled, which I know is highly unusual,” he said. “The first time was by my father – the Prince of Wales – in Bundaberg earlier this year when he was visiting. I now have the privilege of unveiling it in situ. I know that my father came to K’gari in 1994 for a ‘day off’ during a Royal Tour so he has an appreciation of the importance of this place.”
He joked: “Luckily we are both highly skilled when it comes to unveiling plaques.”
Meghan Markle is 37. Queen Elizabeth, 92, doesn’t cancel engagements due to “tiredness”.
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