Meghan Markle has divided public opinion after the mother-to-be made the decision to cut back her busy royal tour schedule following an exhausting few days in Australia.

The Duchess, who is three or four months pregnant, unexpectedly missed an appearance with husband Harry to watch a road cycling race today.

She will also not take part in scheduled events on Fraser Island today.

Some angry Twitter users hit out and said ‘pregnancy isn’t an illness’ and she shouldn’t take time off because of it.

‘Millions of women around the world work through pregnancy with illness because they don’t have a choice. It’s not news,’ one wrote.

Another added: ‘she’s only pregnant not ill’

While a third wrote: ‘I doubt shaking a few hands and lording around Oz is gonna have a detrimental on the pregnancy. Try working in a real public sector business 6 weeks before you give birth. Give us a break from this s*** please.’

But there were many more quick to leap to the Duchess’s defence, with one praising her sensible.

‘Of course pregnancy shouldn’t be treated as an illness, but my god growing a human can be absolutely exhausting (I was regularly asleep by 8pm in my pregs)

‘It’s a tiredness deep into your bones. Babies take what they need first, leaving Mum to cope with the scraps that are left.’

Another said: ‘it’s wise, you could see the exhaustion on her face, although she tried her best to hide it. Nothing is more important right now than the precious little one.’

‘it’s the jet lag combined with the pregnancy that’s difficult to deal with. she is absolutely right to rest’ another said.

Good on her for listening to her body and taking a well earnt rest!

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  • I guess she just needed to do what was right for her.


  • She’s in her late 30s, travelled across the world to where the weather is a lot warmer then she’s used to. Let’s face it, they were flat out, I wouldn’t have wanted to do as much as she was doing in a day if I was pregnant. It’s exhausting and she doesn’t want to do anything to risk her baby’s life


  • She does have a choice and good on her for making a choice that suits her. No one knows the ins and outs of the pregnancy and neither should they.


  • I believe Meghan is doing the right thing and listening to her body. I’m sure she has talked with Harry about this and the baby is more important. Wonder what the negators would say if she tried to push through and collapsed? Don’t forget, no two pregnancies are the same.


  • Good on you Meghan. I applaud you. I was commenting on your full roster, without the additional strain of pregnancy. The trolls are vicious, pathetic, mindless, gutless cowards. When I was pregnant, I could hardly get out of bed for 9 months. I had what Princess Kate had so I fully appreciate the challenges of pregnancy. The women trolling you should be ashamed. And the men well… say no more!! They will never understand pregnancy. I am so pleased for you and Harry and that he probably suggested you take a rest. They are an amazing couple. Are people jealous? Probably very much so.


  • But her work is a little more full on that others, all that travel and imagine how early she is getting up and going back to bed. It would be exhausting people need to leave her alone and remember how hard pregnancy is.. And it doesn’t get any easier the older you get.


  • I think every woman is different, some need more rest than others and if she can take it easier, then she should be able to.


  • I think we can all agree that growing a baby is hard work. I’m sure it’s not different if you’re a royal. Imagine if you had your face splashed all over the news every second you were out, and trying to look calm, enjoying yourself and not exhausted! Who knows, she might have terrible morning sickness. Leave her alone trolls!

    • Trolls! Finding the unpleasant in things must be so exhausting and such a waste of energy!


  • Pregnant me fell asleep at work more than once. She can have a morning off if she needs it. Besides, easier to steal Harry away if she isn’t there!


  • Leave Meghan alone. She needs to take care of her unborn child and herself.


  • Who are these nasty, judgemental women? How do they know whether she is suffering morning sickness, I’m sure it’s better for her to rest rather than vomiting and or rushing to the toilets to be sick while meeting and greeting. These opinionated trolls seem to have forgotten she is an older lady in her first pregnancy and possibly needs to be more careful. Whatever the case is, it’s her business. I also note that men aren’t making these horrible comments, sadly it’s women who instead of showing some support have chosen to build themselves up by putting someone else down.


  • Good on Megan for listening to her body and taking that well earned rest indeed !
    No words for the trolls


  • Some people are just filled with such jealousy and hate. Give them a break. How would they like walking down the street and everyone know who you are, I know I wouldn’t like it, I enjoy my anonymity. She could have terrible morning sickness.


  • Omg some people just hate and are jealous. Let her decide what she can or does not want to do during the pregnancy. Every woman has that right.
    With my first, I worked right up until she was born, but only because I went into prem labour, but I also had the luxury of only working park time and once my boss knew I was pregnant, was happy to let me leave earlier if I was feeling tired.
    My second I had the luxury of being a sahm, and if I was lucky, my toddler would let me get a 15 min cat nap in. Honestly I was so exhausted with my second, I needed to take more rest.


  • Give her a break. She’s still a human being. Being royal doesn’t magically make being pregnant any easier.


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