"Strength, honour and optimism": Prince Harry kicks off Invictus Games

The Duchess of Sussex speaks to members of the public as she arrives at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

The father-to-be also gushed about the couple's exciting baby news, which was announced hours after he and wife Meghan Markle landed in Australia earlier in the week.

Speaking at the Games, Harry, said: "if we're being honest, we know that, in many nations, the place of our men and women in uniform became too often undervalued in the decades after the Second World War".

While the Duchess of Sussex is now a working royal, alongside her husband, Prince Harry, the former actress has had a few different jobs in her life.

Pregnant Meghan Markle has pulled out of her first engagement of the day in Sydney to rest, leaving Prince Harry to present medals to winning cyclists alone.

"I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest edition with you all", Harry said to huge applause.

The Duchess of Sussex has reportedly had her schedule cut back following a "busy programme".

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chat with NSW Governor David Hurley.

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Ahead of Harry's speech, Kensington Palace tweeted a photo of him rehearsing for an audience of one: Meghan. Last year Harry and Megan first came to light as a pair that is at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Along with his brother Prince William and his wife Catherine, Harry also set up a mental health charity.

The games are an worldwide Paralympic sporting event celebrating and featuring wounded and ill military members and veterans.

"Our Invictus family has turned these Games into a symbol of strength, honour and optimism for a new generation".

According to People, the couple have already started to be grilled on the gender and name of their baby on the way. She sat through breakfast with a smile on her face, but Harry looked a bit uncomfortable.

The couple are in the middle of a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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