Royal Tour: Prince Harry enjoys Queensland island paradise while pregnant Meghan rests

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were treated to a slice of island paradise in Queensland on Monday.

But just a week into the tour, a pregnant Meghan Markle needed a day of rest, leaving Prince Harry to take on the royal duties alone.

The royal pair arrived hand-in-hand but soon went their separate ways for a laidback day.

While Meghan took a whale-watching boat to Kingfisher Bay resort, local fishers seemed to be more interested in their catch than catching a glimpse of the duchess.

Prince Harry arrived on Fraser Island by barge, then land cruiser. The sand tracks were perhaps too bumpy for one with a baby on board.

His Royal Highness, removing his shoes to feel the sand beneath his feet, was welcomed by the elders of the island.

The Butchulla people, the traditional owners of the island, call it K'gari, which means 'paradise'.

It's easy to see why. Lake McKenzie is the island's jewel in the crown, with crystal clear waters good enough for a Prince to drink - which he gladly did.

The Australian weather was perfect, no doubt pleasing local tourism operators hoping to give the island a boost.

As well as its pristine beaches and picture-perfect lakes, the world's largest sand island is known for its more than 200,000 acres of lush rainforest.

While on the island, the Prince will unveil a plaque dedicating its indigenous forests to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy and ensuring their future preservation.

His Royal Highness will conclude the day meeting some of the locals before rejoining his wife for a night in the wilderness.