Another Royal Baby! Prince Harry & Meghan Are 12 Weeks Pregnant!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced they are expecting a royal baby and told the Queen and the rest of the family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, as it was revealed today.
The happy news came hours after the couple were seen beaming as they touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since their Windsor Castle wedding in May.
Meghan, 37, is said to be in ‘good health’ and has had a successful 12 week scan – suggesting that the baby was conceived in late July – just ten weeks after they married – and is due in late April 2019, possibly around St George’s Day.
The child will be the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild and announcing their baby news Kensington Palace said today: ‘Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public’.
Meghan and Harry flew into Australia on a normal commercial Qantas passenger flight and chose an Airbus A380 – which has higher cabin pressure and half the cabin noise of other aircraft to ensure a more restful journey for the newly-pregnant Duchess.
And rumours she is carrying a baby went into overdrive as soon as the former actress got off the plane because she kept touching her stomach and later covered her midriff with a folder.
On Friday Meghan also wore a suspiciously wide-fitting Givenchy coat to Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding in Windsor with husband Harry seen repeatedly rubbing her lower back.
Last month, her mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena, California, and royal sources have said she may move to London to help look after the child because Meghan does not want to hire a nanny.
Ms Ragland today issued a statement saying she was ‘very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild’- but Kensington Palace declined to comment on whether her estranged father, Thomas Markle, had been told.
Social media exploded as the news was announced at 8.40am UK time and some have named the child a ‘Brexit Baby’ – because it will be born shortly after Britain leaves the EU on March 29.
But there is no change to their tour of Australasia including their trip to Fiji and Tonga next week despite FCO advice that pregnant women should not travel to the region because of its moderate Zika risk.
The couple said they had sought medical and advice and decided to go ahead with their plans.