Royal Baby: Meghan and Harry expecting first baby, Kensington Palace confirms
London, October 15, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle currently touring Australia are expecting a baby, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The couple’s first child is due in the British spring, the Palace tweeted, which takes in the months of March, April and May.
The Duchess of Sussex, who looked radiant as she held hands with her husband, was carrying folders close to her stomach, fuelling speculation that she was pregnant.
From Sydney Airport, Harry and Meghan were taken to Kirribilli, where they were seen strolling in the grounds and admiring the Harbour view.
The pair will tour the Opera House tomorrow morning and meet members of the public.
The Duchess, 37, has been the subject of persistent pregnancy rumours for the past two weeks, particularly after she wore a loose-fitting Givenchy coat which disguised her famously slim figure to Princess Eugenie’s wedding last Friday.
It now appears the announcement was held until after the wedding so as not to distract from Eugenie’s big day.
If Meghan is at least three months pregnant, as announcements are usually made after the first trimester, then the baby would be expected to arrive in March or early April.
The child will be seventh-in-line to the throne, as Prince Harry, 34, is sixth-in-line.
Royals behind the child in the line of succession will all be bumped down the line, including Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Royal watchers had always assumed former American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would start a family quickly, with the pair already in their 30s.
The announcement will sprinkle even more fairy dust over the royal family, which is riding high after a year which has seen two royal weddings (Prince Harry’s and Princess Eugenie’s) and two royal babies (to Zara and Mike Tindall and Catherine Middleton, to Prince William).
If past royal pregnancies are any guide, royal enthusiasts across the Commonwealth will start knitting booties and sending well-wishes to the couple, who live in an apartment in Kensington Palace in London.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is believed to be in the processing or relocating permanently from her home in Los Angeles to London to be closer to her daughter.
Kensington Palace said Ms Ragland was “very happy about this lovely news and looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
News that the popular Duchess was expecting a baby caused an immediate sensation in the United Kingdom, where Theresa May’s Government is hanging by a thread and a proposed Brexit deal to leave the European Union is close to collapse.
Newspapers and TVs went to blanket coverage of the happy news, complete with images of Sydney and Admiralty House on the harbour, in what is guaranteed to provide priceless publicity for Australia and the other Pacific nations in the next two weeks.