The Duke & Duchess of Sussex, Princess Harry & his wife, Meghan Markle have announced that they are expecting a royal baby.
The happy news came hours after the couple was seen beaming with smiles as they touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since their Windsor Castle wedding in May, 2018.
The palace announced:
“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 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 10 weeks after they got married – and is due in late April 2019, possibly around St George’s Day.
The child will be the Queen’s 8th great-grandchild.
Kensington Palace also tweeted 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.”
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 she got off the plane because she kept touching her stomach and later covered her midriff with a folder.
Last month, her mom, Doria Ragland was also seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena, California and royal sources have said she may move to London to help look after the baby 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.
Some have suggested that the child could a be a ‘Brexit Baby’ – because the baby will be born shortly after Britain leaves the EU on March 29.
The new royal baby is expected to take the surname Sussex in the same way that Prince William’s children, George, Charlotte and Louis have taken his title, Cambridge as their last name at school.