London, UK: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have annoucned they are expecting their first child. The are “very pleased” that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, Kensington Palace said.
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. — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)
The announcement comes five months after the royal couple married at Windsor Castle in England. Prince Harry, 34, is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II; Ms. Markle, 37, is an American actress.
The couple landed in Sydney on Monday morning for a tour of Australia and the South Pacific. Ms. Markle was photographed carrying purple binders, leading some to speculate hours before the announcement that she might have been trying to disguise physical signs of a pregnancy.
Prince Harry said last year that the couple intended to have a child soon. “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” he told BBC News in November 2017, after they announced their engagement.
The child will be seventh in line to the throne.
And he or she will most likely produce a media spectacle, as royal babies tend to command worldwide attention like few can.
The most recent royal baby arrived this year, when Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to Prince Louis, her third child with Prince William, after Prince George, born in 2013; and Princess Charlotte, born in 2015.
The announcement on Monday came at the start of the couple’s 16-day tour through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. They are mainly in the region for the Invictus Games, a sporting event Harry founded in 2014 that starts on Saturday and gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the chance to compete in various sports, including wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
The Duke and Duchess will also take part in dozens of other public events — 76 in all. They will visit a rural Australian town struggling with drought, go to the Sydney Opera House for a celebration of its 75th anniversary, pet a koala in a Sydney zoo and meet Indigenous Australian leaders on Fraser Island, in a distant corner of northeast Australia.
Given the excitement about the baby, the will most likely draw even larger crowds than expected.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia was among many to immediately congratulate the couple on Twitter. “What fantastic news!” he wrote. “Australia is thrilled for you both.”