To the delight of millions, it has been officially confirmed that Prince Harry’s new wife, the lovely Meghan Markle, is expecting the royal couple’s first child. Kensington Palace confirmed the much-speculated news on Twitter on the 15th of October, stating: “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.”
The news comes five months after the couple wed in a lavish ceremony that garnered the world’s undivided attention. Kensington Palace said her majesty, the Queen is “delighted” by the announcements. The baby will be the Queen’s eighth great grandchild and will stand as seventh in line to the royal throne. It is speculated that the Duchess is past the 12 week mark when it is regarded as safe to announce a pregnancy – suggesting that the baby will arrive in late April.
After receiving the go-ahead from doctors, the couple will continue their tour down under. The pair are set to make appearances in Australia, Fuji, Tonga and New Zealand. Prime Minister Theresa May was among the first of many to offer the expectant mother her best wishes, saying: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the happy news they are expecting a baby in the spring. Wishing them all the best.”