Meghan Markle pregnant - it's official!
After months of speculation, Kensington Royal officially announced this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child. The announcement comes just before the start of a Royal tour of Australia, with the official statement revealing exactly when we can expect to welcome their little one.
Kensington Palace tweeted: ‘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.’
The Palace have said that there would be 'no changes' to the royal tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, since the news broke.
The tweet went on to say ‘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.’
During Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank on Friday, viewers speculated that Meghan was pregnant.
According to reports, the happy couple shared the lovely news with the Queen, Prince Charles and other senior royals at the wedding in Windsor before they left for their Australian tour.
BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said: 'It was [at Eugenie's wedding] that the duke and duchess chose to inform the most senior members of the royal family.
'The Queen was told, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall - they chose that day to spread the happy news around and then recover and relax, get on a plane and then put out the news for the rest of us.'
Kensington Palace said the Queen is 'delighted' by the news, and that Harry and Meghan are 'very pleased'.
The baby will be seventh in line to the throne.
Congratulations Harry and Meghan!
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