After landing in Australia to begin their tour just last night, Kensington Palace have announced that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child.
It has just been announced that a new royal addition is expected in the spring of 2019, and with the announcement, it is thought Meghan is 12 weeks pregnant, but the family were told at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.
A statement for Harry and Meghan said this morning, “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 Duchess will still carry on with the tour to Fiji and Tonga in spite of Zika virus risks; of course, she will have taken advice from doctors.
Another baby in the Windsor clan will mean a first grandchild for Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, the seventh great-grandchild for The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and The Prince of Wales’s fourth grandchild, alongside Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Doria issued a statement through the palace, saying she is ‘very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild.’
The child will be seventh-in-line, and actually be titled Lord or Lady, and not Prince or Princess, upon birth. The Queen would have to issue letters patent for them to be titled so, but any children would automatically assume these titles when Charles becomes King, due to previous letters patent which makes all grandchildren of the Monarch Princes and Princesses.
Harry has made no secret of his desire for children, even before he met his now-wife.
We wish them all the best.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their first child. 👶👑
Here is Prince Harry talking to Sky News in 2015 about wanting children.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) October 15, 2018