Britain’s Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is pregnant, Kensington Palace said on Monday.
“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 said in a statement.
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. 📷PA
A few days earlier, Meghan was spotted at the wedding of family member Princess Eugene, wearing a loose fitting coat, which caused many onlookers to speculate.
Harry and Meghan got married on May 19, 2018. The birth announcement comes 5 months after they tied the knot. She is 37 years old.
The news has been announced as the couple began a tour of Australia. The royals landed in Australia on Monday a day before the official start of their first overseas tour as a married couple.
It is the second tour of Australia by the younger generation of royals, after Prince William, Kate and their eldest son, George, visited in 2014.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to ride a ferry across Sydney Harbour past the Opera House on Tuesday, as well as watch an indigenous contemporary dance troupe and see koalas at the Taronga Zoo. The couple will meet farmers affected by a severe drought on Wednesday.
Their trip coincides with the Invictus Games to be held in Sydney from October 20-27. The games founded by Harry are an international paralympic-style event for military personnel wounded in action.
Harry and Meghan will also visit New Zealand and the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Fiji during their tour.
Australia, a constitutional monarchy whose head of state is the British monarch, voted in 1999 against becoming a republic.
Support for a republic hovered around 50 per cent in a January poll, a level largely unchanged in recent years, and there is little appetite to put the issue back on the agenda.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who took the top job in August after a backbench revolt ousted predecessor Malcolm Turnbull, is a constitutional monarchist.