British royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are expecting their first child Kensington Palace announced on Twitter early Monday.
Ms Markle is about 12 weeks pregnant, according to the palace, and is due in the spring.
It read, “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) October 15, 2018
The couple, officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is currently on a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, with them landing in Sydney over the weekend.
They are also scheduled to make stops in Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. The palace said it is not making any changes to the schedule.
Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19.
The pair met in 2016 after being set up by a mutual friend and were engaged a little over a year later on November 27, 2017.
Harry’s older brother, William, has three children with Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge — George, Charlotte and Louis.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, is excited about the news and looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild, according to a conference call with palace officials. Ragland accompanied the couple to Australia.
This announcement came after pregnancy rumours sparked on social media last Saturday during Princess Eugenie’s wedding. The Duchess of Sussex provoked speculations with her loose-fitting outfits at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
Twitter users suggested that Meghan Markle was hiding big news about a new heir in the line to the throne under a long-sleeved loose-fitting coat and a sweeping dress as soon as photos from Princess Eugenie’s wedding were released.
Markle’s choice for the big day was in contrast to her signature look; the American Duchess is known for sleek dresses and high-waisted skirts.
This immediately fueled the Social Media rumor mill with pregnancy speculations.
Meanwhile, there was no comment on whether Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, who did not attend the couple’s wedding on May 19, was told of the pregnancy.
Google said searches for “when is spring?” had spiked suddenly following the announcement that Harry and Meghan were expecting a child during the season.
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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