Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace has confirmed
The royals are all anyone can talk about again this morning, but this time, it’s not because of a wedding.
Rather, Kensington Palace has announced that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – are having a baby.
How did Kensington Palace announce the news?
The news was announced as the couple embark on a tour of Australia, their first royal tour since they got married back in May.
Kensington Palace revealed that the Queen is “delighted” with the announcement, adding that the couple “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.”
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. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018
When is the royal baby due?
Now the duchess has had her 12-week scan, the baby is reported to be due in late April 2019. The royal baby will be seventh in line to the throne and will be the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild.
Google even announced yesterday that searches for “when is spring?” spiked significantly since it was revealed the couple were expecting a child during this season.
Suspicions that Meghan was pregnant intensified on Friday when the Duchess was spotted wearing a long, dark blue coat at Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, also said she was “very happy” to hear the news and is looking forward to becoming a grandmother.
What will the royal baby be called?
“At this stage, Diana, Arthur and Alice – which was favourite at different stages for Kate and William’s babies – are the front runners,” said Kate Baylis, a spokesperson from Betfair.
“However, with months until the baby is born, those odds will shorten, change and other names will come to the forefront, so watch this space.”
Also in the running are Edward and Elizabeth, both at 16/1, followed by James, Victoria, Henry and Oliver.
Other favourites if the baby is a boy are Thomas, Albert, Alexander and David, with Grace, Mary, Olivia and Susan cropping up among the top girls’ names.