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Monday, 15 October 2018

One is delighted! The Queen shares her excitement after Harry and Meghan reveal they're expecting their first child - five months after getting married (and they told Royal Family at Eugenie's wedding)

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are having their first baby due in the Spring of next year, Palace reveals
  • Meghan is in 'good health' and they have had a successful 12 week scan - suggesting baby due in late April
  • Her mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in California and could move to the UK to help
  • But it appears unlikely the royal couple have contacted Meghan's estranged father Thomas to give him news 
  • Harry and Meghan made the announcement after they touched down on Qantas flight to Sydney this morning
  • The royals arrived in Australia for their first major international tour since they were married in late May 
  • They will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, with the main event this year's Invictus Games held in Sydney
  • But Meghan will go to south Pacific islands despite the risk of getting the Zika virus from the mosquitoes
The 'delighted' Queen has today congratulated Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they announced they are expecting their first royal baby.
Harry and Meghan told Her Majesty she would be having her eighth great-grandchild next spring during Princess Eugenie's wedding at Windsor Castle on Friday. 
Today the couple were seen beaming as they touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since they married in May and were holding hands in the grounds of Admiralty House when their happy news was announced.
Meghan, 37, is in 'good health' and has had a successful 12 week scan - suggesting that the baby was conceived in late July - just ten weeks after they walked down the aisle.
And it is due in late April 2019, possibly around St George's Day, April 23, meaning the child could share a birthday with its cousin Prince Louis.
Announcing their baby news Kensington Palace said today: '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 Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have said they are 'delighted' to be welcoming their eighth great-grandchild in a joint statement with Prince Charles, who will have four grandchildren when baby Sussex is born next year. Prince William and his wife Kate also hailed his brother and sister-in-law's good news. 
Last month Meghan's mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena, California, and could now move to London permanently to help look after the child because Meghan may not want to hire a nanny.
Ms Ragland today issued a statement saying she was 'very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild'.
But Harry and Meghan are unlikely to have told her estranged father Thomas Markle in advance because of the rift over his failure to walk her down the aisle.
Meghan Markle laughs and says hello as the royal couple got off a plane in Sydney today for their first major royal tour since they got married - and announced they are having their first baby hours later
Meghan Markle laughs and says hello as the royal couple got off a plane in Sydney today for their first major royal tour since they got married - and announced they are having their first baby hours later
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been spotted hand in hand perusing the grounds of Sydney's Admiralty House following their arrival Monday morningPrince Harry and Meghan Markle traveled straight to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove's sprawling harbourside residence in Kirribilli, after touching down
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted hand in hand wandering the grounds of Sydney's Admiralty House as the world was told their good news
Meghan Markle was carrying two purple folders as she stepped off the plane and used they  to cover her stomach, which led to rumours that she was carrying a baby
Meghan Markle was carrying two purple folders as she stepped off the plane and used they to cover her stomach, which led to rumours that she was carrying a baby
The baby news was released in a statement by Kensington Palace this morning (pictured) and the baby is due in Spring 2019
The baby news was released in a statement by Kensington Palace this morning (pictured) and the baby is due in Spring 2019
The news was also tweeted by the couple's official account (pictured) sending social media into a frenzy at 8.40am UK time
The news was also tweeted by the couple's official account (pictured) sending social media into a frenzy at 8.40am UK time
Today Meghan and Harry landed in Australia on a normal commercial Qantas passenger flight and chose an Airbus A380.
It has a higher cabin pressure and half the cabin noise of other aircraft to ensure a more restful journey for the newly-pregnant Duchess.
And rumours she is carrying a baby went into overdrive as soon as the former actress got off the plane in Sydney because she kept touching her stomach and later covered her midriff with a folder.
On Friday Meghan also wore a suspiciously wide-fitting Givenchy coat to Princess Eugenie's wedding in Windsor with husband Harry spotted repeatedly rubbing her lower back. 
The new royal baby is expected to take the surname Sussex in the same way that Prince William's children, George, Charlotte and Louis have taken his title Cambridge as their last name at school and nursery. 
But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby will not be a prince nor a princess unless the Queen steps in.
Social media exploded as the news was announced at 8.40am UK time and some have named the child a 'Brexit Baby' - because it will be born shortly after Britain leaves the EU on March 29.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby will have a host of American relatives he or she is unlikely to see much of, if at all, because of a series of public rows.
While Meghan is close to her mother Doria Ragland, the remainder of her family did not attend her star-studded royal wedding five months ago.
And the Markles have slung a barrage of insults at Meghan and the Windsors after being supposedly cut out of the Duchess's life. 
Her father Thomas Markle pulled out of walking his daughter down the aisle at the last minute after being caught posing for staged paparazzi photographs and reportedly falling ill.
He went on to sell his story to the press, appearing on Good Morning Britain to reveal how Meghan, whom he calls by the nickname Bean, cried when he said he could not attend her big day.
He also indiscreetly shared conversations he had with Harry about Donald Trump and Brexit, and said he expected Harry and Meghan to have children soon.
Mr Markle, who has yet to meet Harry face to face, complained Meghan had cut him off and not contacted him since the wedding.
He declared how it might be easier for his daughter if he died, and said he put the phone down on Harry after a heated discussion and likened the royal family to a 'cult'.
Unless Doria Ragland has told him their daughter is pregnant it appears very unlikely that Harry and Meghan will have done so. 
Today Meghan and Harry started a 16-day tour of Australasia.
But their trip to Fiji and Tonga next week will go ahead despite advice that pregnant women should not travel to the region because of its moderate Zika risk.
The couple said today they had sought medical and advice and decided to go ahead with their plans.  
The Duchess of Sussex was glowing as she stepped-in to a car at Sydney airport, which took the couple to Admiralty House, the Governor-General's Sydney residence, where the pair will spend the night
The Duchess of Sussex was glowing as she stepped-in to a car at Sydney airport, which took the couple to Admiralty House, the Governor-General's Sydney residence, where the pair will spend the night
Harry and Meghan attended the wedding of his cousin Princess Eugenie on Friday in Windsor (pictured) - where they told the Queen and the royal family they were expecting
Harry and Meghan attended the wedding of his cousin Princess Eugenie on Friday in Windsor (pictured) - where they told the Queen and the royal family they were expecting
Meghan and Harry are embarking on their first proper royal tour together.
They were spotted walking hand in hand enjoying the grounds of Sydney's Admiralty House - just after announcing their pregnancy.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle traveled straight to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove's sprawling harbourside residence in Kirribilli after touching down at Sydney's airport.
The Royal couple arrived on a Qantas A380 flight from London via Singapore, for their first major international tour since their world-stopping nuptials.
They shunned a private jet to travel on flight Qantas flight QF2 from London via Singapore.
The couple were in the first class cabin but non-royal passengers were also with them with one saying they were heard saying how 'excited' they were to be travelling to Australia. 
With them was their entourage of 10 staff members, including press secretaries and a hairdresser, and several more security staff. 
Royal fans already suspected the Duchess was pregnant after she wore a suspiciously wide-fitting Givenchy coat to Princess Eugenie's royal wedding on Friday.
Many TV viewers were sure they could see a baby-bump beneath her long, navy blue coat as the Duchess was whisked into St George's Chapel, Windsor by her doting husband. 
The couple held hands when they arrived in Sydney early on Monday morning on a Qantas A380 flight from London via Singapore.
Meghan was wearing her favourite Sarah Flint heels, which she teamed with the two tone coat she wore in a photo of her and Harry posing with the official 2018 Invictus Games flag last week.
Earlier she sparked a storm of pregnancy speculation after she touched down in Sydney clutching two purple folders in front of her stomach.
Meghan Markle was seen holding the items in her right arm as she stepped off the plane on Monday morning with Prince Harry, leaving fans of the Royal couple guessing what information they could contain. 
For many, the folders added to speculation Meghan Markle is expecting a baby, fuelling the fire already stoked by the large blue coat she wore at Princess Eugenie's wedding last week. 
The couple returned to their own wedding venue at Windsor Castle on Friday but missed a lavish second day of celebrations on Saturday because of their flight to Australia. 
Today Prince Harry, who wore a grey jumper over a smart shirt, held his wife's hand as they left Sydney's airport terminal after arriving down under.
They were then whisked off to Admiralty House, the Governor-General's sprawling Sydney harbourside residence, where the couple are staying tonight. 
Despite the long-haul flight from the UK, the Royal couple had beaming smiles when they disembarked the A380 aircraft in Sydney today
Despite the long-haul flight from the UK, the Royal couple had beaming smiles when they disembarked the A380 aircraft in Sydney today
While a heavy police presence greeted the couple at Sydney Airport ready to whisk them away, the pair will have a low-key start to their Australian tour, with official duties not starting until Tuesday giving them time to rest after the long-haul flight. 
The Duke and Duchess arrived with a ten-person entourage in tow, which is believed to include press secretaries and a hairdresser.  
Meghan's best friend and stylist Jessica Mulroney is also expected to join the couple on the tour.
Jessica and her husband Ben are expected to fly from Toronto to Sydney to join Harry and Meghan in an 'unofficial' capacity - meaning they will pay their own expenses.
The Duchess could be expected to have to change outfits three times a day on the tour, and may turn to Jessica for help.  
A crowd of Royal fans turned out in the rain outside the Kirribilli address to welcome the pair. 
But the streets of the suburb did not quite match up to the glamour as the visiting royal couple were greeted by discarded mattresses, chairs, milk crates, and pieces of carpet.
Despite the arrival day being organised months in advance, it coincided with one of North Sydney Council's fortnightly household waste collections, which meant battered goofs were left strewn on the streets as their car went by. 
Prince Harry and Meghan will also visit Dubbo, in the New South Wales central west, Melbourne and Fraser Island in Queensland on their Australian tour, which is Meghan's first visit to the country. 
Theywill spend a week in the country and then on Tuesday, October 23 they will head to Fiji for two days and then on to Tonga before returning to Australia.
On Sunday, October 28 they will cross the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, visiting Wellington, the Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland and Rotorua before heading home on Wednesday, October 31. 
'The programme across these four Commonwealth countries will focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts, including the dedication of several new Queen's Commonwealth Canopy projects, and the recovery and rehabilitation of servicemen and women through the Invictus Games Sydney 2018,' the palace said in a short statement when announcing the tour itinerary.  
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend 76 engagements across the four countries, including the Invictus Games in Sydney, which runs from October 20 and October 28.
Prince Harry founded the sporting event, which gives sick and injured service personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball, in 2014.
The couple will mark the games' launch and closing ceremony. 
And to officially welcome the Invictus Games to the city, Prince Harry, prime minister Scott Morrison and athletes will scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge to plant the Invictus flag. 
Among the other highlights of their tour will be a visit to the world-renowned Taronga Zoo, in Sydney, where they will meet two koalas and their joeys. 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the zoo with Prince George during their royal tour in 2014.
Elsewhere the couple will visit Australian farmers struck by drought. 
The couple's arrival in Australia comes just days after they attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank where they told close family their happy news. 
Revealed: How Meghan and Harry's baby will be SEVENTH in line to the throne - but WON'T be a prince or princess
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's child will be seventh-in-line to the British throne. 
The child will come behind his or her father Prince Harry in the line of succession, bumping his uncle, the Duke of York, further down the line into eighth place.  
However the child will not be given the title of prince or princess unless the Queen steps into change the rules. Instead a son would be styled the Earl of Dumbarton, while a daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor.
Kensington Palace announced today the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant with her first child. The baby is expected in Spring next year.
The happy news was announced hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since their wedding in May.
A Kensington Palace said: '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 Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were told in person at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle last Friday.  
Line of succession: Prince Charles (left at Princess Eugenie's wedding last Friday) is the heir to the throne, followed by his son Prince William (second from left)
Line of succession: Prince Charles (left at Princess Eugenie's wedding last Friday) is the heir to the throne, followed by his son Prince William (second from left)
Prince George, five, pictured at Eugenie's wedding, is third in line to the British throne, while three-year-old Princess Charlotte, pictured, is fourth in line to the throne
Prince George, five, pictured at Eugenie's wedding, is third in line to the British throne, while three-year-old Princess Charlotte, pictured, is fourth in line to the throne
Rumours were rife that Meghan may be pregnant after her mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena with a view to looking after her new grandchild.  
The duchess has also been seen in a number of looser-fitting outfits over recent weeks.  
The new royal baby is expected to take the surname Sussex in the same way that Prince William's children, George, Charlotte and Louis have taken his title Cambridge as their last name at school and nursery. 
The baby will supersede Prince Andrew in the line of succession, regardless of whether they are a boy or a girl, following a 2011 change in law that granted the same status to sons and daughters.
However as the second son of the current Prince of Wales, Harry's children are not automatically given the title of prince or princess.
King George V - Harry's great great grandfather - limited titles within the royal family in 1917.
This means Harry and Meghan's first born, as a great-grandchild of the sovereign, is too far down the line of succession to be an HRH.
George V declared that: 'the grandchildren of the sons of any such Sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of Dukes of these Our Realms.'
The eldest son and heir apparent of a duke can use one of his father's lesser grade peerage titles by courtesy, according to Debrett's.
So a first son of Harry's would become Earl of Dumbarton - one of the subsidiary titles Harry received from the Queen on the morning of his wedding. 
A daughter would be Lady (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor, and any subsequent sons Lord (first name) Mounbatten-Windsor.
But the Queen could make changes to allow Harry and Meghan's children to be HRHs and princes and princesses.
Prince Harry, pictured arriving in Sydney with his pregnant wife the Duchess of Sussex on Monday, is sixth in line to the British throne. His son or daughter will be seventh in line
Prince Harry, pictured arriving in Sydney with his pregnant wife the Duchess of Sussex on Monday, is sixth in line to the British throne. His son or daughter will be seventh in line
Ahead of Prince George's birth, the monarch issued a Letters Patent to ensure the Cambridge children had fitting titles.
Without this Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would have been a Lady and a Lord instead, but Prince George, as the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, would still have been a prince.
The Queen could decide to do the same for Harry and Meghan's baby.  
The Earl and Countess of Wessex's children Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Viscount Severn are actually entitled to be a princess and prince as children of the son of the sovereign.
But the couple decided, with the Queen's agreement, that their children would use the courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an earl rather than the style prince or princess.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their engagement in November 2017, shortly after confirming their relationship. 
The couple married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May this year.  
Revealed: Harry and Meghan told Royal Family of pregnancy news at Princess Eugenie's wedding last week 
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told the Royal Family about Meghan's pregnancy at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding three days ago, it emerged today.
Harry and Meghan had attended the ceremony and reception along with most other senior members of The Firm at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Friday.
The couple then arrived in Sydney today ahead of a hotly-anticipated 16-day tour which will take in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak with the Queen at Windsor Castle last Friday - the same day they told her they were having a baby
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex speak with the Queen at Windsor Castle last Friday - the same day they told her they were having a baby

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the wedding  at St George's Chapel in Windsor last Friday
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor last Friday

Harry and Meghan were wed at Windsor Castle in May and the news was announced on the eve of their first tour outside the UK and Ireland.
The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be 'delighted' for the couple.
Doria Ragland, the mother of the duchess, is 'very happy about this lovely news' and 'looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild'.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: '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.' 
'I'm screaming! I am not okay!' Meghan fans go into overdrive with hilarious royal baby memes following duchess' pregnancy announcement
Royal fans were sent into a frenzy following the Duchess of Sussex's pregnancy announcement on Monday.
Well-wishers from around the world celebrated Harry and Meghan's baby news in gushing tweets and Instagram posts, with some using memes to capture their excitement.
Royal photos, reality TV shows and shots of Meghan in US legal drama Suits all provided inspiration for the hilarious posts.
The duchess has also been seen in a number of loose-fitting outfits over recent weeks.
The new royal baby is expected to take the surname Sussex in the same way that Prince William's children, George, Charlotte and Louis have taken his title Cambridge as their last name at school and nursery.
The baby will supersede Prince Andrew in the line of succession, regardless of whether they are a boy or a girl, following a 2011 change in law that granted the same status to sons and daughters.
However as the second son of the current Prince of Wales, Harry's children are not automatically given the title of prince or princess.
The royal cover-up: How Meghan used subtle styling tricks to hide her baby bump - from structured coats to peplum tops and clever draping 
The Duchess of Sussex hid her growing baby bump with a series of clever styling tricks, MailOnline can reveal.
Meghan, who announced her pregnancy this morning via Kensington Palace, is already in her second trimester but has managed to keep her news under wraps thanks to some carefully-planned fashion hacks.
She will no doubt have sought the advice from her stylist and confidante Jessica Mulroney, a mother-of-three who is joining her on her first major overseas tour with Prince Harry this week. 
Touching down in Sydney on Monday, just hours before her happy news was announced, fans couldn't help but notice the strategically-placed plastic folders Meghan was clutching to her chest. 
But it was her choice of clothing that was the most telling, with the Duchess - once a fan of figure-hugging silhouettes - wrapping up in a turtleneck jumper and oversized navy coat.
Likewise, her choice of outfit for Princess Eugenie's wedding last week - a structured A-line Givenchy coat - sent the rumour mill spinning as fans noticed she appeared to have deliberately covered up her frame.
Coincidentally, it was also the day that Meghan and Harry chose to share their happy news with the rest of the family. 
Celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage told Femail: 'We are so used to seeing Meghan in form-fitting apparel, it was hard not to speculate that a new arrival was imminent when she recently started to sport baggier items. 
'The use of knee-length coats has cleverly helped Meghan avoid speculation and, as it's now very much the autumnal season, the use of long oversized coats didn't arouse suspicion. 
Earlier this month, Meghan visited Sussex in a businesslike bottle-green ensemble but was careful to drape a structured coat over the top to carefully conceal her silhouette (pictured with Prince harry at Edes House in Chichester on 3 October)
Earlier this month, Meghan visited Sussex in a businesslike bottle-green ensemble but was careful to drape a structured coat over the top to carefully conceal her silhouette (pictured with Prince harry at Edes House in Chichester on 3 October)
'I particularly like the navy coat [which Meghan wore in Sydney today] and styling it how she has; by doing up the top two buttons and allowing the rest to move freely away from her body to create drape and disguise any bump. 
'It's also interesting to see how she keeps her legs on show even when wearing heavy coats - another styling trick to making her look less covered and avoid speculation.' 
The Duchess is at least three months into her first pregnancy, and has already had a successful 12 week scan - suggesting that she fell pregnant around mid-July.  
Baby blue? The Duchess of Sussex wore a baggy Jason Wu number when she joined Prince Harry at a gala music evening in September - sending the baby rumour mill into overdrive
Baby blue? The Duchess of Sussex wore a baggy Jason Wu number when she joined Prince Harry at a gala music evening in September - sending the baby rumour mill into overdrive
While any baby bump will not have been visible until recently, the mother-to-be has been careful to avoid fuelling speculation by keeping her tummy firmly covered.
Earlier this month, she visited Sussex in a businesslike bottle-green ensemble but was careful to drape a structured coat over the top to carefully conceal her silhouette.    
Likewise, a draped Givenchy dress she wore to the Royal Academy of Arts in September and a peplum Oscar de la Renta top she wore in Loughborough, worked wonders to hide her midriff. 
Meghan's mother Doria Ragland - said to be planning a permanent move to the UK - said in a statement she was 'very happy about this lovely news' and 'looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild'. 

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