In news that has made everybody’s Monday morning a whole lot better, Kensington Palace has revealed that the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant.
With the buzz of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding still hanging happily in the air, the announcement came as Meghan, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, arrived in Sydney ahead of their tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Just five months since the couple got hitched, The Queen and other senior royals were told about the pregnancy on Friday, when members of the Royal Family gathered in Windsor for Princess Eugenie's wedding.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said that Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are "very pleased" about their impending arrival, adding ‘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, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulated them in Friday at the wedding in person.’
‘Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.’
After attending Princess Eugenie’s wedding wearing a long, dark blue coat last Friday, speculation sparked that the Duchess could be expecting – intensifying when she was seen clutching two large folders in front of her stomach as she arrived this morning at Sydney airport.
Meghan is believed to be around 12 weeks pregnant – making the baby royal’s arrival expected to be in late April or early May 2019 – just in time to celebrate the happy couple’s first wedding anniversary.
The baby will be seventh in the line of succession, bumping Harry's uncle, the Duke of York, into eighth place, but will not be a prince or princess unless the Queen steps in to issue a Letters Patent ahead of the birth.
Meghan and Harry have just begun a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, which will include 76 engagements and a visit to the Invictus Games. The latter two locations, Fiji and Tonga, are Zika risk areas and a spokesperson has said that Meghan has taken medical advice about being in the presence of this virus.
Congratulations Meghan and Harry, from all at L’Officiel Arabia!