We awoke to happy news this morning:
The Duchess of Sussex is Expecting a Child
Kensington Palace made the announcement this morning, as the Duke and Duchess are about to start their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
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.
It is a very exciting way to start off a royal tour! There is a snippet of fresh video this morning from 9News Sydney showing Meghan and Harry taking a walk on the grounds of Admiralty House.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 15, 2018
In terms of concern health concerns regarding parts of the tour, Hannah Furness has more in her Daily Telegraph story:
The duchess, who turned 37 in August, will still visit Fiji and Tonga despite the presence of the Zika virus, with a spokesman saying they had taken medical advice.
Patricia Treble of Write Royalty reports on the health concern.
As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control state, “Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. Therefore, pregnant women should not travel to Fiji.” The CDC has an identical warning for Tonga.
Royal officials on the tour state that Meghan received medical advice before deciding to continue with their short visits to both nations. As well, her exposure to Zika-carrying mosquitoes has been reduced. She won’t accompany Harry to an early morning wreath laying at the Fijian war memorial or go into the Colo-i-Suva forest, now part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project..
More details about the news from Rebecca English in The Daily Mail:
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 his cousin Prince Louis.
It turns out the senior members of the royal family were able to congratulate Meghan and Harry on Friday at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. It sounds like perhaps they were notified about the news ahead of the wedding but the wedding was the first opportunity to see the couple in person.
“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 congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person.”
The Palace also reports that “Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
As many of you know, the loose cut of the Givenchy coat Meghan wore to Princess Eugenie’s wedding prompted speculation about the possibility she was expecting.
Camilla Tominey has more from The Telegraph:
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 15, 2018
The chatter continued yesterday after Meghan and Harry arrived in Sydney; the discussion basically centered on, “what could she be hiding behind those folders?”
The Daily Mail looks at Meghan’s recent wardrobe choices in this story. The Duke and Duchess have been vocal about wanting children. In their engagement interview Harry spoke about starting a family.
People has reaction in its story from notable names:
Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the happy news they are expecting a baby in the Spring. Wishing them all the best.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who married the couple in St. George’s Chapel in May, also expressed his joy.
“Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their happy news! Prayers for them in the months ahead,” he said.
From Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Twitter: And from the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, also via Twitter: This will be the Queen’s eight great-grandchild. Baby Sussex will be seventh in line to the throne. We’ve had a few questions about the line of succession; here is the current list.
- Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
- Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, eldest child of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.
- Prince George, oldest child of Prince William and Kate, the duchess of Cambridge.
- Princess Charlotte, middle child of William and Kate
- Prince Louis, youngest child of William and Kate
- Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, youngest child of Charles and Diana
- Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, second son of the queen and Philip
- Princess Beatrice, oldest child of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson
- Princess Eugenie, youngest child of Andrew and Ferguson
- Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, youngest son of the queen and Philip
We will continue updating as more information becomes available. Congratulations and all good wishes to the Duke and Duchess!
We’ll leave you with this quick overview of Meghan and Harry’s relationship via the UK Press Association.
From meeting in London to marriage in Windsor to expecting their first child: here’s the story of Harry and Meghan’s relationship so far pic.twitter.com/5wiSLlh7ub
— Press Association (@PA) October 15, 2018
- The Daily Mail’s story is here; The Daily Telegraph piece is here;
- Write Royalty’s story is here; People‘s piece is here; ABC Australia‘s story is here
- The Daily Mail’s piece on “Meghan’s Styling Tricks” may be read here; The Telegraph has a piece titled How Will the Duchess of Sussex approach maternity style?