Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child

Gerald Bowen
October 16, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together, Kensington Palace announced Monday. Meanwhile, the former Suits actress is still set to visit Fiji and Tonga later this month, even though there is risk of contracting Zika in those areas.

The news comes just hours after Harry and Meghan landed in Sydney at the beginning of their 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Well-wishers brought homemade signs, toys and newspaper clippings as the expecting couple were greeted by hundreds of people and the sunshine.

The couple's visit to Australia coincides with the Invictus Games, which start in Sydney on Saturday.

Harry and Meghan married in May 2018 in a grand ceremony at Windsor Castle outside London.

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The family, who like others had come to see the royal couple had been there nearly three hours before the expectant parents made their way down the conga-line of well-wishers. "Wishing them all the best", May tweeted.

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Kensington Palace took to Twitter to share the news that the couple will be welcoming the baby in Spring of 2019.

Hannah said: "I told my sister we would see Meghan today but I couldn't believe it when she came over to speak to us".

"We are looking forward to celebrating that good news while they are enjoying their stay here in Australia", Morrison told a news conference in Canberra.

It's amusing to think of a small child associated with a grand title like this; in any other context this name would sound pretty insane over-the-top, but this prestigious title is one of the subsidiary titles given to Harry from the Queen on the morning of his wedding.

The baby will be seventh in line to the British throne - jumping in above Princess Eugenie, who married Jack Brooksbank on Friday.

This, of course, isn't the first time fans have been elated with the news of another royal baby.

The couple had a meeting with the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynn, Lady Cosgrove during their first engagement of the day. I'm glad to see the monarchy is carrying on.

The royal couple's trip Down Under is their only worldwide tour since they were married, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland.

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