Kensington Palace announced the news on October 15 2018, as the couple arrived in Australia for their royal tour. They tweeted a statement saying the couple were “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.”
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
The couple shared the news with the royal family at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brookbank’s wedding on Friday 12 October and they were able to congratulate them, before they departed for their tour.
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”.
Kensington Palace have declined to comment on whether Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, had been informed of her pregnancy, however he reportedly told the Mail on Sunday that he had found out his daughter was expecting via his car radio.
There will be much suspense amid the royal baby fever as to what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will call their baby.
Meghan has immersed herself in the royal way of life, ending her career as an actress, and becoming a full-time royal.
But the pair are also forward-thinking royals, and the duchess has her own American upbringing to draw on.
According to one bookmakers, the current favourites are James and Victoria.
Meghan Markle is pregnant! What will the #RoyalBaby be called?
James is the 7/1 favourite. Victoria 8/1.
Kanye 150/1. pic.twitter.com/aytmQsnKTs
— Coral (@Coral) October 15, 2018
However, the couple may decide to surprise everyone when naming their first child.
Canadian-born Autumn Phillips, and husband Peter Phillips, opted for a non-traditional name for their daughter Savannah – the Queen’s first great-grandchild – in 2010.
In the US, the most popular name for a baby girl is Emma and Liam for a baby boy.
In the UK, the most popular name for a girl born in 2017 was Olivia, and for a boy Oliver.
Where will the baby fall in the line of succession?
Seventh in line. The baby will bump Harry’s uncle the Duke of York into eighth place in the line of succession.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie move into ninth and 10th place, and the Earl of Wessex – the Queen’s youngest son – drops out of the top 10 for the first time to 11th in line.
How will the baby be related to the Queen?
The baby will be a great-grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Prince of Wales’s grandchild and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s niece or nephew.
Will he or she ever be monarch?
Unlikely. The baby will have three cousins Prince George – a future king – and Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who are further up the line of succession, so it is a safe bet that throne will stay on the Cambridge side of the family.
Where will the baby live?
In November 2018, it was announced that Harry and Meghan will be moving to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, ahead of the baby’s arrival in spring.
Kensington Palace said: “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate.”
Until now, the Sussexes have lived in Nottingham Cottage – a two-bedroom house in the grounds of Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also live.
Frogmore Cottage will undergo renovation work to turn it from staff accommodation to a family home for the couple.
Meghan’s mother Doria is reportedly moving in with the couple to help after the birth of the baby.
When get Harry and Meghan get married?
Harry and Meghan were wed at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 2018. The couple announced their engagement in November 2017.