Big news!

Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their first baby

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visit the Joff Youth Centre in Peacehaven, Britain October 3, 2018. (Chris Jackson/pool via Reuters)

Kensington Palace announced on Monday that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry are expecting a baby. The two tied the knot in May in a lavish ceremony that was watched closely all around the world. Now, the world is on royal baby watch, and according to the palace, the royal bundle of joy is expected to arrive this spring.

“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,” the palace said in a tweet early on Monday. “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 palace added  in a statement.

Meghan and Harry just arrived in Sydney, Australia, when the big news dropped. The two are on a 16-day excursion that will take them through Australia, and to Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, were all smiles as news cameras snapped photos and captured video of them making their way into a car upon their arrival, supporters and fans waving and cheering them along the way.

According to The Associated Press, the baby will be seventh in the line of succession to the British throne, but as The Washington Post points out, the baby will not automatically be a prince or princess upon being born. Depending on the sex of the baby, the new royal will assume the title of lord or lady as a result of a decree issued in 1917 by King George V, which placed a limit on the number of royals given the title prince and princess. However, Queen Elizabeth II could intervene and change all that just as she did with William and Catherine’s children, whom she made Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Speaking of the queen, she reportedly said in a statement that she and the Duke of Edinburgh are “delighted for the couple.” Meghan and Harry’s first baby will be the queen’s eighth great-grandchild.

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, also celebrated the announcement. The Daily Mail reports that Ragland said in a statement that she is “very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild.” Kensington Palace made no mention of Thomas Markle, Meghan’s faux pas-prone father. Let’s just hope he doesn’t botch this moment for his daughter and son-in-law the way he did in the weeks after their wedding.

The announcement is sparking excitement all around Great Britain, too, as Prime Minister Theresa May took to Twitter to offer the couple her congratulations. My warmest congratulations,” May said in the tweet, adding that she is “wishing them all the best.” The announcement came Monday and experts said it was timed to not upstage the wedding of British royal Princess Eugenie, who on Friday married Jack Brooksbank.

According to royal family experts, Meghan is believed to be “around 12 weeks” into her pregnancy with one expert speculating that the baby was conceived in mid-July.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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