Duke and Duchess of Sussex expecting child in spring

Toby Graves
October 18, 2018

The trip is their only global tour since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in May, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland.

Harry has long since admitted he would love to have children.

The baby news is also greeted with similar enthusiasm by papers in the UK.

The Duke and Duchess are touring Australia for the next nine days, primarily for the Invictus Games in Sydney.

The royal couple was driven from the airport to Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of Governor General Peter Cosgrove, who represents Australia's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, Harry's grandmother.

Harry and Meghan's child will not, however, be in immediate line to the throne.

Doria Ragland, the mother of the duchess, is "very happy about this lovely news" and "looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild". Some U.K. media said the Los Angeles native would try to draw on her American roots, meeting possible resistance from the palace. "I wish them both good luck".

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's child will not be given the title of prince or princess automatically unless the Queen allows a rule change - she stepped in to give the children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge HRH titles.

"I can't wait to start a family, but in due time", she said.

Kensington Palace confirmed the joyous baby news on Monday releasing a statement."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".

Mr Lionel Barnard, Chairman of West Sussex County Council, said: "I am delighted to hear the news this morning that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting her first child".

They will also visit New Zealand as well as Tonga and Fiji - two areas where there is a risk of Zika virus transmission.

The palace said medical advice had been taken ahead of the trip.

The royal couple met some native Australian wildlife during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney early on Tuesday, where zookeepers described the 3,500 animals there as "excited to meet them".

A cheeky Prince Harry "scolds" the fans.

The news comes a few months after Harry, 33, joked that he didn't want a large family.

Woody Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, tweeted: "Happy news to wake up to on a Monday morning - congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!"

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