The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is pregnant with her first child, Kensington Palace has announced.
Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “very pleased” Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019.
“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 statement.
“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.”
Doria Ragland, the duchess’s mother, said she was “very happy about this lovely news” and “looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild”.
The news emerged after the duchess and Prince Harry arrived at Sydney airport for a rest day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
The trip is their only international tour since they were married in May, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland.
Holding hands and casually dressed, the prince and the former American actress walked out an airport rear entrance and into a car. Meghan was smiling and clutching folders, while Harry gave a thumbs up to bystanders.
The announcement comes after days of speculation about whether Meghan was pregnant after the pair celebrated five months of marriage.
The news surfaced after Markle’s tour schedule indicated she would not be doing a climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Meghan is understood to be past the 12-week mark.
The duchess once described motherhood as being on her “bucket list” and her husband has frequently discussed his wish to have children.
Theresa May congratulated the couple on their “happy news” and wished them “all the best”.
“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.” she said.