Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is pregnant, Kensington Palace says

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is pregnant, Kensington Palace says
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LONDON - Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expecting their first child, due in the spring of 2019, the couple's office Kensington Palace announced on Monday.

The baby will be seventh-in-line to the British throne.

British media said Meghan was believed to be about 12 weeks pregnant.

"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 said in a statement.

In this file photo taken on October 03, 2018 Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive in Chichester, West Sussex, southern England, for an engagement at Edes House.Photo: AFP

The news emerged shortly after the royal couple landed in Australia for their first overseas tour, a busy trip which will also take in New Zealand and the South Pacific islands of Tonga and Fiji.

Harry, the son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and his late first wife Princess Diana, and Meghan, former star of TV show "Suits", married in a glittering ceremony at the queen's Windsor Castle home, west of London, five months ago which attracted huge interest worldwide.

The couple returned to the castle for the marriage of Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie on Friday which was attended by all the senior members of the British royal family. Media said Harry and Meghan broke the news of the pregnancy to other members of the royal family at the wedding.

Baby bump on show as Meghan and Prince Harry go on Pacific tour

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    Prince Harry and Meghan arrived in Wellington Sunday to a traditional Maori welcome, an official reception disrupted by a fire alarm and a rock star reception during a public walkabout.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the last leg of a 16-day, four-nation tour which was timed to coincide with the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney.

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    The royals held hands as they left the aircraft where they were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and mingled with the Invictus athletes before heading to a reception at the residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand Patsy Reddy.

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    They were welcomed to Government House with a traditional haka and performed a hongi greeting with indigenous Maori elders, in which they pressed noses together.

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    There were tears and applause as the royal couple were showered with gifts, including a New Zealand 'Buzzy Bee' toy, which Harry held aloft to the delight of the crowd.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meet participants of Fluro Friday, an event organized by surfing community OneWave tackling mental health issues, during their visit to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia October 19, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, meet participants of Fluro Friday, an event organized by surfing community OneWave tackling mental health issues, during their visit to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia October 19, 2018.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet a Koala called Ruby during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on the first day of the Royal couple's visit to Australia October 16, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney on the first day of the Royal couple's visit to Australia Tuesday October 16, 2018. Harry and Meghan will take part in 76 engagements in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand over their 16-day trip to the Pacific region.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk during a visit at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sign the visitor book at Government House, alongside Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau and her husband Anthony Howard at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    ritain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex react after starting model Formula 1 cars at a demonstration by Formula 1 in Schools, at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry meets Jacob Thomas (L) at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during a visit to Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during the the royal couple's visit to Australia, in Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, strokes a guide dog at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during the the royal couple's visit to Australia, in Melbourne, Australia, October 18, 2018.

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    Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex with Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex on Day Three of their tour of Australia , the couple visited a beach at Melbourne and joined a clean up operation October 18, 2018.

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    Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex with Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex on Day Three of their tour of Australia , the couple visited a beach at Melbourne and joined a clean up operation October 18, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex meets CEO of the Man Cave Hunter Johnson (second left) at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, on the third day of the royal couple's visit to Australia Thursday October 18, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch aboriginal dances at Victoria Park in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, 17 October 2018. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a three-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji and will be in Sydney on 20 October to launch the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 sport competition. As the couple arrived in Australia, they announced that the Duchess of Sussex is pregnant and they are expecting a child next spring.

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    Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex look at a medical training aid designed to simulate a baby in an incubator as they attend the naming and unveiling of a new Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft at Dubbo City Regional Airport, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on the second day of the royal couple's visit to Australia.Wednesday October 17, 2018.

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    Britain's Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex unveil a new Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft at Dubbo City Regional Airport, in Dubbo, New South Wales, on the second day of the royal couple's visit to Australia. Wednesday October 17, 2018.

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    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen during an afternoon reception hosted by the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, in Sydney, Australia, October 16, 2018.

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