After months of speculation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have confirmed she is pregnant with their first child. In a statement made earlier today, the Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting in the spring of 2019, though an exact due date has yet to be shared. This joyous news comes five months after the royal couple wed at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
“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 statement read. Shortly after the news broke, a royal source told People that Markle, 37, is “feeling well” after having her 12-week scan.
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
Members of the Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince William, and Kate Middleton, are said to be “delighted” for the couple, after learning of the news last week. As for Markle’s mother: “Ms. Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild,” a spokesperson for the palace said.
In an interview with BBC News shortly after their engagement in November 2017, the couple shared their desire to have children. “Hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” Prince Harry said. The newest member of the royal family will be joining Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children, Prince George (5), Princess Charlotte (3), and Prince Louis (6 months), and will be seventh in line to the British throne.