Meghan Markle, Prince Harry announce pregnancy

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<pRoyal baby news! Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince HarryRoyal FamilyAdd Interest<pKensington Palace announced the news on Twitter

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

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 15, 2018

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<pMarkle's mother, Doria Ragland, is excited about the news and looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild, according to a conference call with palace officials. Ragland accompanied the couple to Australia.

<pThere was no comment on whether Markle's father, Thomas, who did not attend the couple's wedding on May 19, was told of the pregnancy.

<pThe couple shared the news with family and friends at the wedding of Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, on Friday, where his family — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, father Prince Charles, Prince William and Princess Kate — were all in attendance.

<pMeghan wore a navy blue dress by Givenchy with a matching navy blue A-line coat that concealed her figure, prompting some speculation online that she could be expecting.

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<pTheir child will be seventh in line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince Harry, but not officially a prince or princess.

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<p“This baby will actually not be a prince or a princess or an HRH – His or Her Royal Highness – unless the queen steps in and decides to offer those titles, at which point it will be up to Harry and Meghan to decide if that’s what they want for their children," ABC News contributor Victoria Murphy said.

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<pFive months ago, Meghan, 37, and Harry, 34, were married in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The pair met in 2016 after being set up by a mutual friend and were engaged a little over a year later on Nov. 27, 2017.

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<pIn a November 2017 interview with the BBC after their engagement, the couple said they wanted to have children in due time.

<p“Of course, one step at a time, and hopefully we will start a family in the near future,” Harry said.

<pHarry has shined in his role as uncle to his brother William's three children with Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge — George, Charlotte and Louis.

<pHarry, 34, and Meghan, 37, will spend the next 16 days on a nonstop tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga that will take them everywhere from meeting koalas and joeys, to showcasing women’s organizations, to cheering on Invictus Games competitors. It's their second official foreign tour as husband and wife. The trip has drawn parallels to Prince Charles and Princess Diana's first trip to Australia and New Zealand more than 25 years ago with baby Prince William in tow.

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