Prince Harry and Meghan Markle receive official welcome in Australia

Erika Holt
October 16, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in spring 2019, and the world couldn't be more excited for this baby's arrival.

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The couple shared the good news with the royal family at Princess Eugenie's wedding.

The royals were bombarded with congratulatory messages on Twitter after the Palace broke the news on Monday morning.

Reportedly, the Queen is "delighted for the couple", which is so great because she and Meghan seem to be the best of friends/in-laws.

The couple will be visiting Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji.

"Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild", the statement added. Ragland accompanied the couple to Australia.

Meghan laughed: "Our first baby gift!"

Pickled food producer Opies, which is based in Sittingbourne, said: "Congrats to Harry and Meghan on the Royal baby news!"

The duke and duchess also received Akubra hats as gifts.

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On Friday, Meghan was spotted wearing a loose-fitting, long coat at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding, which only ramped up rumours that a new royal baby was on the way.

Congratulations poured in for the thrilled couple, with Prime Minister Theresa May offering her "warmest congratulations" and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who married Harry and Meghan, saying: "Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their happy news!"

Their child will be seventh in line to the throne.

Inside the mansion's sitting room, the couple immediately spied a large cuddly kangaroo sitting on the table with, appropriately, a Joey in its pouch. The pair met in 2016 after being set up by a mutual friend and were engaged a little over a year later on November 27, 2017.

They have 76 engagements squeezed into 16 days.

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

Image: Is this the moment when Harry and Meghan told the Queen they were expecting a baby? It's their second official foreign tour as husband and wife.

The Queen did exactly that at the birth of Prince George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, to ensure that all their children would have titles, and not just first born George.

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