THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child next spring — and it could be born just days after Britain leaves the European Union.
The announcement was made as the couple arrived in Sydney for a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Kensington Palace said Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan — who wed in Windsor in May — were ‘delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public’.
The duchess, 37, has had her 12-week scan and is believed to be due in April. Brexit is on March 29.
Tweeting the royals her best wishes, prime minister Theresa May wrote: ‘My warmest congratulations to the duke and duchess on the happy news.’ The couple told the Queen and the rest of the family the news at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Friday. Meghan wore a loose-fitting Givenchy coat to the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, which sparked speculation she could be pregnant.
The baby will be seventh in line to the throne. The Queen and Prince of Wales are said to be ‘delighted’. Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland said she was ‘very happy’ and ‘looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild’. But some joked the birth has been timed to distract from the difficulties of Brexit. ‘That should take the heat off #BrexitShambles for a week,’ tweeted singer Lily Allen.
The Sussexes will also visit Fiji and Tonga, where there is a moderate risk of the Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects. They have taken medical advice and decided not to change their plans, Kensington Palace said.