Monday, October 15, 2018

Royal baby: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in the spring

The Duchess of Sussex is pregnant, Kensington Palace has announced.

The Duchess, who is said to be in good health, is expecting her first baby in the sprin.

The Duke and Duchess, who announced the "happy news" ahead of their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, are "delighted", a spokesman said.
Other members of the family including the Queen have been informed, with the couple sharing the news face-to-face on Friday, when they gathered in Windsor to celebrate the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

A spokesman said: "Their Royal Highnesses are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in spring 2019.

"Their Royal Highnesses very much appreciate 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 their happy news.

"The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person.

"Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild."

The Palace did not comment on whether Thomas Markle, the Duchess’ father, has been told.

Grant Harrold, a former butler to Charles, William and Harry, tweeted:  "Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are expecting their first child in the spring." 

Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, was among the first to respond to the royal baby, tweeting: "Happy news to wake up to on a Monday morning -  congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!!" 

The duke and duchess arrived in Sydney on Monday ahead of a 16-day tour which will take in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

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