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Meghan Markle Hinted at Her Due Date on Christmas

Meghan and Harry are expecting their first child next spring.
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It's official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child together. After weeks of rumors and speculation, Kensington Palace publicly confirmed the happy news with a post on Twitter on October 15, before the royal couple official kicked off their royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand.

"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," reads the announcement.

"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."

At this point, it's unclear exactly when the newest royal baby will arrive, but the Palace has confirmed that Meghan's due date is sometime in the Spring of 2019. Shortly after the announcement, several royal correspondents pinpointed the date closer April, given that Meghan had already had her 12-week scan at the time of the announcement, but on their podcast "On Heir," reporters Emily Andrews and Omid Scobie suggested the child might arrive in March.

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"When everyone was saying at the time of the pregnancy announcement that she was three months..." Scobie started, before Andrews jumped in.

"We understand that she was around 14/15 weeks, and so, we think that the baby is due in early April," she said before further guessing. "I think maybe March, I think the baby might be born in March," she said.

But then later, Andrews hedged, "Babies can come whenever they want."

Meghan herself weighed in on Christmas. According to photographer Karen Anvil, Meghan said "We’re nearly there" when asked if she was excited about the baby.

And according to Katie Nicholl, the Duchess plans to work well into her pregnancy. Per a recent story in Vanity Fair, "Meghan has told aides she wants to work as close to her due date next spring as possible." She is also reportedly expected to announce a new charity initiative by the end of the year.

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Meghan and Harry have been very open about wanting to start a family together. In an interview with the BBC shortly after the couple announced their engagement, Harry said they wanted to have children. "Not yet, no, but I think eventually, one step at a time, and we'll start a family in the near future,” he said.

And back in March, Meghan joked about wanting to have kids while in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While greeting an entrepreneur who makes baby products, Markle quipped “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole thing.”

Following the pregnancy announcement Meghan and Harry's families have also shared their excitement about the news.

Members of the royal family are reportedly "delighted," and Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland is "very happy."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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