Harry, Meghan in Australia for Oceania tour

Emmett Rice
October 15, 2018

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and wife of the Queen's grandson Prince Harry, is pregnant, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

The baby will be the seventh in line to the throne.

Kensington Palace said, the couple 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".

The royal couple and are now in Australia on their first overseas tour.

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, said in a statement she was "very happy about this lovely news" and that she "looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild".

The pregnancy news came just as Harry and Meghan arrived in Australia for their first major worldwide tour since getting married.

Their baby will be a first cousin of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis - but will not be a prince or princess themselves unless the Queen steps in ahead of the birth.

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Monday's announcement is welcome news in Britain, where Meghan has won many hearts since her engagement to Harry was announced last December. "Wishing them all the best", May tweeted.

The main focus for the trip, however, is the Invictus Games.

On Monday, 52.4 per cent of the 1,000 respondents to a poll conducted by the Australian Republican Movement, said they wanted Australia to become a republic - the favourite response of 58.6 per cent of responders between 25 and 34 years of age.

The announcement comes on the day the couple arrived in the country for their Australian tour ahead of the Invictus Games and just five months after the pair Wednesday. Harry and Meghan will attend the Games' launch and closing ceremony. In Australia, they will pet a koala in a Sydney zoo, visit in the drought-stricken Outback town of Dubbo and meet indigenous leaders on Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island, in northeastern Queensland state.

The tour coincides with the third Invictus Games, an global sports competition Harry founded in 2014 for wounded veterans and members of the military, which kicks off Saturday. Hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple after they landed.

After the announcement that Harry and Meghan are expecting a baby, Morrison tweeted: "What fantastic news!"

There was widespread speculation Meghan was expecting a child after she wore a long, dark blue coat to the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Windsor on Friday.

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