Meghan Markle, 37, and Prince Harry, 34, are expecting their first child together. The pair married in May this year, having announced their engagement to the world in November 2017. In October 2018, Kensington Palace confirmed Meghan’s pregnancy, announcing that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were to become parents for the first time in the near future. So, when is the next royal baby due to be born?
Understandably, Meghan has chosen not to reveal her exact due date.
However, Kensington Palace have provided some information on when they are expecting the happy arrival.
In the public announcement earlier this year, the statement revealed that the royal – and retired actor – is due to give birth in spring 2019.
According to the calendar, that means that the baby could be expected between March 20, 2019 right up until June 21, 2019.
The official statement read: “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.
“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.”
Meanwhile at the time, some reports claimed that Meghan could be about 12 weeks pregnant, meaning that she could be likely to give birth in April or May next year.
The news about the impending arrival of a royal baby came shortly after Prince William and Kate Middleton welomed their third child into the world: Prince Louis.
The youngster, who is the youngest nephew of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, was born in April this year at the Lindo wing of St Mary’s hospital.
Earlier this week, the Duchess was pictured making her exit from a carol service in Chelsea, London, with Prince Harry.
The royal wore a blue dress, which had a figure-hugging fit – drawing attention to her stomach.
She attended a meeting with university leaders, academics, and international scholarship students.
The event saw the attendees address how higher education can help to improve the world.
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) meeting saw conversations about the role universities have in addressing issues such as human trafficking and modern slavery, gender equality and inclusion, peace and reconciliation, and climate change and resilience.
Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile
Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.
Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.
Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.
She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.
Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.
She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.
Charity and humanitarian work
Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.
She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.
And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.
In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.
But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.
She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.
And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.
Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.
They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.
She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.