Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who got married in May, are expecting a baby next spring, Kensington Palace announced on Monday.
A dukedom can only be inherited by a male heir, however, if the couple welcome a daughter, they would not be given the title of duchess and will reportedly be known as Lady.
The news has been announced as the couple began a tour of Australia.
Meghan is said to be in ‘good health’ and they have had a successful 12 week scan – suggesting that the baby is due in late April, possibly around St George’s Day.
Pregnancy rumors went into overdrive today as Meghan got off the plane in Australia and was seen holding her stomach – and later covered her midriff with a folder.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding will just take place in midday and before that we’re throwing it back to the actor and duchess-to-be’s 2017 India visit. Don’t miss this picture of Meghan wearing a blue-and-green saree with matching bangles and a bindi.
On her maiden India trip, Meghan paid a special tribute to her host country with her outfit choice. Looking elegant and fresh in her desi avatar, Meghan wore a beautiful green-and-blue saree with golden motifs. She paired her handcrafted saree with a quarter-sleeve printed beige blouse.
Meanwhile, as per Kensington Palace announcement, The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby will officiate as the couple makes their vows.
For the unversed, Markle’s father will not attend his daughter’s wedding due to poor health and now latest reports suggest that Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne will walk her down the aisle.
Priyanka was photographed arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday. She looked like the epitome of travel chic in a blue and green plaid pantsuit from Alberta Ferretti. She paired her separates with a low-key grey hoodie, pointy-toe denim pumps and narrow-framed sunglasses.
According to the official announcement, “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”
On Saturday Harry and Meghan will say “I do” at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. So, the big day for the royals has come when the couple will start their new journey.
Shortly after their engagement was revealed, it was confirmed the wedding between Harry and Meghan will be held on Saturday, May 19.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: “Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel. The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.”
Floral designer Philippa Craddock will provide flowers that will include white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies.
It was also announced that the royal couple will have a lemon elderflower cake made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based Violet Bakery.
Meghan Markle has confirmed that her father, who had been expected to walk her down the aisle, will not be at her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday as he could be given space to focus on his health.
Ms Ragland will meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday, accompanied by Prince Harry and Ms Markle.
Following the ceremony, at least part of the reception is likely to take place in St George’s Hall – a grand 180ft-long room within Windsor Castle which is often used for large state banquets.
In recent years, Windsor Castle has also played host to Harry’s father Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall’s blessing after their civil ceremony in 2005.
While in 1999, Prince William and Harry’s uncle the Earl of Wessex married Sophie Rhys-Jones.
The venue is the same church Harry was christened in when he was three months old.