The Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria Ragland is “very happy” with the news that her daughter is expecting her first child.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife will welcome their little boy or girl into the world next spring, and following the announcement on Monday morning Meghan’s mum – who attended the couple’s wedding in May without Meghan’s father Thomas Markle – revealed her delight about becoming a grandmother.
A statement from Kensington Palace reads: “Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
Sharing the pair’s baby joy with the world, the palace said: “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.”
The palace declined to comment to news outlets when asked if Meghan’s father Thomas was told about the pregnancy.
The pregnancy news came just as Harry and Meghan arrived in Australia for their first major international tour since getting married.
Harry, 33, had recently joked he didn’t want a large family.
As the couple greeted fans in Dublin in July, Elaine Adam-Stewart, 43, told Harry: “My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children – when are you and Meghan going to get going?”
She added: “He laughed and said ‘five children? Too many.’ ”
Megs mother, Doria Ragland issued a statement in which she said she was “very happy about this lovely news” and “looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild”. But Kensington Palace declined to comment on whether Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, had been told.
Last month Ms Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena, California, and could move to London to help look after the child because Meghan may not want to hire a nanny. According to reports, Ms Ragland has been learning nannying skills, such as first aid from specialist coaches in LA, where she currently lives.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, when it arrives in the Spring of 2019, will be the 7th in line to the throne, pushing Prince Andrew of York down to number 8.