Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Oct. 15.
The announcement came hours after Harry, 34, and the former American actress Meghan Markle, 37, arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple after they landed.
“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 said in a statement.
The baby would be seventh in line for the British throne.
As TV stations in the English-speaking world broke into their regular coverage, Google saw a spike in searches for “when is spring?” — the answer in Britain is from March until May or June — and newspapers played up a U.K.-U.S. rivalry over the name of the baby, who will become either an earl or lady.
The bookies’ instant pick was Diana — the name of the late princess who was mother to both Prince Harry and older brother Prince William — along with Arthur and Alice. (AP, AFP-Jiji)