Meghan Markle, Prince Harry expecting first baby spring 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry visit Brighton as part of their tour of Sussex, Oct. 3, 2018. (Danny Martindale/WENN)

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is pregnant.

The new royal and her husband Prince Harry, who wed in May, announced the news via a spokesperson for Kensington Palace on Monday morning.

The happy statement, shared via social media, reads: "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."

Meghan and Harry will be celebrating with fans in Australia, where they recently landed as part of their first official royal tour together.

Former actress Meghan set tongues wagging at the wedding of Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on Friday, when she hid her frame in a navy blue Givenchy coat.

Following the announcement, Kensington Palace officials issued a statement on behalf of the 37-year-old's mother, Doria Ragland, which read, "Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild."

They also said that Harry's brother Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are "delighted" for the couple, as are his grandparents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Palace representatives declined to comment to reporters at Entertainment Tonight when asked if Thomas Markle, Meghan's father, had been notified or had a statement of his own.

A spokesperson also confirmed that the former "Suits" star has been for her 12-week scan. Meghan will not be adjusting her royal tour schedule, despite warnings of the Zika virus, which is serious for pregnant women as it can cause birth defects in their babies, in Fiji and Tonga. Reporters suggest she received medical advice before taking the trip.

Harry, 34, and Meghan have made no secret of their desire to start a family. During an interview with BBC reporters in November, not long after they announced their engagement, the couple spoke openly about their plans to have children.

"Of course. You know, one step at a time. Hopefully, we'll start a family in the near future," Harry smiled.

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