According to Kensington Palace, the official royal residence in London, Britain's Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry, is pregnant.
"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," the palace said in a statement.
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. pic.twitter.com/Ut9C0RagLk— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 15 октября 2018 г.
The news has echoed pregnancy rumors that emerged last week after Meghan Markle was seen wearing a loose-fitting, buttoned-up designer coat at Princess Eugenie's wedding on October 12.
That the Duchess is expecting a baby has made waves on social media, with netizens pouring congratulations on their royal favorites, who are currently in Australia on their first overseas tour.
This is fantastic news!!! Congrats to the Duke & Duchess!! 👏👏👏 AND they announced while here in Australia! This #RoyalTour just got better! 🇦🇺— Jake Michael Thompson (@JMThompson95) 15 октября 2018 г.
No messing about. That's how them royals do it. pic.twitter.com/DtpKaxCAMG— Kelly (@Kelly_QPR) 15 октября 2018 г.
Congratulations to the Duke & Dutchess on baby Sussex!— BabyCaps (@CharmdMetal) 15 октября 2018 г.
We got to wake up to happy news in the USA today! ❤
With Brexit being scheduled for March 29, netizens are discussing who will be "pushed out" earlier: the baby or the country. Some have even come up with a fitting name for the child.
Official #RoyalBaby name odds revealed:— Marty Lawrence (@TeaAndCopy) 15 октября 2018 г.
Wouldn’t it be great if Harry named his #RoyalBaby ‘Brexit’? Prince Brexit. Be the real boost we need at a tough time and something we can all get behind!!! Just a thought!— Jack (@JackWebster) 15 октября 2018 г.
Some skeptics contend that all the hype around the royal child could be a distraction from Britain's looming departure from the European Union, which is still entangled in uncertainty as negotiations stall on future trade and customs arrangements.
Is the #royalbaby supposed to be a distraction from the Brexit deadline? Cheap trick— Amber Shale (@shaletown) 15 октября 2018 г.
The news has also revived speculations about Prince Harry's conspiracy to bring America back into the fold of the British reign.
Baby has duel citizenship becomes US president signs the colony back to Britain. Queen Lizzie playing the long game 😂— mag_1892 (@mag_1892) 15 октября 2018 г.
Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-ball here, but it's a smart move. They want America back and this is how they'll do it.— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) 27 ноября 2017 г.