How royal family reacted to Meghan and Harry's baby news

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The couple, officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is now on a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, with their arriving in Sydney, holding hands, over the weekend.

"Your Royal Highnesses, welcome to Australia", said Sir Peter, 'may we on behalf of all Australians congratulate you both on the announcement that you are expecting a baby.

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Diana, Alice and Arthur are the early favourites to be the name of the new baby, who will be seventh in line to the throne. Markle is a big fan of classic tailored pieces, most recently evidenced by her maternity look at Princess Eugenie's wedding, to which she wore a Givenchy navy coat and dress.

With the first official engagement of their tour to Australia this morning, all eyes were on the newly-pregnant Duchess of Sussex and her wardrobe choice.

Mills added: "Doria Ragland (Meghan's mother) is incredibly happy about the news and looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild".

Insiders have said Prince Harry is "happier than he has ever been" as he and Meghan prepare to become parents next spring.

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A source told People that Markle has already undergone her 12-week scan and is "feeling well" during her first pregnancy. It will be the couple's first child.

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The tour is taking the couple to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand, and will end on October 31.

The topic cropped up in their engagement interview, with Harry, saying: "Hopefully we'll start a family in the near future".

The confirmation comes after a flurry of rumors that Meghan could be pregnant.

The Queen did exactly that at the birth of Prince George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, to ensure that all their children would have titles, and not just first born George. When she turned up to the "100 Days of Peace" at Central Hall Westminster last month wearing a bright blue, sleeveless Jason Wu dress that wasn't skin-tight over her stomach, the rumours were rife then, too.

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