Meghan Markle is pregnant, Buckingham Palace announced ( PA )

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have told of their joy after announcing they are expecting their first child together.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the Duchess is to give birth at some time in spring next year.

Kensington Palace wrote online: “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 announcement comes as the couple began their first official foreign tour together in Australia.

It comes following days of frenzied speculation about whether Meghan may have been pregnant after the couple celebrated five months of marriage.

The speculation was sparked when Meghan Markle’s tour schedule indicated she would not be doing a climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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