Australians will be the first to congratulate Prince Harry and wife Meghan on their baby news when the pair start their royal tour in Sydney.
Less than a day after revealing news of the pregnancy, the couple will begin their first official royal tour by cosying up to koalas and taking in Sydney’s Opera House.
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When the pair landed in Sydney on Monday morning Meghan sparked baby bump speculation as she clasped folders over her torso while walking through the airport.
Hours later, Kensington Palace tweeted: “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 the couple had “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.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the announcement, saying it was “fantastic news”.
“Australia is thrilled for you both. Looking forward to sharing in the joy during your stay Down Under,” he tweeted on Monday evening.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also sent her well wishes to the royals via a tweet: “Congratulations. Looking forward to welcoming you to Sydney tomorrow.”
Tuesday will be the first opportunity for the public to interact with the couple when they visit Taronga Zoo and the Opera House.
In a jam-packed schedule of 76 engagements across 16 days, the royal duo will tour around Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which kick off on Saturday and run for a week.
While Ms Berejiklian hoped the weather would hold up for their visit, the Bureau of Meteorology says Sydney’s forecast for Tuesday is drizzly and cool, with showers continuing for most of the week.
Starting on Tuesday morning at Admiralty House, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be officially welcomed by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
They will then head to Taronga Zoo to meet two joey koalas named in their honour, before heading to the Opera House to watch a rehearsal by the Bangarra Dance Theatre.