Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced they expecting a royal baby and told the Queen and the rest of the family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, it was revealed today.
The happy news came hours after the couple were seen beaming as they touched down in Sydney for their first major international tour since their Windsor Castle wedding in May.
Meghan is said to be in ‘good health’ and has had a successful 12 week scan – suggesting that the baby was conceived in late July – just ten weeks after they married – and is due in late April 2019, possibly around St George’s Day.
The child will be the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild and announcing their baby news Kensington Palace said today: ‘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 flew into Australia on a normal commercial Qantas passenger flight and chose an Airbus A380 – which has higher cabin pressure and half the cabin noise of other aircraft to ensure a more restful journey for the newly-pregnant Duchess.
And rumours the Duchess is carrying a baby went into overdrive as soon as she got off the plane because she kept touching her stomach and later covered her midriff with a folder.
Last month her mother Doria Ragland was seen taking baby-care classes in Pasadena, California and royal sources have said she may move to London to help look after the child because Meghan does not want to hire a nanny.
Ms Ragland today issued a statement saying she was ‘very happy at this lovely news and is looking forward to welcoming her first grandchild’- but Kensington Palace declined to comment on whether her estranged father, Thomas Markle, had been told.
Social media exploded as the news was announced at 8.40am and some have suggested that the child could a be a ‘Brexit Baby’ – because it will be born shortly after Britain leaves the EU on March 29.
On Friday she also wore a suspiciously wide-fitting Givenchy coat to Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding in Windsor with husband Harry seen repeatedly rubbing her lower back.
But there is no change to their tour of Australasia including their trip to Fiji and Tonga next week despite FCO advice that pregnant women should not travel to the region because of its moderate Zika risk.
The couple said they had sought medical and advice and decided to go ahead with their plans.
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Pope Urges Calm In Protest-Hit Ecuador
Pope Francis on Sunday called on all sides to refrain from violence in Ecuador, which has been rocked by nationwide protests against rising fuel and living costs.
“I am following with concern what is happening in Ecuador,” the Argentine pontiff said after his weekly Sunday Angelus prayer at the Vatican.
“I encourage all parties to abandon violence and extreme positions. Let us learn — only through dialogue can social peace be found, I hope soon.”
The 85-year-old urged particular attention to be paid to “the marginalised populations and the poorest, but always respecting the rights of all, and the institutions of the country”.
Ecuador’s National Assembly is due to vote on whether to oust President Guillermo Lasso over the protests that have left five people dead and dozens injured in 13 days of revolt.
Pope Francis also highlighted the death of sister Luisa Dell’Orto, an Italian missionary who he said was killed on Saturday in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
“Sister Lucia (Luisa) lived there for 20 years, dedicated above all to the service of street children,” he said.
“I entrust her soul to God and pray for the Haitian people, especially for the youngest, so they may have a more peaceful future without misery, and without violence.
“Sister Lucia made her life a gift for others, to the point of martyrdom.”
Finally, the pope urged those listening not to forget the war in Ukraine.
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War: Ukraine Will Be Coerced To Make ‘Bad Peace’ With Russia – UK
The United Kingdom has expressed fears that Ukraine will be coerced to make a ‘bad peace’ with Russia.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said Ukraine could face pressure to agree to a peace deal with Russia over the global food crisis.
According to him, Volodymyr Zelensky’s side will enter a peace deal that will not be in the interests of his country as a result of the economic consequences of the ongoing war in Europe.
The British Prime Minister is in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, with leaders of Commonwealth nations for a summit
He told reporters, according to BBC, that “Too many countries are saying this is a European war that is unnecessary … and so the pressure will grow to encourage, coerce, maybe, the Ukrainians to a bad peace.”
The UK Prime Minister then warned that there would be consequences if Russian President Vladimir Putin has his way in Ukraine.
Johnson noted that this would be dangerous to international security and “a long-term economic disaster”.
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Obama Rues U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision To Overturn Roe v Wade Abortion Rights
Former American President Barrack Obama says the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling “reverses 50 years precedent, attacking the essential freedoms of Americans.”
“Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans,” Mr Obama said in a tweet.
On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), a U.S. Supreme Court judgment that ruled that United States Constitution protects pregnant women’ liberty to decide to have an abortion.
Justice Samuel Alito on Friday wrote the majority opinion that tossed out the case. Mr Alito was joined by the five other conservatives on the high court, including Chief Justice John Roberts.
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives,” the opinion said.
The case was met with a 6-3 decision, with the court’s three liberal justices filing a dissenting opinion to the ruling.
The decision has been widely anticipated after a draft of the ruling was exclusively reported by Politico in May.
Following the leak, Oklahoma passed a near-total ban on all abortions, starting “at fertilization” pending the signature of Republican Governor Kevin Stitt, it would be the most restrictive abortion ban in the U.S.
President Joe Biden had urged Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade, saying a woman’s right to have an abortion is “fundamental.”
“If the court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose,” Mr Biden said in May.
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