Who Was the First Member of the Royal Family to Find Out Meghan Markle Was Pregnant?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child sometime in late April. The past several months have been a whirlwind for the couple — the two are trying to prepare for the new baby while also maintaining all of their regular royal duties. When the couple first shared the news, there was nothing but excitement from royal family members. But who was the first family member Harry and Meghan shared the good news with?

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a baby in April. | Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry and Meghan announced their pregnancy to the public last October

Harry and Meghan’s relationship timeline was a quick one. The two only began dating in 2016 after they were introduced through a mutual friend. However, they fell in love very quickly and both were ready to get married after only about a year and a half. Harry reportedly proposed to Meghan over a roasted chicken, and of course, the Suits actress immediately said yes. They planned an extravagant royal wedding for May 2018 and said they were extremely excited to start a family. Then, in October 2018, the couple publicly announced that they’re expecting their first child.

The couple reportedly shared the news with most of the family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding

While most people try not to share big news at weddings (for fear of stealing thunder), things in the royal family are very different than in common life. And Harry and Meghan reportedly shared the news of their little one at Princess Eugenie’s October wedding to Jack Brooksbank. Meghan and Harry likely wanted to tell everyone as soon as they knew, but it’s customary not to publicize a pregnancy until after the first trimester. Plus, there was one person the couple had to tell first.

Queen Elizabeth is always the first to find out when a royal family member is expecting

Queen Elizabeth calls all the shots in the royal family. She’s the most highly respected person in the family and is the first to know about any news that affects her relatives. Marie Claire reported that once a royal family member becomes pregnant, Queen Elizabeth must always be the first to know. And when a royal family member gives birth, the queen is always the first to receive the announcement and hear the baby’s gender. When Harry and Meghan learned they were expecting, the queen was likely the first one to hear the news.

There are several pregnancy traditions royal family members typically follow

The royal family loves tradition. There are several royal baby traditions women in the family should follow. For one, they cannot learn the gender of the baby before the birth. They also typically give birth in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. Plus, for the last 70 years, the new babies have been swaddled in a very specific baby blanket when the parents and new baby make their first public appearance together. However, Meghan and Harry have been known to stray from tradition. Meghan reportedly will not give birth in the Lindo Wing. But despite Meghan’s slight rebellion with breaking tradition, the couple still probably told the queen first when they learned of the little one on the way.

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