When Did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Tell the Royal Family They Were Expecting?

Unless you’ve been living in a fallout shelter for the last five months, you know that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duchess and Duke of Sussex, are expecting their first child together, Baby Sussex.

Nine months sure does fly by where you’re on royal tours and attending events on behalf of the royal family as the royal couple has been doing. But when did they find out they were going to have a baby and how did they tell the royal family? Keep reading to find out.

When is Meghan Markle’s due date?

Baby Sussex will be gracing the world with its presence in a matter of weeks. Markle said in January 2019 that her due date is late April.

Royal watchers, start clearing your schedule for late April so you can catch a glimpse of the newest addition to the royal family.

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We’re dying to know if the baby will their dad’s red hair or their mom’s freckles. No matter what, the baby will be an adorable royal bundle of joy.

When did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry publicly announce they were expecting?

The couple publicly announced they were expecting a child in October 2018. October 15, 2018, to be exact.

Since then royal enthusiasts have been placing bets on anything and everything to do with the Baby Sussex; gender, weight, hair, and eye color. Anything you can think of related to the royal baby, there’s a bet for it.

At the time of their pregnancy announcement, Markle was 12 weeks along and feeling “quite well” after her 12-week checkup, according to Cosmopolitan.

When did Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tell the royal family they were expecting?

Prince Harry and Markle reportedly told the royal family they were expecting a child at Princess Eugenie’s wedding three days before they made their public announcement. According to Cosmopolitan, that’s when they shared the news.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Princess Eugenie's wedding
(L-R) Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Britain’s Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn, Britain’s Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave after attending the wedding of Britain’s Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)

Some brides and grooms may get upset with guests who “steal their thunder” as it were, but hey, when you want to tell your family, you tell your family.

What we already know about Baby Sussex

For an unborn child, there’s a lot the public already knows about Baby Sussex. They will be just about a year apart from their cousin, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s youngest, Prince Louis.

Prince Harry and Markle have already been researching schools for Baby Sussex. There’s a good chance the baby will attend ACS Egham International School when they’re old enough.

Baby Sussex won’t become a prince or princess unless Queen Elizabeth II makes an exception to a royal rule established in 1917 that basically says children too far removed from the throne don’t get the title of Royal Highness. Baby Sussex will be seventh in line to the throne behind their father.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 5: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a reception to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on March 5, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry has publicly said he wants Baby Sussex to be a girl although we’re betting he’d be happy with a boy as long as the baby is healthy.

Royal watchers have been speculating Baby Sussex will be a girl but since Markle’s New York City baby shower the tide has changed. Markle’s friend and actress, Abigail Spencer, was seen carrying a blue-wrapped gift to the location of the shower, sparking theories that Baby Sussex will be a boy.