Saturday 17 November 2018

Doria Ragland 'very happy with lovely news' that daughter Meghan is expecting - but no word if Thomas Markle was told

Royal glitz: Meghan arriving for her wedding with her mother, Doria. Photo: Oli Scarff
Royal glitz: Meghan arriving for her wedding with her mother, Doria. Photo: Oli Scarff
‘Embraced’: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with her mother, Doria Ragland, (left) at the launch of the cookbook. Photo: PA
Britain's Prince Harry, and Doria Ragland listen to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaking at the launch of a cookbook with recipes from a group of women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire at Kensington Palace in London Ben Stansall/Pool via Reuters
Meghan Markle, right, and her mother Doria Ragland
The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Doria Ragland arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Photo: Reuters
Meghan Markle, accompanied by Prince Harry, and her mother, Doria Ragland , welcomes the women behind the cookbook she has championed to Kensington Palace in London Photo: Ben Stansall/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Sussex's mother Doria Ragland is "very happy" with the news that her daughter is expecting her first child.

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife will welcome their little boy or girl into the world next spring, and following the announcement on Monday morning Meghan's mum - who attended the couple's wedding in May without Meghan's father Thomas Markle - revealed her delight about becoming a grandmother.

A statement from Kensington Palace reads: "Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news, and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild."

Sharing the pair's baby joy with the world, the palace said: "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.

‘Embraced’: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with her mother, Doria Ragland, (left) at the launch of the cookbook. Photo: PA
‘Embraced’: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with her mother, Doria Ragland, (left) at the launch of the cookbook. Photo: PA

"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."

The palace declined to comment to news outlets when asked if Meghan's father Thomas was told about the pregnancy.

The pregnancy news came just as Harry and Meghan arrived in Australia for their first major international tour since getting married.

Harry, 33, had recently joked he didn't want a large family.

As the couple greeted fans in Dublin in July, Elaine Adam-Stewart, 43, told Harry: "My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children - when are you and Meghan going to get going?"

She added: "He laughed and said 'five children? Too many.' "

The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

But the 36-year-old former actress' father Thomas Markle previously revealed his daughter has wanted a baby of her own for a "long time."

He said: "She's wanted children for a long time. When she met Harry and she spoke about how much she loves him... there's got to be a child in the making there soon.

"I couldn't be more proud of those two, I think they'll do a fabulous job. They're great and I love then dearly. I'm very happy to have a new son-in-law."

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