UPDATE: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Expecting Their First Child

UPDATE: Oct. 16, 2018 at 7:08 a.m. ET

On Tuesday in Sydney, Australia, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, spoke publicly for the first time about her pregnancy.

Markle spoke to Australian TV personality Eddie Woo, 33, at a reception at the Admiralty House, according to The Daily Mail.

Woo said that his own children who are ages five, seven and 10, require “a lot of energy.”

“We’re ready! We’re excited to join the club,” Markle replied.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry said to guests: “Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life. And we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl.”

ORIGINAL STORY: Published Oct. 15, 2018

Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring of 2019.

British media said Markle, 37, was believed to be about 12 weeks pregnant. The baby will be seventh-in-line to the British throne.

“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 couple’s Kensington Palace office said in a statement.

Harry, 34, younger son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, married Markle on May 19.

From a sermon by the first Black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States to a soul-stirring gospel choir, it was clear that Markle chose to recognize her African-American heritage during the wedding ceremony.

Related Story: The Royal Wedding Ceremony Included the African-American Experience

Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, also had a significant presence at the wedding. Ragland, who is Black, has locks, a rose ring and is a yoga instructor and social worker in Los Angeles, rode in the Queen’s Rolls-Royce Phantom to the ceremony with her daughter.

“My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African-American. I’m half Black and half white,” Markle wrote in a column for ELLE magazine in 2015.

Kensington Palace also said in the announcement that Ragland “is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”

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