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Watch: Royals’ joy at news that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring

PUBLISHED: 09:04 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 15 October 2018

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are "very pleased" that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, Kensington Palace said. Picture: CHRIS JACKSON/PA Wire

Another royal baby is on the way, it was announced today. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “very pleased” that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, Kensington Palace said.

In a statement, Kensington 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.

“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.”

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The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whose baby Prince Louis was born in April, were all today said to be “delighted” for the couple.

Doria Ragland, the mother of the duchess, is “very happy about this lovely news” and “looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild”.

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