Harry and Meghan reveal why they decided to announce pregnancy news on tour

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised fans around the world by announcing they’re expecting their first child on the eve of their Royal Tour.

Most had believed they would put plans for a little one on hold due to Zika virus risks in the countries they travelled to, but the announcement was made shortly after they touched down in Australia.

Many people criticised the couple for sharing the happy news just a few days after Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank, with some even suggesting they stole her thunder.

But now the couple have revealed why they decided to tell everyone when they did.

During ITV’s documentary about their massive tour, which featured 76 engagements over 16 days, Harry explained that they simply thought the location was perfect.

Speaking at Admiralty House on day one, the Duke said: "We’re both absolutely delighted to be here and we also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl. So thank you very, very much."

Making the announcement before the tour meant the couple were presented with a range of baby gifts during their visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The first was a toy kangaroo, followed by countless books, teddy bears, mini outfits and some tiny Wellington boots.

We don’t know exactly how far along in the pregnancy is, but Kensington Palace has said the new little royal is due in the spring.

Baby Sussex will be seventh in line to the throne.

However it’s unlikely that he or she will be a prince or princess, unless the Queen steps in to change the rules.

King George V – Harry’s great great grandfather – limited titles within the royal family in 1917 and Meghan and Harry’s child will be too far down the line of succession to be an HRH.

  • Harry and Meghan: The First Tour is available on the ITV Hub

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