The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister, 34, and financier husband James Matthews, 42, are said to be overjoyed.
They told close family and friends last week after her 12-week scan.
It comes at a difficult time for the family, after James’s dad, David, 74, was accused of rape.
The Duchess of Cambridge "could not have been more delighted" on learning little sister Pippa was pregnant, a friend revealed.
Kate, only days away from giving birth to her third child, was the first person after Pippa’s husband, James Matthews, to hear the good news.
A friend said: “When Pippa found out she was pregnant, she was obviously thrilled and utterly overjoyed.
“Naturally, big sister Kate and parents, Carole and Michael, were the first people she told — James aside — and they could not have been more delighted.
“It’s been a tough few weeks for the two families, so this has provided some much-needed happiness and light relief.”
The announcement comes weeks after James’ younger brother, former Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews, 28, and his 32-year-old fiancée, model Vogue Williams, confirmed they were expecting their first child.
Pippa was said to be eager to start a family after marrying financier James in May last year.
Eight months pregnant Kate, 36, kept an eye on Prince George, four, and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, who stole the show as page boy and bridesmaid.
The friend added: “Pippa and James have always known they wanted children.
"They have made the most of their first few months of marriage and felt the time was right to expand their family.”
The baby is due in October.
The news comes after it emerged James and Spencer’s father, 74, was being investigated over allegations he raped a minor.
He was questioned in March by French police over an attack, said to have happened between 1998 and 1999, and placed under investigation by a magistrate.
This month, it was revealed a second woman had made similar claims against him, this time dating back to the 1980s.
He denies the allegations, labelling them “untrue and scandalous”.
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