What you need to know about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex new arrival:
*Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced via Twitter on October 15, 2018 they were expecting a baby
*The Duchess is 12 weeks pregnant
*The royal baby is expected in the northern spring of 2019
BABY BY NUMBERS:
*The baby will be seventh in line to the throne
*The child will be the Queen's eighth great-grandchild
*The infant will be the Prince of Wales's fourth grandchild
*Meghan Markle is 37, Prince Harry is 34
*The baby won't be a prince or a princess unless the Queen issues a Letters Patent before the birth
*Royal births announced with a 41-gun salute
*Traditional names for girls include Alice, Mary, Elizabeth or Victoria
*Traditional boys names James, Philip, Frederick or Arthur for a boy are possible
*In the US, the most popular name for a baby girl is Emma and Liam for a baby boy
*In the UK, the most popular name for a girl born in 2017 was Olivia, and for a boy Oliver
*Diana is a possibility, in honour of Harry's late beloved mother
After the news:
*Doria Ragland: "very happy about this lovely news" and "looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild"
*Prime Minister Scott Morrison: "What fantastic news! Australia is thrilled for you both. Looking forward to sharing in the joy during your stay down under."
Before the news: *Prince Harry: "Hopefully we'll start a family in the near future."
*Meghan Markle: "I can't wait to start a family, but in due time"
* Thomas Markle: "She's wanted children for a long time and when she met Harry and she spoke about how much she loves him, there's got to be a child in the making, somewhere soon."
© AAP 2018
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