Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s extensive royal tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand has already given us so much: lots of royal PDA, tuxedo dresses and fantastic shoes, and stirring speeches.
But we’ve also been able to gather a few nuggets about Harry and Meghan’s little royal nugget, due to arrive in spring 2019. Over the weekend, the Duke of Sussex revealed one of his nicknames for Baby Sussex during a speech in New Zealand. “From myself and my wife and our little bump, we are so grateful to be here,” he said. “We bring blessings from my grandmother, the Queen, and our family.” Watch here.
“Our little bump,” plus an adorable smile, was enough to send the world into one giant collective, “Aww!”
Of course, this tour kicked off with the happy announcement from Kensington Palace that another royal baby was on the way: “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.” And Harry has obviously gotten more comfortable publicly speaking about the new addition to the family since the early days of the tour. “We also, genuinely, couldn’t think of a better place to announce, uh, the upcoming baby, be it a boy or girl, so thank you very much,” he said during a welcome reception back on October 16.
As for what else we know about their “little bump,” Harry (and much of the globe) is hoping for a baby girl. (When a fan shouted out, “I hope it’s a girl”, Harry replied, “I do too!”) The couple also has a long list of possible baby names. “We’ve been given a long list of names from everyone,” Markle said, noting that she and Prince Harry are “going to sit down and have a look at them.” And the Duchess of Sussex has been using yoga to battle her jet lag and early pregnancy symptoms.
Needless to say the countdown is on for the newest royal baby. Is it spring yet?