Meghan Markle ‘desperate for a baby’ Harry and bride expected to announce a pregnancy soon
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot yesterday in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The couple have started their new life together as husband and wife – but when can royal fans expect Meghan to announce her royal baby with Harry?
Although not laid down in law, throughout Britain’s history it has been expected newlywed royals will get on with the serious business of increasing the number of heirs immediately.
Meghan will be expected to follow in this royal tradition, according to experts.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as Meghan and Harry are now known after the tiles were bestowed upon them by the Queen, have also suggested they are keen to start a family soon.
Meghan’s former agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne revealed Harry’s fiancee “would absolutely love to have children” and “can’t wait”.
Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne said: “Meghan and I were at an event in the Cayman Islands and Meghan discussed her future with me, and I said to her: ‘Meghan, what about kids? Would you like to have children?’
“She said to me, ‘I would absolutely love to have children, and I can’t wait to be a mother’.”
Speaking on the documentary ‘Harry and Meghan: A Love Story’, Ms Nelthorpe-Cowne revealed the conversation had taken place in the summer of 2016, around the time Meghan met Harry through a mutual friend.
And a friend close the couple also told the Mirror: “They’re desperate to have a family as soon as possible. They’re hoping it won’t take long.”
And this is not the first time someone close to Meghan has revealed her desire to have children.
Erin Specht, who dated Meghan’s half-brother Tom Markle Jr for 16 years, believes Meghan is “desperate to have a family of her own”.
In an interview with Australia’s New Idea magazine in March, Ms Specht said: “She wants kids. She will be an amazing mother.
“Meghan will get pregnant in her first year of marriage if she can.
“For certain, she will be trying for a baby on their honeymoon – she is going to be a brilliant mum.”
Royal biographer, Andrew Morton, added: “The expectations amongst Meghan friends and family is that she will be pregnant very quickly after the wedding.
“She’s 36. No time to wait. It’s part of the conversation about who they are as a couple.”
Harry and Meghan revealed in a BBC interview following the announcement of their engagement last November revealed there are plans for a royal baby “in the near future”.
When asked Harry responded: “Not currently, no. No, of course, you know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future.”
Bookies at Ladbrokes have slashed the odds of Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, announcing their first child this year to 4/6.
And punters also believe Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, will they have started their family before the end of 2019 with 1/5 odds.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It’s clear to see how much family means to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and, should they be fortunate enough to have a family, we reckon they’ll be hearing the pitter patter of tiny feet sooner, rather than later.”
Jeremy Paxman, a broadcaster and author, added: “Historically, it’s always been that there is no point in being a royal bride unless you are going to breed. That’s what you are for.
“You’re a broodmare if you’re a royal bride and the expectation is great.”
And historian Piers Brendan, speaking on the ITV documentary, Royal Wives of Windsors, continued: “The traditional duty of the wife was to provide an heir and spare.
“The key business of royalty is continuity, survival.”
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Source: EXPRESS CO UK