Meghan Markle and Prince Harry receive the first official gifts for babies

adminOctober 16, 2018




It's only been a few hours since her pregnancy was announced, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have already started receiving gifts for their little one!

On Monday, while attending a welcome reception at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Lynne Cosgrove, gave the royal couple their first official baby gifts.

"That's so cute, it's our first baby gift!" Meghan, 37, said in PEOPLE's Live video, while receiving a fluffy stuffed kangaroo (complete with a baby Joey!) And ankle boots. Ugg wool

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The departure, which is part of his actual tour in Australia, marked the first public appearance of the royal couple as future parents since Meghan's pregnancy was announced by the Kensington Palace earlier that day.

"Your Royal Highnesses, the Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019," the statement said.

"Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to share this happy news with the public."

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The couple's son will stay behind Harry, 34, in the line of succession to the throne, which means that he or she will be the seventh in line. The baby will also be one of the first heirs of mixed race in the British royal family. (It was believed that Queen Charlotte in the nineteenth century was of mixed race and had 15 children).

After the news, a real source told PEOPLE that Meghan had her 12-week scan and "feels good."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

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Harry's brother, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton are "delighted" by the couple, the palace says. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, 62, also shared her reaction to the exciting news.

"Ms. Ragland is very happy with this beautiful news and hopes to welcome her first grandchild," the statement issued by Kensington Palace reads.

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The royal couple will spend 16 days touring Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

On Tuesday, Harry and Meghan will head to Dubbo, which is also in New South Wales, but about five hours away from Syndey. The pair then head to Melbourne, Victoria, before returning to Sydney in time for the Invictus Games, an event in the style of the Harry Paralympic Games created for wounded or injured members of the armed service. The Invictus Games will take place from October 20 to 27.

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In addition to focusing on the military and women, newlyweds will also highlight forest conservation efforts through Queen Elizabeth's canopy project.

They will travel to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, located just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Harry and Meghan then fly to Fiji and Tongo for four days.

The tour ends on October 31 in the city on the shores of Lake Rotorua in New Zealand, which is known for its bubbling mud pools fed by geothermal activity and traditional Maori culture.



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