It’s official, folks — Meghan Markle is really pregnant. She is due in the spring.
After months of impatience and speculation, Kensington Palace has confirmed it to be true.
And now Meghan’s mother has released a statement of her own about her daughter’s happy news.
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Kensington Palace revealed how Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland has responded to the pregnancy.
“Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news,” Kensington Palace shared with ET.
Obviously, this almost certainly isn’t new information to Doria. We imagine that she was one of the first people told.
“And,” Kensington Palace continued. “She looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
That, of course, is no surprise. It’s a grandbaby and a royal baby, all in one!
The Palace declined to comment on whether Thomas Markle has been notified about his impending grandchild.
Just last month, Doria joined her royal daughter for a very special event.
Meghan’s first real project as Duchess of Sussex was promoting a cookbook that celebrates a beautiful blending of cultures.
Everyone likes food, and food can be a powerful symbol of pluralism, so it was a great project.
While in the UK, Doria has reportedly been introducing herself as “Meghan’s mum,” which is adorable.
It has been said that it was Prince Harry’s idea to have her come over and stay for a while.
She’s been a source of comfort as Meghan has had to deal with her other relatives.
Meghan’s pregnancy has passed the 12-week mark, the Palace has confirmed.
Meghan and Harry are currently at the start of a 2-week royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
Though Meghan’s pregnancy has been confirmed to be in good health, there have been warnings of Zika virus in Tonga and Fiji.
The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquitoes and can be devastating to a fetus.
Despite this, Harry and Meghan apparently intend to stick to their plans.
Speaking of annoying pests, it was reported that Samantha Grant showed up to Kensington Palace only to be refused entry.
“The palace doesn’t want to dignify any of it,” the Palace said when asked about Meghan’s evil half-sister.
The statement explained that they declined to comment “because it just adds fuel to the fire.”
“Samantha revels in the attention,” the palace admitted.
The Palace then affirmed: “Meghan is not corresponding with her sister or her father.”
Meghan has now known for weeks — perhaps even months — that she is pregnant.
This must have compounded the pain of her tragically unavoidable estrangement from her terrible father, Thomas Markle.
Before the wedding, Thomas was exposed making deals with paparazzi to pose for staged photographs in exchange for kickbacks.
After the controversy, he did not attend the wedding, and then began blabbing to every news outlet that would give him air time.
This is unacceptable behavior for anyone and scandalizing to the royal family — and deeply hurtful to Meghan.
She can now no longer trust her father with a phone call, for fear that he’ll repeat everything in an interview.
For this reason, she wouldn’t have been able to even share this happy news with him.
Though Harry and Meghan’s child will be a royal baby, they are not expecting a prince or princess.
Because Harry is not a direct heir to the throne, a son of his would be Earl of Dumbarton — an earldom bestowed upon him by the Queen on his wedding day.
However, Queen Elizabeth could intervene and declare that Harry and Meghan’s children are princes and princesses if she so chooses.
This would mean that they remain part of the royal family will all of its various perks, even if they would never realistically sit upon the throne.
Given Harry’s admission that being a royal is less than ideal, this may never happen.