Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Birkenhead


I’m having an April baby! Meghan lets slip to well-wishers during a walkabout in Birkenhead she is now SIX months pregnant – but doesn’t know if it’s a boy or a girl as she wants it to be a surprise

  • Harry and Meghan will visit Hamilton Square in Birkenhead to see new Wilfred Owen sculpture on Monday
  • Royal couple will also visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, a group supporting vulnerable women, this afternoon
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also go to youth centre Hive Wirral Youth Zone in Merseyside today
  • Meghan, 37, wore a figure-hugging £107 purple dress from Babaton by Aritizia and red coat from Sentaler

The Duchess of Sussex let slip the due date of her baby as she met locals in Birkenhead today.

Meghan, 37, revealed that she is six months pregnant with her first child expected in April as she chatted to well-wishers in the northwest town of Birkenhead during her and Prince Harry’s first joint engagement of the year.

She also revealed the couple don’t know whether they’re having a boy or a girl, as they want it to be a ‘surprise’. 

The brief exchange was overheard as Meghan, glowing in a red wrap coat worn over a figure-hugging £107 purple dress from Babaton by Aritizia, met locals in Merseyside with her husband on Monday morning. 

While Kensington Palace have not publicly revealed the due date, royal fans had previously speculated that Baby Sussex could be expected as early as March due to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump. 

Meghan paired the vibrant ensemble with a £1,695 Gabriela Hearst leather ‘bowling’ bag and vertiginous red stilettos and, in a return to her signature style, the Duchess ditched the sleek chignon she’s been sporting in recent weeks for a relaxed ‘messy’ bun as she and Harry charmed the locals who had gathered to see them. 

Her £1,085 red coat, believed to be a new addition to her wardrobe, is from Canadian brand Sentaler and the duchess has worn the brown version previously in Sandringham. 


The bun is back! In a return to her signature style, the Duchess of Sussex ditched the sleek chignon she’s been sporting in recent weeks for a classic messy bun as she touched down in Merseyside on Monday morning for a day of engagements

Lady in red! The Duchess of Sussex , 37, looked stunning in a red wrap coat and matching stilettos worn over a purple dress as she touched down in Merseyside on Monday morning for her first joint engagement with Prince Harry

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A gift for baby Sussex? The Duke and Duchess are festooned with gifts as they undertake a royal walkabout amongst the large crowds, many of whom had been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple on Monday morning

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrives arm in arm to view a statue if poet Wilfred Owen. It comes as the couple continue to make renovations on their new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, ahead of the birth of their first child

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    The couple travelled to Merseyside from London this morning to visit organisations that support and empower groups within the community. 

    Their first stop was Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square to view a new sculpture that was erected in November to mark the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s death. 

    The statue, which is named after one of Owen’s works, Futility, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted First World War soldier. 


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    After unveiling a plaque to mark their visit, Harry and Meghan met local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, which Owen belonged to, and played a part in the creation of the tribute.

    The Duke and Duchess then undertook a royal walkabout amongst the large crowds, many of whom had been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple.

    Prince Harry gave four-year-old Eliza Morris a hug after seeing her sign ‘Gingers Unite – I love you Harry’ on a walkabout today. He said, ‘I love this! Do you love your hair? The sign is amazing!’ Harry stopped as he and Meghan spent more than 45 minutes chatting to the crowds.

    Fans presented Meghan with bouquets of flowers, and she looked particularly delighted with the gift of handmade paper flowers from a young fan from the nearby Fun Train Day Nursery.  

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      Baby on board! Meghan, 37, revealed that she is six months pregnant with her first child expected in April as she chatted to well-wishers in the northwest town of Birkenhead during her and Prince Harry’s first joint engagement of the year

      Meghan this morning delighted fans with the news that she is just six months pregnant with her child expected in late April/ early May. The brief exchange was overheard as Meghan, glowing in a red wrap coat worn over a figure-hugging £107 purple dress from Babaton by Aritizia, met locals in Merseyside with her husband on Monday morning

      The couple spent almost an hour chatting to fans this morning. Meghan, 37, revealed that she is six months pregnant with her first child expected in April as she chatted to well-wishers in the northwest town of Birkenhead during her visit today

      The couple were presented with baby gifts as they chatted to young fans this morning. Royal fans had previously speculated that Baby Sussex could be expected as early as March due to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump

      Standing arm in arm, the Duke and Duchess undertook a royal walkabout amongst the large crowds, many of whom had been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. They were presented with gifts including flowers and cuddly toys

      Dad-to-be! Harry, 34, looked delighted after being presented with a large teddy bear as he chatted to crowds in Merseyside this morning. The cuddly toy is no doubt a gift for baby Sussex, who the couple are expecting this spring

      The expectant parents looked delighted with their new gift. Meghan’s £1,085 red coat, believed to be a new addition to her wardrobe, is from Canadian brand Sentaler and the duchess has worn the brown version previously in Sandringham

      The couple lark around with the crowds in Merseyside this morning. Fans handed Meghan bouquets of flowers, while she looked particularly delighted with the gift of handmade paper flowers from a young fan from the Fun Train Day Nursery

      The Duke and Duchess then travelled to Number 7, a Feeding Birkenhead citizen’s supermarket and community café, to official open the new premises in a surprise visit. 

      Feeding Birkenhead is a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in the Merseyside town. 

      The supermarket enables local families to buy their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and provides advice and advocacy on benefits, looking for work, debt, budgeting, and cooking. 

      Harry and Meghan met with a number of the supermarket’s staff and members, learning more about how Number 7 helps to build the community’s resilience against hunger. 

      Meghan, who is just weeks away from welcoming her first child, was glowing as she chatted to crowds in Merseyside on Monday morning. Many presented the pregnant duchess with bunches of flowers including tulips and carnations


      Meghan looked regal in red as she turned once again to a Canadian label for her coat. And in a return to her signature style, the Duchess ditched the sleek chignon she’s been sporting in recent weeks for a relaxed messy bun

      Meghan let slip her baby’s due date – around late April or early May – during her walkabout today. Royal fans had previously speculated that Baby Sussex could be expected as early as March due to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump

      The Duchess of Sussex was in high spirits as she met with locals today. Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Harry this spring, is continuing to keep a busy schedule packed with royal engagements as she nears her due date

      The couple received a warm welcome in Merseyside this morning and spent 45 minutes chatting to crowds. Later they will visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances

      The couple chat to young fans, many of whom were waving flags. Fans handed Meghan bouquets of flowers, while she looked particularly delighted with the gift of handmade paper flowers from a young fan from the nearby Fun Train Day Nursery

      Popular: The Duke and Duchess undertook a royal walkabout amongst the large crowds, many of whom had been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple – including one woman carrying a ‘gingers unite’ placard. Pictured: A female fan snaps a close-up shot of the prince during his walkabout this morning

      Meghan let slip her baby’s due date as she greeted well-wishers in Merseyside this morning. It comes as the couple continue to make renovations on their new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, ahead of the birth of their first child

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delighted fans today by revealing their due date. While Kensington Palace have not publicly revealed the due date, royal fans had previously speculated that Baby Sussex could be expected as early as March

      Members of the crowd wait for the arrival of Harry and Meghan outside the Town Hall in Birkenhead this morning. The couple viewed a new sculpture marking the 100th anniversary of the death of war poet Wilfred Owen after travelling from London

      Later they will visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances.

      Initially established in 2011 to support women upon their release from prison, it has since expanded and now offers a range of training courses and workshops for more than 6000 local women, including support groups around mental health issues, domestic abuse, and addiction.

      Harry and Meghan will speak to some of the women directly before visiting the onsite charity shop, café, and Inspiration Hall. Their last stop of the day will be the Hive Wirral Youth Zone. 

      Created by the charity OnSide Youth Zones, which is developing 21st century youth facilities across the UK, the Hive provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, building key skills and raising their aspirations and confidence. 

      The duke and duchess will meet members as they take part in activities and workshops throughout the centre, before unveiling a plaque to mark the visit.  

      Stop two: After unveiling a plaque and meeting crowds, the Duke and Duchess travelled to Number 7 (pictured), a Feeding Birkenhead citizen’s supermarket and community café, to official open the new premises in a surprise visit

       Meghan at Number 7 this morning where her and Harry chatted to staff. Feeding Birkenhead is a coalition of churches, food banks, community groups, and other organisations working together to eliminate hunger in the Merseyside town

      The Duke and Duchess explore the supermarket designed to tackle hunger in Birkenhead. The supermarket enables local families to buy their weekly shopping at a discounted price, and provides advice and advocacy on benefits, looking for work, debt, budgeting, and cooking

      VIP visitors: Harry and Meghan met with a number of the supermarket’s staff and members, learning more about how Number 7 helps to build the community’s resilience against hunger

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked fascinated as they learned more about the scupture. The statue, which is named after one of Owen’s works, Futility, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted First World War soldier


      During their first engagement of the day, Harry and Meghan unveiled a plaque commemorating the Wilfred Owen statue. Later they will visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances

      Meghan dazzled crowds with a vibrant colour block ensemble. She paired her coat with a £1,695 Gabriela Hearst leather ‘bowling’ bag and vertiginous red stilettos and, in a return to her signature style, the Duchess ditched the sleek chignon she’s been sporting in recent weeks for a relaxed ‘messy’ bun as she and Harry charmed the locals who had gathered to see them

      Meghan waves to crowds as her husband prepares to unveil the plaque commemorating their visit. Meghan was wearing a vibrant red wrap coat from Canadian brand Sentaler, paired with a figure-hugging purple dress with a side slit

      The couple unveil a plaque commemorating their visit. Their first stop was Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square to view a new sculpture that was erected in November to mark the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s death

      Harry and Meghan unveil a plaque to mark their visit. Their first stop was Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square to view a new sculpture that was erected in November to mark the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s death


      The couple observe the statue after unveiling the plaque in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead this morning. The statue, which is named after one of Owen’s works, Futility, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted First World War soldier

      Meghan clutches her growing baby bump. The couple, who are expecting their first baby in the spring, travelled to Merseyside from London to visit organisations that support and empower groups within the community


      It’s cold up north! Meghan wrapped up warm as she waved to onlookers on Monday morning during her visit to a new sculpture in Hamilton Square to mark the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen’s death, during a visit to Birkenhead

      Harry and Meghan are greeted as they arrive in Birkenhead. After unveiling a plaque to mark the visit, Harry and Meghan will meet local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, and played a part in the creation of the tribute

      Meghan was glowing as she cradled her bump during this morning’s visit to Hamilton Square in Birkenhead. Later they will visit Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, an organisation that supports women in vulnerable circumstances


      The couple take a short walk to meet with locals after unveiling the plaque. The WWI statue, which is named after one of Owen’s works, Futility, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted First World War soldier

      Harry and Meghan arrive in Hamilton Square to view the WWI tribute. The statue, which is named after one of war poet Wilfred Owen’s works, Futility, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted First World War soldier

      Meghan arrives to unveil the WWI statue. The Duke and Duchess will later undertake a royal walkabout amongst the expected crowds, many of whom had been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple


      The couple arrive in Hamilton Square this morning. After unveiling a plaque to mark their visit, Harry and Meghan met local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, which war poet Wilfred Owen belonged to, and played a part in the creation of the tribute

      Harry and Meghan arrive in Hamilton Square to unveil the WWI tribute. The statue, which is named after one of Owen’s works, Futility, is cast in bronze and represents an exhausted First World War soldier


      The couple are greeted by their hosts in Hamilton Square. After unveiling a plaque to mark the visit, Harry and Meghan will meet local veterans and members of the Birkenhead Institute Old Boys, which Owen belonged to, and played a part in the creation of the tribute

      The Duchess was in good spirits after arriving in Birkenhead. Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Harry this spring, is continuing to keep a busy schedule packed with royal engagements as she nears her due date

      Meghan cradles her belly after touching down in Birkenhead this morning. While Kensington Palace have not commented, fans had speculated that Baby Sussex could be expected as early as March due to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Hamilton Square this morning. Meghan, 37, today revealed that she is six months pregnant with her first child expected in April as she chatted to well-wishers in the northwest town of Birkenhead

      The couple leave Hamilton Square hand in hand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will experience four ‘good news stories’ in the Wirral town after accepting an invitation from local MP Frank Field, according to the Liverpool Echo 

      Meghan is all smiles as she departs Hamilton Square this morning. During her and Prince Harry’s first joint engagement of the year, the duchess revealed the couple don’t know whether they’re having a boy or a girl, as they want it to be a ‘surprise’

      The couple will experience four ‘good news stories’ in the Wirral town after accepting an invitation from local MP Frank Field, according to the Liverpool Echo.

      Mr Field, who has served Birkenhead since 1979, wrote to the couple himself and said he was ‘absolutely thrilled’ when they accepted his offer.

      He told the newspaper: ‘Although there are hundreds of projects I’d like the royal couple to see, the groups they will be meeting next week are characteristic of so much of the good work going on in Birkenhead.

      ‘They will be seeing a stunning World War I memorial that sets new standards for sculpture. They will also launch new projects that are at the cutting edge of fighting poverty, draw even greater attention to the inspirational work being done by Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, and witness the impact The Hive is having on the lives of so many young people in Wirral.’

      Mr Field said the visit to Tomorrow’s Women will be of great interest to Meghan in particular with her focus on women’s issues and countering modern slavery.

      He added: ‘She will be talking to women there on these issues as well as how they successfully make the transition back from prison to society.’ 

      Royal recycling! Meghan’s £1,085 red coat, believed to be a new addition to her wardrobe, is from Canadian brand Sentaler and she has worn the brown version previously on Christmas Day in Sandringham, Norfolk in 2017


      Meghan cradles her bump after touching down in Hamilton Square. The couple will experience four ‘good news stories’ in the Wirral town after accepting an invitation from local MP Frank Field, according to the Liverpool Echo 

      Meghan arrives at Hamilton Square, Merseyside. The couple, who are expecting their first baby in the spring, have travelled to Merseyside from London to visit organisations that support and empower groups within the community

      The Duchess is seen tenderly cradling her baby bump. Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Harry this spring, is continuing to keep a busy schedule packed with royal engagements as she nears her due date

      Wellwishers wait for the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Hamilton Square on the first stop of their visit to Birkenhead today. Many had been queuing for hours to catch a glimpse of the royal couple, and were waving Union flags

      Mr Field said the projects were chosen by the couple and for their proximity to one another. That means they can spend more time meeting people from Birkenhead rather than travelling longer distances between engagements, the Echo reported.

      The MP praised the royal family for showing interest in ‘bodies that fill gaps that the state cannot and doesn’t reach’, and ‘making sure money is raised so that those bodies have viable budgets’.

      Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting her first child with Harry this spring, is continuing to keep a busy schedule packed with royal engagements as she nears her due date.

      The mother-to-be stepped out in London last week and the couple will also make an appearance on Wednesday to watch Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of a fundraising campaign for Harry’s charity Sentebale.

      It comes as the couple continue to make renovations on their new home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, ahead of the birth of their first child.

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