The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
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Duchess of Sussex reveals first hint of baby bump in Australia

She wore a $1,800 fitted dress by Australian designer Karen Gee

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been pictured for the first time since announcing they are expecting a baby in the spring.

The couple, who married in May, were beaming with happiness as they kicked off their first international tour as a married couple in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday.

All eyes are on Meghan (Credit: Splashnews)

All eyes were on Meghan, 37, and any signs of a baby bump.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
They kicked off their first international tour as a married couple in Sydney on Tuesday (Credit: Splash)

The duchess looked beautiful in a fitted $1,800 cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, who saw her website crash just moments after Meghan’s first appearance in the frock!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
Meghan and Harry said they were happy to announce their baby news in Australia (Credit: Splashnews)

According to BBC News, Harry said: “Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome and the chance to meet so many Aussies from all walks of life.

“We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, boy or girl.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
Meghan was thrilled to receive her first baby toy! (Credit: Splashnews)

Meghan, meanwhile, told well-wishers the couple were “so excited” to become parents, and was thrilled to be presented with a cuddly kangaroo toy, which she said was their first baby gift.

It was a busy first day on tour for Meghan and Harry, 34, who kicked things off at Admiralty House, the official Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, where they met representatives from each of the 18 countries who will compete in Harry’s Invictus Games 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
The couple met koalas that had been named after them (Credit: Splashnews)

They also visited Taronga Zoo to open the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning as well as meeting two koalas named after them – which seemed to be a highlight of the day for a beaming Meghan!

A boat across Sydney Harbour to Sydney Opera House followed, where they watched a rehearsal of Spirit 2018 by the Bangarra Dance Theatre and met members of the public.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
They did a walkabout at the Opera House (Credit: Splashnews)

Their day concluded with a reception at Admiralty House where they mingled with locals from a wide range of sectors such as charity, business, industry, arts, sport and entertainment.

Meghan and Harry’s tour will see them travel extensively across Australia and also take in visits to New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
Meghan pictured at Admiralty House in Sydney on Tuesday (Credit: Splashnews)

Kensington Palace has confirmed no changes to the planned itinerary have been made despite Fiji and Tonga being listed as countries that pose a risk of Zika transmission; Zika is a virus that can cause birth defects.

The palace said medical advice had been taken ahead of the trip.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Visit Australia - Day 1
The couple attended a welcome reception at Admiralty House hosted by The Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and and Lady Cosgrove (Credit: Splashnews)

The couple’s pregnancy was announced on Monday morning, just hours after they touched down in Australia.

A spokesperson said: “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.

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

Speculation that Meghan was pregnant began swirling on Friday when she attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank wearing a loose fitting coat.

The new royal was seen slipping quickly into the chapel alongside her husband and didn’t remove her coat throughout the wedding ceremony.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan pictured at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday (Credit: Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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A spokesperson added: “The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person.”

Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, has also said she is “very happy” about the news.

The baby will be seventh in line to the throne.

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