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The two clues Duke and Duchess of Sussex were about to announce pregnancy

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled fans on Monday morning by announcing they’re expecting their first baby.

But royal watchers had called the baby announcement days earlier, following the couple’s appearance at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.

And the rumours intensified again on Monday morning when Meghan arrived in Sydney clutching two purple folders in front of her stomach.

The Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor
Meghan’s choice of coat at Eugenie’s wedding had Twitter speculating she was pregnant (Credit: Splashnews)

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Viewers immediately suspected Meghan, 37, was pregnant by her choice of clothing at Eugenie’s big day.

She wore a loose-fitting navy Givenchy coat to the nuptials, which she kept on throughout the ceremony despite it being a mild temperature day.

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The royal also slipped into the chapel at speed after arriving by car; royal experts on the day suggested she didn’t want to upstage the bride, but perhaps it was because she didn’t want to showcase a baby bump on Eugenie’s big day?

Then, after Meghan and Harry arrived in Sydney to start their overseas tour on Monday, many speculated that Meghan was holding purple files in front of her stomach to hide a bump.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Sydney airport ahead of their Royal Tour of Australia.
Meghan sent the rumour mill swirling by concealing her stomach with purple files on arrival in Sydney on Monday (Credit: Media-Mode / SplashNews.com)

Fans called it on Twitter, predicting a baby announcement was on the way.

Kensington Palace confirmed Meghan and Harry’s baby news in a statement on Monday morning.

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.”

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 and Harry were congratulated on their baby news by members of the Royal Family at Eugenie’s wedding (Credit: Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It’s believed Meghan and Harry shared their baby news with the Royal Family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.

A palace rep said: “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.”

The baby will be seventh in line to the throne.

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The Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor
Meghan reportedly told the royal family at Eugenie’s wedding on Friday (Credit: Splash)

The confirmation came as she and Harry arrived in Sydney, Australia to start their first overseas tour as a married couple.

They will also visit New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji, with palace officials saying they had sought medical advice on their travel plans and would continue as they had planned despite the presence of Zika in Tonga and Fiji.

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