Pregnant Meghan Markle gushed about Prince Harry’s parenting skills as she chatted to well-wishers yesterday telling them: ‘He’s going to be fantastic father.’
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her first child in April, met locals in Birkenhead , Wirral during the couple’s first joint engagement of the year.
During a walkabout with royal fans she revealed she is six months pregnant and they don’t know whether they’re having a boy or girl, as they want it to be a surprise.
Rebecca Blundell, who lives in Birkenhead with daughter Lily, six, and Lottie, two, was one of the lucky ones that got to speak to the couple.
Rebecca Blundell, who lives in Birkenhead with daughter Lily, six, and Lottie, two, was one of the lucky ones that got to speak to the couple and took these photographs of their encounter
Ms Blundell told how Harry asked how to spell Lily’s name.
She added: ‘Meghan came straight up after and said that he’s going to be a fantastic dad.’
She added: ‘I also asked Meghan if she was excited about the new arrival which she replied she was thrilled.’
Kim Thompson, another local woman, said: ‘She said she is six months pregnant and due at the end of April, beginning of May.
‘Another woman in the crowd joked that she was a trained midwife. Meghan said that one of her friends had [given birth] five weeks early and [the midwife] said the baby comes when they are ready.
Harry, pictured during by Ms Blundell during a walkabout in Hamilton Square, travelled to Merseyside with Meghan yesterday morning to visit organisations that support and empower groups within the community
The couple were presented with baby gifts as they chatted to young fans yesterday morning. Royal fans had previously speculated that Baby Sussex could be expected as early as March due to Meghan’s blossoming baby bump
‘I said, as long as they are healthy, and Meghan agreed. Then she said, pointing to Harry, ‘He’s going to make a fantastic father’.’
Harry and Meghan travelled to Merseyside from London yesterday 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.
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 couple take a short walk to meet with locals after unveiling a plaque.
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 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.
The Duchess also chatted to a hypnobirthing teacher, Sonia Richards, who was in the crowd with her mother Marion Mazumder.
Sonia, who runs Wirral Hypno, said: ‘I told her I teach hypnobirthing and she said, ‘It’s such a special thing that you are doing’. She looked radiant, she looked really well and I just wished her a wonderful birth.’
Marion added: ‘I said I am looking forward to the baby coming and she said, ‘So are we.”
The Duchess of Sussex ditched the sleek chignon she’s been sporting in recent weeks for a classic messy bun as she arrived in Merseyside on Monday morning for a day of engagements
The couple also knelt down when meeting a group of blind children, allowing them to feel their faces.
The royal couple were also given a babygro bearing the words ‘Born in 2019’ by eight year old Harry Edwards and Megan O’Carroll, of St Werburgh’s.
The schoolchildren were among 16 pupils whose names were pulled out of a hat by teachers to attend the walkabout in Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square.
The Duchess also spotted a handmade sign by Lewis Avis-Taylor, nine, from Park Primary School in Wallasey, which read: ‘Welcome Harry and Meghan’.
Megan Redford, seven, quizzed the Duchess on baby names saying: ‘She asked me if I was called Meg or Meghan because she said her friends call her Meg and mine do as well.
Meghan delighted fans with the news that she is just six months pregnant with her child expected in late April/ early May
Meghan clutches bunches of flowers she was handed by well-wishers who came out to see the royal couple visiting Birkenhead yesterday
‘I asked her whether she would call her baby Amy if she has a girl and she said ‘That’s a really pretty name, I like it, we’ll have to think about it’.
The former actress could be seen frequently holding her growing baby bump, which could clearly be seen protruding from her purple Babaton by Aritizia dress and Sentaler coat.
Meghan said she was ‘feeling really well’ and thanked locals including 92-year-old Dorothy Parker from Hoylake for waiting in the cold to see her.
Dorothy said: ‘I thanked Meghan for coming to see us and asked her how she was feeling. She told me she was feeling really well and said the best part of her day was meeting me. She’s such a lovely woman and so beautiful I’m delighted I got to meet her.’
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.
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.
Their last stop of the day was 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.
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.