British royal couple visit Australia

Breaking news: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child

USA actress Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry are expecting their first child, the royal family announced Monday.

This royal couple are on a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga that had already been keenly watched but is now set to be a media frenzy that may test Australia's large contingent of royal-sceptic republicans.

Afterwards, they'll do a walkabout on the forecourt to meet eager royal fans, including 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne who has met Harry during his previous visits.

Prince Harry and Meghan walk on the lawns at Admiralty House in Sydney.

News of Meghan Markle's pregnancy has only just broken, but Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove wasted no time in being the first to present the parents-to-be with gifts for the Royal baby.

"He said he liked her hair and that he had told Meghan all about meeting her and he couldn't wait to introduce his wife to Daphne at the Invictus Games", Daphne's daughter Michelle Dunne said.

Karen Gee told The Sydney Morning Herald she was "so proud, particularly because I am not a world recognised brand".

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She kissed both the Duke and Duchess and gave them cards and flowers as gifts.

Meghan said the koalas were "so, so sweet", while Harry reached to pet one of the animals and asked about their diet and sleeping habits.

Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, said she is "very happy about this lovely news" and "looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild".

Ms Gee, who is based in Sydney, said it was a "wonderful surprise" to see Meghan in one of her designs - although had been aware it could happen after submitting several pieces for consideration. "I climbed up that pole there to get a better view". "And soon have a bubba", she said.

The royal couple began their official tour of Australia with a ferry ride across the harbour to greet cheering crowds packed in front of the Opera House, which was opened by Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, 45 years ago.

Nearly 30 years ago, Pauline's own mother brought her to the Opera House to see Princess Diana when she toured the country.

Rumors had been circulating for weeks, and British media say they broke the news to Harry's family during his cousins' wedding last week. The games founded by Harry are an worldwide paralympic-style event for military personnel wounded in action.

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