Well, it’s official, and we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Meghan’s baby bump in the coming months, say Katie Wright and Sam Wylie-Harris.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child in spring next year, Kensington Palace has announced.

"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," said a statement.

The news was revealed as the couple arrived in Sydney for their first overseas tour together, a 16-day trip to Australia and New Zealand.

The Queen and members of the Royal family are "delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person," it was revealed, referring to Princess Eugenie’s nuptials.

But you know who else will be delighted? The maternity brands and designer labels hoping to grab the headlines when Meghan makes her baby bump public.

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex arrive in Sydney (Australian Pool via APPA)
Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex arrive in Sydney (Australian Pool via AP/PA)

Will it be bespoke Givenchy for every occasion? Will she wear heels? Will she work the messy bun look? And with all eyes peeled for even the tiniest hint of a bump, will she break the royal mould and step out in denim, or embrace the current trend for leather dresses?

Focus on the newlywed’s fashion has been fevered ever since the couple started dating and now it’s sure to ramp up.

The Duchess of Cambridge was named the biggest royal style influencer earlier this year by eBay, in large part down to what she wore while pregnant with Prince Louis, so 2019 could be the year for Meghan.

Kate Middleton and family
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children

Now a mother of three, Kate has mastered maternity dressing, and she’s not the only member of the Royal family who could teach Meghan a thing or two about staying stylish over the next nine months.

Here, we look at five maternity fashion lessons Meghan can learn from other glamorous royals…

1. It’s all about coats
With three children all born in spring or summer, the Kate’s always been pregnant during winter and now Meghan will be as well, so she’d do well to stock up on Kate’s maternity must-have: Coats.

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a Seraphine coat at the Rugby Portobello Trust community centre in North Kensington, London (Victoria JonesPA)
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a Seraphine coat (Victoria Jones/PA)

Knee-length wool or tweed coats with an empire waist are Kate’s favourites, and as well designer styles from the likes of Catherine Walker and Dolce and Gabbana, she has also been pictured wearing high street brands like Boden and Seraphine.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Observance at Westminster Abbey, London (John StillwellPA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Commonwealth Observance (John Stillwell/PA)

Going back to the Eighties, Princess Anne knew the power of a fabulous overcoat too, choosing cape and swing styles while she was heavily pregnant with daughter Zara Tindall.

Princess Anne, pregnant her second child in 1981 (PA)
Princess Anne, pregnant her second child in 1981 (PA)

2. Don’t be afraid to go glam
One of the Duchess of Cambridge’s best ever evening looks came earlier this year when she was seven months pregnant with Prince Louis. She wore a stunning blush pink custom made Alexander McQueen gown with cape overlay at a state dinner in Norway in February.

The Duchess of Cambridge is escorted into dinner by King Harald V of Norway at the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway at the end of the third day of her tour of Scandinavia (Chris JacksonPA)
The Duchess of Cambridge is escorted into dinner by King Harald V of Norway at the Royal Palace, Oslo, Norway at the end of the third day of her tour of Scandinavia (Chris Jackson/PA)

Rather than tone down her red carpet style while pregnant, Kate continues to go uber-glam, showcasing some truly gorgeous gowns.

The Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London (Chris JacksonPA)
The Duchess of Cambridge attending the BAFTAs (Chris JacksonPA)

3. Embrace bright colours
We know Meghan loves neutral colours – bottle green and burgundy are about as bright as it gets for the mum-to-be.

But , you never know, she may just follow in the footsteps of Kate, Zara and even her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, with an array of colourful ensembles during her pregnancy?

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Arthur Edwards/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Arthur Edwards/PA)
Zara Tindall during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival (Steve PastonPA)
Zara Tindall during Ladies Day of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival (Steve Paston/PA)
Princess Diana meets staff at Sony's new factory at Bridgend, Wales, 1982 (Ron BellPA)
Princess Diana meets staff at Sony’s new factory at Bridgend, Wales, 1982 (Ron Bell/PA)

4. Keep it classic for the big reveal
For each of the appearances on the steps of the Lindo Wing to introduce her latest bundle of joy to the world, the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen a simple bespoke frock by Jenny Packham in a primary colour.

Kate knows that photos from the day will go far and wide, so she has a fail-safe formula and sticks to it. Meghan could benefit from doing the same – we predict she’ll choose Givenchy, her go-to designer for high profile occasions, for her own big reveal.

5. Who needs flats?
Many mums-to-be would (quite rightly) forgo high heels for as long as possible, or at least scale down to a kitten heel. Not the royals though.

The Duchess of Cambridge at Ocean Terminal in Southampton (Chris JacksonPA)
The Duchess of Cambridge at Ocean Terminal in Southampton (Chris JacksonPA)

For public appearances throughout her three pregnancies, Kate has worn her signature heels, occasionally swapping for wedges in summer, while Zara strode into Meghan and Harry’s wedding in May all smiles in a pair of impressively high stilettos. 

MIke Tindall and Zara Tindall arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Gareth FullerPA)
MIke Tindall and Zara Tindall arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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