Prince Harry may have previously said he didn’t mind whether his wife, Meghan Markle, gives birth to a baby girl or a boy, but it turns out the Duke of Sussex does have a preference.
The 34-year-old prince and his 37-year-old former actress wife, the Duchess of Sussex, announced last week while on their royal tour of Australia, that they are expecting their first child together.
And on Sunday, in the midst of a cycling race in the city, Prince Harry let slip what gender he hopes his baby will be.
“Congratulations, I hope it’s a girl,” a well-wisher is reported to have called out to the Duke, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Duke then reportedly responded by saying: “So do I!”.
His response comes just days after he gave a speech on the couple’s first day of their royal tour, where he gushed about his wife’s pregnancy.
“It is great to be back in Australia, and especially even more so this is my wife’s first visit here, so I am very excited to show her this incredible country of yours,” Harry said in a speech at Admiralty House on Tuesday.
“We also genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl.”
The Duke and Duchess are currently enjoying a royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga.
However, the Duchess has been forced to withdraw from some of her planned engagements due to tiredness.
It’s being reported that the Duchess is tired from the hectic tour schedule, which will see the couple attend 76 engagements over 16 days.
The 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex was scheduled to appear at Fraser Island today with her 34-year-old husband, Prince Harry.
However, the Duke of Sussex will now carry out the royal visits on his own, after revealing on Sunday that his wife was missing from the Invictus Games cycling event because ‘being pregnant takes its toll’.
Meanwhile, Thomas Markle – the Duchess’ father – has revealed he was ‘filled with love, joy, and happiness’ following the royals’ baby announcement.
The 74-year-old admitted he feels ‘proud’ that he’s set to become a grandfather.
“I was sitting in line waiting to cross the border when I heard the baby announcement on the car radio,” the former lighting director told The Mail on Sunday.
“The first thing I thought about was holding Meghan in my arms as a newborn 37 years ago.
“I thought, ‘My baby is having a baby.’ It was a very proud moment. I was filled with love, joy and happiness for both my beautiful daughter and my son-in-law.
“A new baby is a blessing and I look forward to seeing a little Meghan or a little Harry.”
With extra reporting by Bang Showbiz
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