The moment that British royal enthusiasts have been waiting for since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I Do” has finally come to pass: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby! Kensington Palace announced the news of Meghan’s pregnancy the morning of October 15, complete with an approximate due date of spring 2019.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are far from what many consider a traditional royal couple.
But now that Meghan is pregnant with the newest addition to the royal family (who will be seventh in line, according to the rules of succession), there will be lots of traditions to uphold.
And the first is that in British terms, one does not “get pregnant.” Rather, one “falls pregnant.”
So when you hear that Meghan has “fallen pregnant,” please don’t be alarmed. It’s perfectly good news.
The maternity wardrobe can't be too revealing
While you’ll likely see a lot of Meghan during the seven/eight months during which she’s publically pregnant, what you won’t see is a lot of skin.
While maternity fashions have become more body conscious in recent years, it’s virtually unheard of for an expectant royal to show cleavage—despite that larger breasts are as much a natural part of pregnancy as a swollen belly.
Perhaps Meghan needs to look towards Jackie Kennedy, whose signature looks will never go out of style.
Morning sickness is a public matter
Kate Middleton suffered terrible morning sickness in all three of her pregnancies.
It was so bad, in fact, that it had a clinical name: hyperemesis gravidarum, which the official royal website explained in a press release is “very acute morning sickness, which may require supplementary hydration, medication, and nutrients.”
If Meghan’s pregnancy proves difficult, as Kate’s pregnancies were, Meghan won’t be suffering alone.
The entire world will be suffering right along with her.