5 Signs Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Make Amazing Parents
The internet practically broke with the announcement that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child.
Kensington Palace announced today that Meghan Markle is pregnant with her first child with husband Prince Harry, and the news may as well have broken the internet.
“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The announcement comes just five months after the Duchess of Sussex married the younger of Princess Diana and Prince Charles' sons on May 19, 2018.
While the news of the pregnancy may have just come out, it's not a total surprise as both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have referenced starting a family before. As PEOPLE notes, the royal pair has fielded questions about their family planning in several interviews since announcing their relationship.
“Of course, one step at a time and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” Prince Harry said in the couple's first joint interview post announcing their engagement. Babies were in Meghan's plans long before she went on a blind date with Prince Harry in July 2016–she divulged in 2015 that she had her new Cartier watch ($5,965; netaporter.com) engraved with plans to gift the heirloom to her future daughter.
With parenting most likely on their minds now more than ever, Meghan and Harry have actually already demonstrated their nurturing and loving sides to the public on numerous occasions. Here are five signs the two will make great parents.
1. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pay special attention to their younger fans during public appearances.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't reserved when it comes to their affection for kids. Both have been spotted going out of their ways to greet their young fans, taking the time to connect with the kids in special moments.
2. The two frequently hold hands, which is a break from the more typical behavior of other royal couples like Prince William and Kate Middleton.
As PEOPLE notes, royal protocol, while more of an unspoken rule, has been to avoid PDA–but Meghan and Harry don't subscribe to this relationship norm.
From their first public appearance as a couple last year at the Invictus Games to touching down in Sydney this morning for their 16-day tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand, Meghan and Harry have held hands, shared coy smiles, and shown their love with many small–but meaninful–gestures in public.
According to body language experts, hand-holding and the couple's other public displays of affection suggest unity and support. If Harry and Meghan aren't shy about showing off their own love, they probably won't hold back showering their future child (or children) with the same level of love, support, and respect.
3. Prince Harry wants to make his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, proud in both his professional and personal choices.
In a 2016 interview with Good Morning America, Prince Harry expressed how his mother's legacy shapes his decisions.
"I hope she's looking down, you know, with tears in her eyes, being incredibly proud of what we've established, I suppose," Harry said. "I'm sure she's longing for me to have kids so she can be a grandmother again."
"I hope that everything we do privately and officially, that it makes her proud," the prince added. Princess Diana was another royal who strayed from the royal tradition of PDA, often lovingly embracing her children in public.
Prince Harry also opened up in an interview with The Telegraph about struggling with his emotions after his mother died, saying now he wants to help others with mental health issues and displaying an openness to listen to the problems of his loved ones. He said, "What we are trying to do is normalize the conversation to the point where anyone can sit down and have a coffee and just go ‘You know what, I’ve had a really s--- day, can I just tell about it? Because then you walk away and it’s done." This outlook definitely suggests he'll be a good and empathetic listener to his future kids.
4. Meghan, too, has a strong role model in her mom, Doria Ragland.
While recent stories about Meghan's father, Tom Markle, have been veering toward controversy, the Duchess has a close and loving relationship with her mom. In her old blog, The Tig, Markle revealed her mom calls her Flower, and encourages the characteristics that have made Markle the strong, independent woman she is: "opinionated, driven, and with a deep desire to affect change. 'It’s just who you are,' [my mother] says. (And yes, she calls me, 'Flower.')"
In an interview with Glamour from August 2017, Markle listed out the 10 women who have changed her life, and included her mom in the list of feminist icons, musicians, and celebrities.
She explained, "My mom's a yoga instructor, but she does social work, as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community. For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mom has always been a free spirit. She's got dread locks and a nose ring. She just ran the LA Marathon. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I'll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend."
5. Both Meghan and Harry are already trusted godparents.
In an interview on The Telegraph‘s Mad World podcast, Harry revealed he's the godfather to five or six of his friends' kids. When asked if he's a good godfather, he said, “I think the key to that is to be able to grow up, but also be able to stay in touch with your childhood side.”
Meghan is the godmother to two of her friend's daughters, Remi and Ryan Litt, who were included in the royal wedding. Most of Meghan and Harry's bridesmaids and page boys, in fact, were the children of their closest friends, again highlighting the importance the couple places on strong relationships and family bonds.