Since returning from her hectic royal tour of Australia, Meghan Markle has been laying relatively low. Aside from a couple of public appearances (she visited the Hubb charity kitchen she's been working with, as well as the Royal Variety Performance with Prince Harry) the Duchess of Sussex is probably taking all the time she can get to rest during her pregnancy.
But on Tuesday night this week (4 December), Meghan attended a charity carol concert along with husband Harry - and the pictures have got people speculating over when the couple's first baby is actually due.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were photographed leaving The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund's Christmas Carol Service at St Luke's Church in London, and the most striking thing about the pictures is that Meghan's bump appears to have seriously popped.
Meghan has been photographed quite a lot since she announced her pregnancy at the start of the royal tour back in October, and her bump has (shockingly!) been gradually growing. But the sudden emergence of an obvious baby bump has triggered suggestions that she may be due far earlier than anticipated.
When Kensington Palace announced Meghan and Harry's happy news, they said the royal baby was due in "spring 2019", which is obviously very vague. Just a year previously, when announcing Kate Middleton's pregnancy with Prince Louis, they said exactly the same thing.
Louis went on to be born on April 23, which led most people to believe Meghan's baby would also probably be due around mid-to-late April. But by the looks of her bump, people are saying it could potentially be up to six weeks earlier than that, in mid-to-early March.
Cute baby bump alert! #meghan #duchessofsussex looks like she’s popped! All KP have ever said is that she’s due in the ‘spring’. By the looks of things March or early April. H&M here leaving a charity carol concert in Chelsea for the Henry van Straubenzee fund, where both spoke. pic.twitter.com/91YX1cEWm3- Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) December 4, 2018
If Meghan does give birth in mid-March, that would make her almost six months pregnant - and would mean the baby is currently the size of an aubergine, which is kind of cute.
A March due date would mean, however, that we were all completely off the mark when we speculated that the stacking rings Meghan wore in Australia were a secret indication of her baby's birth month.
The piece of jewellery comprised of three separate rings; one with a blue sapphire on it, the middle one with a diamond, and the third with an emerald. Eagle-eyed fans pointed out that the sapphire could correspond with Harry's September birthday, and the emerald could signify Meghan's August birthday - so the diamond must reflect an April due date, right?
But, well, who knows now?
The carol concert Meghan and Harry attended was in aid of The Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, set up in memory of a close friend of Prince Harry's who died in a car crash aged just 18. The van Straubenzee family has remained close to the royals, with Meghan and Harry attending Charlie van Straubenzee's wedding to Daisy Jenks in August this year. Another of the brothers, Thomas van Straubenzee, is also one of Princess Charlotte's godfathers.
The Sunday Times royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah, who was in attendance at the carol concert, revealed that the Duchess of Sussex was given a reading to do at the service.
Great to see the Duchess of Sussex support the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund charity with a reading at this evening’s carol service. Meghan & Harry attended together, William & Harry are joint patrons of the amazing charity which supports children’s education in Uganda. pic.twitter.com/dm2ZoaCwm4- Roya Nikkhah (@RoyaNikkhah) December 4, 2018
Prince Harry, meanwhile, read out an appeal on behalf of the charity, which donates funds to those who are poverty-stricken in Uganda.
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