Prince Harry cancels Amsterdam trip as the world awaits arrival of Baby Sussex

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The Duke of Sussex has cancelled part of his trip to the Netherlands just two days after it was announced, as the world awaits the arrival of Baby Sussex.

The Duke, who had been scheduled to visit Amsterdam and The Hague next week, will stay in England in the coming days, amid "logistical challenges" surrounding arrangements for the trip.

Despite announcing the visit just 48 hours ago, Buckingham Palace have now cancelled the first day of the two-day trip in an announcement which left observers wondering what was happening behind palace walls.

The decision will allow the Duke to remain at home with his wife a little longer while she is either significantly overdue or enjoying her first few days with their newborn baby.

It is also likely to be interpreted as a sign of respect for the work of his father, the Prince of Wales, who will be undertaking a major diplomatic visit to Germany from May 7th to 10th.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting their first child any day now Credit: PA

The trip will see the Prince meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and express the bonds of friendship between the two countries as Brexit negotiations continue.

The gravity of the visit, undertaken at the request of the Foreign Office, was seen by some as at risk of being overshadowed by the Duke making a high-profile trip elsewhere at such a critical moment for Sussex family life. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also undertaking a day of work in Anglesey on the 8th, in a week of significant diary clashes among senior members of the Royal Household.

Prince Harry will now instead travel only to The Hague on the 9th to launch the Invictus Games.

A spokesman for the Sussexes said: "Due to the logistical planning for the travelling press to cover visits and engagements by The Royal Family, we have taken the decision to postpone The Duke of Sussex’s scheduled visit to Amsterdam on Wednesday 8th May 2019 .

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"The Duke is currently scheduled to travel to The Hague  on Thursday 9th May for the launch of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 as planned."

Just two days ago, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry planned to travel to the Netherlands on the 8th and 9th of May, leaving royal-watchers wondering what the decision meant for the imminent arrival of his baby.

The Duchess is now thought to be overdue, with international media and fans arriving in Windsor to celebrate an imminent birth.

Scores of American television network staff are already stationed and broadcasting from outside the castle, dutifully relaying the fact that “nothing is happening” to their breakfast show audiences.

Prince Charles, William and Harry, pictured with Sir David Attenborough, will all be undertaking public work next week Credit: Samir Hussein

A small number of royalists, including a self-proclaimed town crier, are stationed in the public streets keen to tell all of their excitement about the new arrival, while social media users share updates - or lack of - under the hashtag #SussexStandby.

The Washington Post declared “the world awaits Baby Sussex”, while Le Parisien admitted: “Quand les Britanniques (et nous aussi, un peu) n'en peuvent plus d'attendre le #RoyalBaby.”

Others wondered "Megwhen?", as Buckingham Palace staunchly denied rumours that the Duchess has already given birth and is keeping it secret.