“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public,” the palace shared.
The palace added that Doria Ragland, Markle’s mother, “is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot on May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England.
Guests for the couple’s nuptials included a number of famous people, including George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and several of Markle’s co-stars from “Suits,” the USA network legal drama she starred on for seven seasons.
Markle’s parents, Doria Ragland and Thomas Markle, were among those who offered public congratulations to the couple.
Vanity Fair cover story, October 2017
Markle reflected on her relationship with her “boyfriend” during an interview with Vanity Fair.
“We’re a couple,” Markle confirmed to the magazine in an October 2017 cover profile, which was published online in September 2017. “We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time.”
Markle also revealed she and the prince met in London via friends in July 2016.
“We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception,” she said.
The actress insisted, however, she wasn’t any different.
“I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship,” she said at the time.
Toronto Invictus Games, September 2017
Markle sat a few rows from Prince Harry at the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto,The Telegraphreported. The couple was later spotted sitting next to one another at an Invictus Games event for wheelchair tennis — reportedly marking their first official appearance as a couple.
The Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style sports event for wounded veterans from around the world. Prince Harry, who served two tours in Afghanistan, founded the games in 2014.
Defending Markle, November 2016
Markle “has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment,” Kensington Palace said in a statement about Prince Harry’s “girlfriend.”
“Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments,” the palace added.
“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” Kensington Palace stated. “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm.”