The couple shared a touching moment during their royal wedding that hinted at the future family plans they had.
With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child due to arrive next month, lets see how this started and how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might have hinted at a family from the very beginning.
During the ceremony on their big wedding day, when the Dean of Windsor spoke of marriage, he said it is the “foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured”, at which moment Prince Harry looked lovingly at his bride and smiled.
At that point we might have figured out what kind of plans the royal couple would have when it came to children.
In past interviews Meghan has said that motherhood has always been on her “bucket list”, while Harry has always talked about how he would love to have children. So it came as no surprise that only a few months after the royal wedding Kensington Palace made an announcement that the Duchess was expecting.
The topic has also been discussed by the couple during their engagement interview. “You know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we’ll start a family in the near future,” Harry said.
During the preparations for the royal wedding, Meghan also hinted at beginning her own family. Two months before the big day, Meghan was on a trip to Belfast, where she was shown an innovative range for newborns: “I’m sure at some point we’ll need the whole (lot).”
It was in an interview in 2016, that she said becoming a mother was on her “bucket list”.
“I can’t wait to start a family, but in due time,” she said then.
Before he even met Meghan, in 2015 Prince Harry talked about how seeing his brother’s family grow had made him broody.
“Of course I would love to have kids right now but there’s a process that one has to go through…” he said at the time.
“Hopefully I’m doing all right by myself. It would be great to have someone else next to me to share the pressure, but you know, time will come and whatever happens, happens.”
It will be great for Harry to finally have his own children, as he has been surrounded by them in the past.
He is already godfather to five or six of his friends’ children, and also more recently to Zara and Mike Tindall’s youngest daughter Lena.
“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,” Harry added of being good at the role.
The Duke has is known to be able to handle children, being the cool Uncle they look up to. Meghan is also pretty great with kids, regularly impressing onlookers with her affectionate nature when meeting children on royal engagements.
During a walkabout in New Zealand, a two-year-old Catalina Rivera crept through the railings and ran to Harry and Meghan in Rotorua, New Zealand, and in turn she was rewarded with a hug from the duchess.
The former actress, who shot to fame playing paralegal Rachel Zane in the US drama Suits, already has two “fairy god-daughters”.
In an Instagram post, the pre-duchess Meghan described the children of her close friend Benita Litt as such in a 2016 post on her since deleted, and the girls – Remi and Rylan – were among her bridesmaids at her wedding.
During a visit to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace the-then US president had a chance to hang out with Prince George and his uncle.
Mrs Obama said about Harry: “I have to say the most precious thing if you haven’t already fallen in love with him, is to see him with his nephew.”
Meghan has given Harry the best endorsement, telling a well-wisher during a royal visit to Merseyside in January he will make “a fantastic father”.