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The Latest: Australia, US congratulate Harry and Meghan

Australia and the United States have congratulated Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, after it was announced that the royal couple is expecting their first child

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 15, 2018 15:15 IST ]
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SYDNEY (AP) — The Latest on Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, who are expecting a child in the spring (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

Australia and the United States have congratulated Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, after it was announced that the royal couple is expecting their first child.

Kensington Palace made the announcement Monday, hours after Harry and Meghan arrived in Sydney for a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who will climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge this week with Harry, tweeted: "What fantastic news! Australia is thrilled for you both. Looking forward to sharing in the joy during your stay down under."

President Donald Trump's representative in Britain, U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson, tweeted: "Happy news to wake up to on a Monday morning - congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!!"

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6:50 p.m.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have arrived in Sydney a day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

The trip is their only international tour since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in May, apart from a two-day visit to Ireland.

The prince and the American former actress landed on an overcast Monday morning after a commercial flight from London with a brief stopover in Singapore.

They have 76 engagements across 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney which start on Saturday.

The sporting event founded by Harry in 2014 gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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