Meghan and Harry are delighted to be expecting their first baby in the spring of 2019. So, why is Meghan considered to be having a geriatric pregnancy?
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their exciting news on Monday.
They embarked on a jam-packed two-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The royal couple were out for the first day of the tour on Tuesday, with Meghan showing hints of a baby bump in her dress.
But, what about the Geriatric Pregnancy?
While Meghan looks radiant with good health, her age technically classifies her as having a ‘geriatric pregnancy’. The term was used for women who are 35 and above.
Although, it is now considered very old-fashioned. Meghan Markle certainly isn’t alone in having her pregnancy later in her 30’s. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, 54% of the mothers in England and Wales are 30 and above.
And about one in five is 35 or older when she gives birth. In fact, Her Majesty herself had a ‘geriatric pregnancy’. She gave birth to Prince Edward at the age of 37, the same age Meghan will be when she delivers.
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Not to forget, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate also had a ‘geriatric pregnancy’, giving birth to Prince Louis at the age of 36.
What are Meghan and Harry doing in Australia?
The first major royal tour for the couple will encompass the four Commonwealth nations over two weeks.
Kensington Palace announced the trip will focus on youth leadership, and projects being undertaken by young people to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of the region.
The visit will also concentrate on environmental and conservation efforts. The whole trip will centre around the Invictus Games, to be held in Sydney.
Prince Harry was appointed Commonwealth youth ambassador in April and is eager to begin his work in his new role. Meghan, unlike Kate who waited a year before making a speech, will be speaking publicly more than once.
An aide said: “The Duchess of Sussex is indeed very confident and will be speaking several times throughout the programme. It’s her first tour. It’s all very new and quite daunting”.