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Duke of Sussex tells of joy at pregnancy while Duchess promises to bring ‘little one’ back to Australia

Prince Harry greets people outside of Sydney's iconic Opera HouseThe Duke of Sussex has spoken of his joy at being able to announce news of the new royal baby in Australia, saying he could not think of a better place to tell the world. After a wet and windy start to their time Down Under, the sun was shining for the royal couple as they enjoyed the sights of Sydney on the first official day hmof their tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Much of the attention was on the Duchess after the couple revealed on Monday they were expecting their first baby. Sporting a cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, Ms Markle also wore a touching tribute to her late mother-in-law – a pair of jewel-encrusted butterflies which once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. She also wore a bracelet from the same collection, assumed to be a gift from Prince Harry in celebration of a new stage in their lives. The Duke, who seemed to hesitate as he spoke of the baby in public for the first time, faltered as he told a small reception of his delight “whether it’s a boy or girl”.  At an afternoon reception at Admiralty House in Sydney, hosted by the Governor General and his wife, the Duke delivered a short speech detailing how thrilled he was to return to Australia, and to introduce his wife to the country for the first time. “We genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, whether it’s a boy or a girl,” he said, looking at the Duchess with pride. “It is great to be back in Australia,” he said. “And especially even more so as this is my wife’s first visit here, so I’m very excited to show her this incredible country of yours, perhaps not Kangaroo Flats military training area in Darwin though!

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