MEGHAN MARKLE embarked on the third day of her 16-day, 72-engagement tour on Thursday, attending a series of events in the Australian metropolis of Melbourne, and the Duchess showed noticeable signs of her blossoming bump.
Kensington Palace announced the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy on Monday following much speculation, and thanked the public for the support they had shown Meghan since the Royal wedding in May.
In a statement released by the Palace, a spokesman said: “Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.
“Their Royal Highnesses very much appreciate 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 their happy news.”
Meghan donned a tight navy blue dress by Australian designer Dion Lee on Thursday, which showed off her growing bump.
The Duchess participated in a series of demonstrations with Australian-based charities throughout the day, including the ‘This Girl Can’ programme, which aims to get women engaged in sport.
Meghan got involved in a hands-on demonstration led by ambassadors of the organisation in the grounds of Government House, removing her camel trench coat and throwing an American football between other participants.
She also revealed her bump when racing electric cars alongside students from Trinity Grammar school, who were part of the F1 in Schools team.
The students had set up a miniature race track in the official dining room at Government House.
Meghan received a big shock when racing the toy car against Prince Harry, as the students had failed to inform her of a loud noise which is produced when the cars set off.
The Duchess shrieked and bent over in laughter after being caught unprepared for the loud bang.
Organisers were nevertheless cautious to protect Meghan, who is still only in the early stages of her pregnancy.
The newlywed was warned against eating certain foods during her visit to the Charcoal Lane restaurant in the Fitzroy area of the city, which helps assist young indigenous Australians into employment.
Referring to the Duchess’ pregnancy, executive chef Greg Hampton said: “I would hesitate to offer her the pepper, because they are quite hot.
“The first time I tasted one I thought I was having an allergic reaction because the heat creeps up on you.
“I don’t want to freak her out.”