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Meghan blooming during pregnancy as baby due date nears

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The duchess said she was feeling very pregnant just two months after the happy news was announced.

The Duchess of Sussex appears to have glided through her pregnancy with ease.

Whereas the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from severe morning sickness with all three of her pregnancies, Meghan was out and about in the early days.

Harry and Meghan in Australia
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet Ruby the koala at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, the day after the pregnancy was announced (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The busy 16-day trip to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga featured some 76 engagements.

Meghan is given a Maori greeting
Meghan receives a hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, at an official welcome ceremony at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

But she did pull out of an arranged meeting with Invictus Games competitors after a late night at the opening ceremony in Sydney on October 21 when the event overran by two hours.

Meghan and Harry at the Invictus Games
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Invictus Games Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A royal source said at the time that she was “not sick, just tired” and was keen to take part in everything.

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They added: “We have to try to pace her. We have to make sure she is well paced and not overdoing it.

“She had a very late night last night.

“She wants to do everything, but Prince Harry is encouraging her to pace herself.”

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Precautions were taken in Tonga because of the Zika virus, which can be contracted through mosquito bites.

Royal tour of Tonga
Meghan and Harry in Tonga (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

On a visit to the Royal Variety care home in Twickenham on December 18 to meet retired actors, directors and entertainers, Meghan revealed she was “feeling very pregnant”.

Meghan at the Royal Variety Charity care home
The duchess taking part in Christmas decoration making during a visit to the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home (Geoff Pugh/PA)

And in the Queen’s Christmas message, the monarch said of the baby that it was “expected soon”.

Harry, who dubbed the baby “our little bump”, and Meghan are set to raise their baby in Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, a decision which prompted rumours of a rift between Meghan and Kate.

Meghan and the royal family at Christmas Day church
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving for the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham (Joe Giddens/PA)

Kate told members of the public at Leicester University that she was looking forward to Harry and Meghan’s baby, saying: “It’s such a special time to have more kiddies”, and added that it would be lovely for her children to have a new cousin.

Meghan has been physically fit during her pregnancy, but there has been emotional heartache.

Her estranged father Thomas Markle, who missed his daughter’s wedding after ill health and being caught staging paparazzi photographs, gave interviews saying he was being “shunned” by Meghan, and that she had not spoken to him for months and was not replying to his daily text messages.

Unnamed close friends of Meghan eventually challenged the reports, telling the US magazine People: “He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super-painful.”

Five of her confidantes also spoke out in an effort to counter the “global bullying” directed at her.

Mr Markle denied the claims and went on to release a deeply personal letter his daughter wrote to him following her wedding.

With it growing increasingly unlikely the royal infant will meet his or her maternal grandfather, the baby boy or girl has already been embraced by one west London community as part of the family.

Cooks at a Hubb Community Kitchen, which Meghan visited as part of her support of the Grenfell cookbook, lovingly told the duchess her baby would be considered their “grandchild”.

Greeting members of the Hubb Community Kitchen
The duchess during her visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in London in November (Chris Jackson/PA)

In January, Meghan became patron of the National Theatre, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, animal welfare organisation Mayhew and Smart Works which provides high-quality interview clothes and training for unemployed women in need.

On a visit to Smart Works in north Kensington, London, she championed the power of women supporting each other, adding: “It’s not just about donating your clothes and seeing where they land – but really being part of each other’s success stories as women.”

Meghan at Smart Works
Meghan talks with Patsy Wardally during her visit to Smart Works (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA)
Royal visit to Birkenhead
Meghan, with Harry, cradles her bump on a day trip to Birkenhead (Aaron Chown/PA)
Royal visit to Birkenhead
Harry and Meghan officially open Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Princess Pavements, Pyramids Shopping Centre (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The duchess became known for cradling her bump frequently during public appearances.

There were outings to Meghan’s other new patronages, with the duchess cuddling Minnie the dog at Mayhew, and visiting the National Theatre and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Meghan at Mayhew
The duchess meets a Jack Russell called Minnie during a visit to Mayhew, an animal welfare charity she is now supporting (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Duchess of Sussex at the Association of Commonwealth Universities
The Duchess of Sussex speaks to Marshall Scholar Logan Brown during a visit to the Association of Commonwealth Universities in London (Yui Mok/PA)
The Sussexes at the Bristol Old Vic
Meghan and Harry greeting well-wishes in the snow outside the Bristol Old Vic theatre (Marc Giddings/The Sun/PA)
Meghan's banana messages
Messages written on fruit by the duchess when she was helping to prepare food parcels at One25 (Toby Melville/PA)
The Totem premiere
The duchess in sequins at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, in support of Sentebale (Paul Grover/Daily Telegraph/PA)

Harry joked “There’s a heavy baby in there” at a reception for the Endeavour Fund Awards when Meghan was seven months pregnant.

Celebrations ahead of the birth included a solo trip to New York City where the American former actress caught up with friends including stylist Jessica Mulroney, and attended an exclusive baby shower, with the private jet journey and penthouse suite, reportedly funded by friends, said to have cost some £300,000.

The heavily pregnant royal also carried out an official overseas tour in her third trimester, when she and Harry travelled to Morocco at the request of the British Government.

Meghan in Morocco
The Duchess of Sussex – with a henna design on her hand – talks to two girls during a visit to the Education For All boarding house in Asni Town, Atlas Mountains, Morocco (Tim Rooke/PA)

In early March, the duchess joined the Queen and other royals at a special reception in Buckingham Palace to mark 50 years since the Prince of Wales was invested with his title.

Fiftieth anniversary of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales
The Queen joined by Charles, and Kate, Camilla, William, Harry and Meghan at the palace reception (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Meghan at WE Day UK
Meghan was brought on stage by Harry at the WE Day UK event in Wembley (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Meghan on IWD
The Duchess of Sussex after a panel discussion convened by The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (Yui Mok/PA)

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 8, 2019

On Commonwealth Day on March 11, Meghan and Harry met young Canadians at Canada House, and were gifted a baby bodysuit and pair of tiny moccasins.

Harry and Meghan at Canada House
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the UK (Chris Jackson/PA)
Meghan and the royals on Commonwealth Day
Meghan chats to the Prince of Wales in Westminster Abbey (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)

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