Meghan Markle concealed her baby bump for weeks. Here's how she did it.

By Nicole Harris
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October 17, 2018

 

It’s official: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting!

Given that the Duchess of Sussex already had her 12-week scan, it’s likely she conceived in early- or mid-July. That’s three months of hiding her growing her baby bump. So how did she keep the secret? With loose-fitting clothes and strategically-placed props!

While pregnancy speculation began after Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, rumors picked up force in early September. She wore a blue Jason Wu dress to the 100 Days to Peace Gala in London. Oversized ruffles managed to conceal her midsection.

In the following days, Meghan continued wearing baggier clothes instead of her usual form-fitting attire. For example, she donned a roomy blue coat by Smythe while celebrating the launch of Together: Our Community Cookbook on September 20.

But perhaps the biggest hint of Meghan’s pregnancy happened this past weekend, at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. The Duchess wore an oversized navy coat by Givenchy, which she didn’t take off inside the church. Many fans speculated she was hiding her bump underneath the extra fabric.

People were also quick to notice that, merely hours before the Kensington Palace announced the pregnancy on Monday, Meghan covered her stomach with two large folders. This happened in Australia, where she's currently touring with Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess will also visit New Zealand, Tonga, and Figi in the coming days.

The royal baby, who will be seventh in line for the throne, will join cousins George, Charlotte, and Louis – the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are “delighted” by the news. Other members of the royal family – Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – are also thrilled.

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