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Meghan Markle is pregnant with a baby girl, according to a wrong tabloid cover story claiming Kensington Palace has released a statement confirming she and Prince Harry are expecting. Gossip Cop can debunk the report. The palace has not announced any pregnancy news.

But the new cover of New Idea blares, "Official Palace Statement: We've Having A Baby! It's A Girl." As clear from the press releases on the official website for the royal family, no statement has been made about Markle being pregnant. The most recent release about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is in regards to their upcoming trip to Ireland.

Following the unequivocal lie on the cover, the magazine announces Markle and Prince Harry's "baby joy" inside the issue. And because the outlet doesn't really have an "official palace statement" about a pregnancy, since none exists, it cites a so-called "royal cameraman," who claims that a "royal baby is on its way." As proof, this unnamed photographer contends that Markle's "placement at the back of the balcony during the Trooping the Colour celebrations" was a "strategic move to hide any sign of a baby bump." Actually, People has already reported that Markle's balcony position behind Kate Middleton had to do with hierarchy. Since she and Prince William are the more senior royal couple, they took their spots first, and Markle and Prince Harry stood behind them. It had nothing to do with concealing a baby bump.

If that was the case, Markle wouldn't have shown her midsection at a number of subsequent events. Acknowledging those recent outings, the publication and an untraceable "source" try to make the case that she's come across as "peaky," "tired" and "withdrawn" when she's "usually so full of energy and very lively." But she obviously still is. When Markle and Queen Elizabeth attended a royal event just over 10 days ago, she was laughing and smiling during the spirited appearance.

There's another clear problem when the magazine asserts Prince Harry and Markle are "making sure to cram in as many overseas tours as they can before Meghan is too big to travel," including a "tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga." While it's true the couple is scheduled to visit all of those locales this fall, the outlet doesn't acknowledge that according to the CDC's world map of areas with the Zika virus, pregnant women are not supposed to travel to Fiji and Tonga. Obviously she wouldn't be going there if she was really expecting.

But that's not all. In a clear flip-flop from its cover declaration touting an "official palace statement," in the article that untraceable "source" merely claims "the palace is already working on announcements." Of course, that's not what the publication initially leads readers to believe. The tabloid also deceives readers by falsely asserting Markle's father has caused controversy by "accidentally revealing her pregnancy." While the magazine maintains he "slipped that his daughter is expecting," he's done nothing of the sort. As Gossip Cop has already explained, Markle's dad actually told "Good Morning Britain" that she's wanted children, but noted, "I don't think there is a stork in the air yet."

Gossip Cop should also add that despite the fake "it's a girl" quote the cover, nowhere in the actual story is it said Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a daughter. There is little doubt that Markle is going to be pregnant eventually. But when that happens, it is not going to be a tabloid or her father that reveals the news. There will, in fact, be an "official palace statement." But there is no disputing that there has not been one to date. Furthermore, New Idea is not trustworthy. This is, after all, the same magazine that proved it wasn't credible when it wrongly claimed months ago that Markle and Prince Harry were "already married" last summer. UPDATE: While the pregnancy story was untrue then, on October 15 Kensington Palace tweeted, "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."

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.


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