Before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced her pregnancy and embarked on their first royal tour as a married couple, the duo consulted their doctors and asked whether it would be safe for the Duchess of Sussex to travel to places where the Zika virus has been detected.
As royal admirers are well aware, the future parents are spending the next two weeks traveling across Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand to focus on youth leadership, environmental and conservation efforts and the Invictus Games. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika has been reported in both Tonga and Fiji. The CDC noted that the virus can be passed on from a pregnant woman to her fetus and that it can cause birth defects. However, Kensington Palace revealed the couple sought medical advice ahead of their trip and ultimately decided to continue with their tour as planned. In fact, a source told People Meghan recently had her 12-week scan and is "feeling well."
Over the weekend, Australian magazine New Idea reported that a tour guide had let it slip that Meghan would not be joining her husband on the trip to Fiji. The publication cited concern over the Zika virus as a possible cause—sparking speculation that a pregnancy announcement was on the way. However, the Palace has since confirmed there will be no changes to the itinerary.
The rumor wasn't the only thing to spark speculation. Meghan also raised a few eyebrows after she wore a navy coat over her Givenchy dress to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding—leaving some to wonder if a baby bump was possibly hidden underneath. As E! News previously reported, the couple shared the news with their royal family members at the nuptials. Of course, the relatives were "delighted" by the news. Meghan's mother, Doria, is also "very happy."