Meghan Markle hints the royal baby's due date might be closer than expected. See the Duchess of Sussex bump along, plus find out POTUS Barack Obama's favorite things of 2018 (that's insanely black) inside....
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting close and close to meeting their royal baby. And the baby might be here a bit earlier than expected.
On Christmas Day, the Duchess of Sussex joined her husband/Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and the royal family for the annual holiday church service at the Queen's Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
As Meghan and the family greeted and shook hands with fans outside of the church, a Twitter user asked her if she was excited about her pregnancy and becoming a mother. That's when she dropped the nugget about the baby's due date.
“We’re nearly there!," the mom-to-be said as she placed her hand on her growing baby bump while wearing a navy Victoria Beckham coat over a long navy dress, matching fascinator, and a black leather powder box by Victoria Beckham.
Caught this moment on video as well pic.twitter.com/OdH0QEuiWM
— Emily Spencer (@_Emily_spencer_) December 26, 2018
Kensington Palace released a statement confirming Meghan’s pregnancy in October. They said the Duchess of Sussex “is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019.” Now, it seems Baby Sussex may be here a little earlier in 2019, if the rumors and baby bump calculations are true.
At the time of the pregnancy announcement, Meghan was thought to be around 12 weeks. Singer Missy Higgins spilled some tea in October saying she was a little further along - more like 16 weeks, which means the baby could be here in early 2019.
Singer Missy took to Instagram after meeting the royals at a reception hosted by the Governor-General and revealed: "What an honour to meet the beautiful Duchess today! She was such a sweetheart. I said I felt sorry for her having to do all these meet-and-greets while 4 months pregnant! What a trooper. Prince Harry was gorgeous too, a real charmer. He squeezed Luna's legs and said 'who's this little cutie?' Looking forward to telling Luna she slept through it all one day."
Per tradition, Kensington Palace will not announce the baby's gender or due date until the day of the birth, so we'll just have to wait and see.
We can't wait!
Closing out the year, Meghan nabs the cover of British GQ's new digitial weekly, GQ Hype. They used the iconic picture of her holding her baby bump at London's Fashion Awards earlier this month:
— British GQ (@BritishGQ) December 24, 2018
In other good news...
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As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before. Swipe through to see my best of 2018 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and listening.
POTUS Barack Obama has released his list of favorites from the year 2018 and it's insanely black. President O loved Beyonce& Jay Z's "Apes*t," and Cardi B's "I Like It" this year. And those weren't the only artists he was rocking out to all-year long. He also listed H.E.R., J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, Normani, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jay Rock, and Nancy Wilson (who passed away this year) as faves he was feeling.
— H.E.R. (@HERMusicx) December 28, 2018
As for movies, he listed Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, BlacKKKlansman, Support The Girls and Blindspotting.
As for books, of course, he chose his wife Michelle Obama's "Becoming" memoir as his all-time fave. He also chose "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones, "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and he honored Nelson Mandela’s "Long Walk to Freedom."
Swipe through his full list above.