The Twins Will Have Plenty of Play­mates

Meghan and Harry are hap­pily nest­ing at Kens­ing­ton Palace, where Prince Wil­liam, 35, Kate Mid­dle­ton, 36, and their brood are neigh­bors! The par­ents-to-be have al­ready seen how great Ge­orge, 4, and Char­lotte, 3, are with ba­bies — both have em­braced lit­tle

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dou­ble baby joy. While the baggy fit drew crit­i­cism from some watch­ing on TV (Katy Perry even com­mented that the bride could’ve used “one more fit­ting!”), a source says guests at the “I do”s of the cen­tury were chat­ter­ing about Meghan’s grow­ing tummy, not tai­lor­ing mis­takes. “Since the dress was loose around her belly, peo­ple were spec­u­lat­ing that she found out she was preg­nant a cou­ple of days be­fore the wed­ding and was hid­ing a

bump,” notes the source. “She also barely touched a drop of al­co­hol, when she nor­mally loves drink­ing red wine. Why would she avoid it on her big day?”

That’s not the only thing Meghan’s avoided. “Harry had or­ga­nized a dream hon­ey­moon in Africa,” notes the source, “but malaria is so com­mon there, and the risks for preg­nant women are high.” So that trip has been can­celed (re­port­edly in fa­vor of a more low- key Cana­dian hon- ey­moon). Mean­while Meghan is busy ad­just­ing to her new life at Kens­ing­ton Palace and pre­par­ing for a grow­ing fam­ily. “She is feel­ing more tired than usual,” notes the in­sider, “but her skin is glow­ing!”


A preg­nant royal bride would go against all sorts of palace pro­to­col. But Harry and Meghan have never wor­ried about rais­ing the eye­brows of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, 92, or any­one else. “They don’t hold back when it comes to break­ing tra­di­tion,” the in­sider says, not­ing that the cou­ple even looked into fer­til­ity treat­ments be­fore ty­ing the knot. “Meghan knows how im­por­tant it is to pro­vide an heir and at 36 years old, she was wor­ried it wouldn’t hap­pen nat­u­rally.”

She’s still in her prime child­bear­ing years. But she never got preg­nant with her first hus­band, Trevor En­gel­son, 41. “Meghan and Trevor were mar­ried

for two years but never had chil­dren,” says the in­sider. “They were often apart, so it was dif­fi­cult to get the tim­ing right, but it also crossed Meghan’s mind that there might be a big­ger is­sue. She has told pals that one of her big­gest fears is not be­ing able to con­ceive, es­pe­cially now that she’s part of the royal fam­ily.”

Her fears can of­fi­cially be put to rest, ac­cord­ing to Meghan’s in­ner cir­cle. “Meghan con­fided in those close to her that she’ll do what­ever it takes to have a baby,” says the in­sider, “know­ing that twins are more likely to hap­pen through fer­til­ity treat­ment.” Ex­perts say she’s right: Treat­ments like in vitro fer­til­iza­tion and ovu­la­tion in­duc­tion “in­crease the risk of multi-fe­tal preg­nancy,” con­firms obgyn Dr. Pari Gh­odsi (who hasn’t treated Meghan). Even with­out treat­ment, Meghan’s odds of hav­ing twins are high. “There is an in­creased risk of twins or triplets in women over 35,” notes Dr. Gh­odsi. “Hor­mones that stim­u­late ovaries to pro­duce eggs in­crease as you get older be­cause your ovaries are not re­spond­ing as eas­ily — which sig­nals your brain to pro­duce more. So there’s a higher risk for more than one egg to be re­leased.”


Meghan’s more than ready: “She just can’t wait to be a mother,” says the in­sider. And Harry is be­yond ea­ger to be a dad. The red­headed royal spoke pub­licly in 2015, a year be­fore meet­ing Meghan, about his de­sire for a fam­ily. Now they’re choos­ing god­par­ents — Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton are top con­tenders, along with Harry’s pal Guy Pelly and Meghan’s BFF, Jes­sica Mul­roney — and hap­pily dream­ing up loads of baby names. “They’ve dis­cussed Ed­ward and Jack for a boy and Poppy and Olivia for girls,” re­veals the in­sider. Harry’s also told pals they may name a daugh­ter Diana as a trib­ute to his late mother. As for the queen, she al­ready got a nod with Wil­liam’s sec­ond- born, her great­grand­daugh­ter Char­lotte El­iz­a­beth Diana. Whether or not she gets an­other mid­dle-name honor, the monarch will “be thrilled” with new ad­di­tions to the fam­ily, says the in­sider: “She’s been nag­ging Harry for months about how she can’t wait for him to ex­tend the fam­ily. She loves be­ing a grand­mother and great-grand­mother!”

She’ll no doubt be adding plenty of presents to a $ 20,000 nurs­ery the source says Meghan is al­ready fill­ing with cud­dly toys and cute clothes. “She and Harry are even more ex­cited about hav­ing ba­bies,” says the in­sider, “than they were about their wed­ding!”

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