MEGHAN MARKLE

The ex­pec­tant duchess is turn­ing to sis­ter-in-law Kate Mid­dle­ton for preg­nancy ad­vice and sup­port.

Closer Weekly - - Contents - — Abby Wil­son, with re­port­ing by Natalie Pos­ner

The sum­mer proved to be a bit like baby boot camp for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “The cou­ple of­ten had lunch with Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton,” a royal in­sider tells Closer of the months lead­ing up to Harry and Meghan’s preg­nancy an­nounce­ment on Oct. 15. “Wil­liam would give Harry tips on fa­ther­hood as they caught up over a beer, while Meghan would play with Char­lotte, Ge­orge and Louis. They looked at the time they spent with their neph­ews and niece as good prac­tice!”

Now with Meghan’s due date com­ing this spring, Kate, 36, is get­ting a lit­tle antsy — and auntsy — for the new­est royal’s ar­rival. She’s even step­ping up her role as mommy coach to Meghan, 37. “Kate’s the one per­son who un­der­stands what Meghan is go­ing through so she’s mak­ing it her pri­or­ity to teach her how to bal­ance her preg­nancy with her royal du­ties in a healthy way,” the in­sider says. “She’s so ex­cited to show Meghan the ropes. The two have re­ally bonded and they’re closer than ever!”

“Rais­ing a fam­ily will be a won­der­ful part of [my new life].” — Meghan

MOTH­ERS KNOW BEST

The fact that Meghan and Harry have been away on their tour of Aus­tralia and New Zealand hasn’t put a damper on Kate’s en­thu­si­asm. “De­spite Meghan be­ing on the op­po­site side of the world, she and Kate have been speak­ing daily,” the in­sider shares. “Kate was good about check­ing in and hear­ing how the preg­nancy is com­ing along. She’s made it her mis­sion to en­sure Meghan doesn’t overdo things.”

To that end, Kate’s of­fered to help with a myr­iad of de­tails for the baby’s ar­rival. “Harry and Meghan have two nurs­eries: one in Lon­don and an­other in the coun­try­side, which Kate is help­ing to dec­o­rate,” the in­sider re­veals. “Meghan has fan­tas­tic taste, but she lacks knowl­edge about dayto-day es­sen­tials of baby care so she’s re­ly­ing on Kate’s ex­per­tise. She’s picked out ev­ery­thing from the most sooth­ing crib mo­biles to baby toys that Ge­orge, 5, Char­lotte, 3, and Louis, 6 months, all loved.”

Mother­hood, Kate ex­plains, “has been such a re­ward­ing and won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever at times it was also a huge chal­lenge — even for me, who had sup­port at home that most moth­ers do not.” That’s why she’s so sen­si­tive to Meghan’s needs, as Meghan is ad­mit­tedly ner­vous about the un­known “and she’s fairly new to Lon­don, so she only has a hand­ful of friends in the city,” the in­sider notes.

Kate is also go­ing all out to throw her sis­terin-law a sur­prise baby shower in early 2019. “She’s a per­fec­tion­ist, so she’s been prep­ping for it al­ready,” the in­sider re­veals, “and she’ll in­vite Meghan’s clos­est pals from across the pond. Jes­sica Mul­roney, Priyanka Cho­pra, Ser­ena Wil­liams and Amal Clooney will all be re­ceiv­ing in­vites.”

Harry is thrilled to be­come a first­time dad at 34, call­ing his niece and neph­ews “the most amaz­ing things ever. I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young,” he adds, not­ing he was just “wait­ing to find the right per­son. Some­one will­ing to take on the job.” With Kate’s guid­ance, his wife more than fits the bill.

“Meghan’s spent a lot of time at Kate’s look­ing af­ter Ge­orge and Char­lotte, chang­ing Louis’ di­a­pers and help­ing to cook din­ner,” the in­sider re­ports. The for­mer Suits star “has even put her act­ing skills to good use, pulling funny faces and speak­ing in silly voices like a car­toon char­ac­ter. It leaves the chil­dren in fits of laugh­ter! See­ing Meghan around her kids, Kate knows for sure that her sis­ter-in-law will be an amaz­ing mom.”

It’s twins! Twin teddy bears, that is. Harry and a bumpy Meghan got th­ese sweet toys on Oct. 22in Aus­tralia.

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