Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed via Kensington Palace this morning they are expecting their first child together in Spring 2019.
A spokesman said: “Their Royal Highnesses are very pleased to announce the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in Spring 2019.
“Their Royal Highnesses very much appreciate all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share their happy news.
“The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person.
“Ms Doria Ragland is very happy about the lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild.”
Meghan is in “good health” and has had a successful 12-week scan, with news of the pregnancy coming just five months after she married Prince Harry at Windsor Castle on May 19.
But hundreds of upset mothers have flooded Twitter to criticise the timing of the announcement, saying it could not have come on a worse day.
@ginaa1968 tweeted: “A bit insensitive if you ask me. It’s baby loss and bereavement day.”
@laneborough77 replied: “Absolutely. Prince Harry and #Meghan announce excitement at #pregnancy on Baby Loss and bereavement day. #MeghanMarklepregnant
“And I thought it was bad enough that they couldn’t wait more than three days to knock Eugenie back into place. #appallingtiming.”
@mags_griffin added: “Was just about to tweet the same thing. Of all the days to release the news, very insensitive. @KensingtonRoyal.”
@joshrpen tweeted: “Really thoughtful of Harry and Meghan to announce their pregnancy on baby loss awareness day. #infertilitysucks #babylossawareness #pregnancy #miscarriage #trauma.”
But Ruth Bender-Atik, national director of the Miscarriage Association, which aims to raise awareness around pregnancy loss, defended Meghan and Harry, insisting they were probably unaware of the significance of today.
She said: “I imagine they didn’t know. I think it’s as simple as that.
“For many people who have the deep sadness and grief of losing a baby, there was also that moment of joy when they wanted to announce their pregnancy.
“I can understand how people feel.
“It can be deeply hurtful but I have to be sure they had no idea of the significance of the day.”
Kensington Palace declined to comment.