Prince Harry has revealed he is hoping for a baby girl when wife Meghan gives birth in the spring.
During a cycling race in Sydney today, a wellwisher called out to the Duke: “Congratulations, I hope it’s a girl” to which Harry laughed and replied: “So do I!”
It is the first time the Prince, 34, has revealed his feelings about the sex of the child he is expecting with the Duchess.
It came as the Duchess of Sussex has decided to pull out of a host of events on her first major royal tour due to exhaustion.
Pregnant Meghan, 37, will not attend public events in Queensland tomorrow when the couple travel to Fraser Island, the longest sand beach in the world in a paradise setting.
The 37-year-old, who is at least 12 weeks pregnant, spent this morning resting while husband Prince Harry attended a road cycling event for the Invictus Games in Sydney.
The royal couple are a week into their gruelling 16 day tour Down Under, taking on 76 engagements without a day off.
They have already met thousands of people in Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo as well launching the Invictus Games, the multi discipline sports event Harry created in 2014 for injured servicemen and women now in its fourth year.
The Duke of Sussex has encouraged his pregnant wife to slow down after she felt tired when the opening of the Invictus Games overran by nearly two hours, royal sources have said.
The former actress did look rested as she attended a reception hosted by Aussie PM Scott Morrison this but is said to be “feeling tired” after the constant travelling and hectic scheduling.
A palace spokesman on the tour said: “After a busy programme, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess’s schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour.”