Celebrities react with joy to news of the next Royal baby

Celebrities, politicians and other public figures have reacted with joy to the announcement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they are expecting a baby.

Harry and Meghan told the world they would be welcoming a new member of the Royal Family in Spring 2019 with an announcement on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account on Monday morning.

Prime Minister Theresa May was quick to send her best wishes to the happy couple.

She wrote on Twitter: “My warmest congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the happy news they are expecting a baby in the Spring. Wishing them all the best.”

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, also congratulated the pair, tweeting: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their happy news! Prayers for them in the months ahead.”

The Kingdom Choir, which thrilled the country as they performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May, were also among the well-wishers on social media.

“We’d just like to send our congratulations to the beautiful couple, the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex on their recent announcement,” read a message on the choir’s official Instagram account.

Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, tweeted: “Happy news to wake up to on a Monday morning – congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!!”

Members of Parliament from around the country including Labour’s Chuka Umunna, the Conservative Andrea Jenkyns and the DUP’s Emma Little-Pengelly also sent their congratulations, as did businesswoman Lady Karren Brady and television personalities such as Geordie Shore’s Gaz Beadle and Vicky Pattinson, presenter June Sarpong and YouTuber Zoella.

Kensington Palace followed the announcement by thanking the public for “all of the support” the couple have received since their wedding, adding that they were “delighted to be able to share this happy news”.