Duke of Sussex ‘hopes baby is a girl’

The Duke of Sussex has suggested he his hoping his new baby is a girl.

Kensington Palace announced Meghan was expecting a baby in spring on the eve of the couple's tour to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

Harry attended a cycling event at the Invictus Games on Sunday, and a video posted online showed a well-wisher calling out: "Congratulations, I hope it's a girl!" – to which he replied "so do I!"

Earlier in the tour, during a walkabout in Melbourne, the duke and duchess stopped to play with five-and-a-half-month-old Harriet Bonaddido and chatted with her mother Jessica.

The 28-year-old said: "As soon as I introduced my daughter to Harry, he said 'that's a great name'.

"Maybe they will choose it for their own child, which would be fun.

"Meghan was right behind him and was playfully tickling her toes and said how sweet it was that I'd brought her out today."