Aunt Meghan and Uncle Harry ready to call in on royal baby

Aunt Meghan Markle and Uncle Prince Harry will be on hand to dote on the royal baby when the prince or princess arrives.

The couple are neighbours of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, living in Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of the royal residence.

US star Ms Markle recently hinted at having her own children with Harry.

Sinead Murphy from Shnuggle baby products shows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a baby bath during a visit to Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)
Sinead Murphy from Shnuggle baby products shows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a baby bath during a visit to Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)

On a trip to Belfast, the American former actress joked when she was shown an innovative range for newborns: "I'm sure at some point we'll need the whole (lot)."

In an interview in 2016, Ms Markle said becoming a mother was on her "bucket list".

"I can't wait to start a family, but in due time," she said.

Harry has also openly confessed he would love to have children.

Prince Harry with nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the palace balcony for Trooping the Colour (Steve Parsons/PA)
Prince Harry with nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the palace balcony for Trooping the Colour (Steve Parsons/PA)

The topic cropped up in the couple's engagement interview.

"You know, I think one step at a time, and hopefully we'll start a family in the near future," the prince said.

Like Harry, Ms Markle has impressed onlookers with her affectionate nature when meeting youngsters on royal walkabouts.

#MeghanMarkle hugs a schoolgirl at Millennium Point in #Birminghampic.twitter.com/MwtqgVsFcv

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In Birmingham on International Women's Day, Ms Markle hugged 10-year-old Sophie Richards, telling her she could achieve whatever she wanted to achieve, after learning the schoolgirl wanted to become an actress.

Ms Markle has also been spending time getting to know William and Kate's eldest children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The celebrity, who shot to fame playing paralegal Rachel Zane in the American drama Suits, already has two "fairy god-daughters".

She described the children of her close friend Benita Litt as such in a 2016 post on her since-deleted Instagram account.

The bride-to-be and Harry, who will wed in Windsor on May 19, will be among close family expected to attend the christening of William and Kate's baby in a few months time.

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