Meghan meets fellow expecting mother at community supermarket
The Duchess of Sussex joked “neither of us should be holding it”, as she presented a fellow expectant mother with a large basket of baby goods during a visit to a community supermarket in Birkenhead.
The recipient of the basket, Angel Midgley, said that the duchess had told her that she and Harry do not yet know the gender of their child.
During the second of four engagements in Merseyside, Meghan, cradling her baby bump, also told cafe workers that she is not currently able to drink coffee, saying when offered one: “I can’t at the moment, sadly, but I can have a mint tea or something.”
Harry and Meghan were officially opening Number 7, a community supermarket and cafe which aims to combat hunger in the local area by selling discounted surplus food to people struggling to pay bills.
The parents-to-be were shown round the store’s aisles by members of management, and met with staff and beneficiaries of Number 7, which is run by Feeding Birkenhead, a coalition of churches, food banks and other community groups.
They spent around 40 minutes at the site, and seemed visibly impressed by the quality and quantity of food available at cut prices, with Meghan telling staff: “Really, it’s amazing.”
After speaking with a small assembled crowd, the duchess then presented Miss Midgley, who is around five months pregnant with her second child, with a Moses Basket full of baby goods.
Meghan did not lift it, though, telling the 27-year-old: “I would say that I should lift it for you, but neither of us should be holding it.”
Upon seeing the basket, which contained products like nappies, lotions and wipes, Harry joked: “Is there a baby in there?”
Speaking after the engagement, Miss Midgley, whose due date is May 15, said that meeting the duchess was a “surreal” experience.
“She was very friendly and welcoming”, the mother-of-one said.
She added: “She just said ‘congratulations’ and asked me about the due date and a few more details about the baby, before presenting the baby basics basket.
“She also said that she does not know whether their child is going to be a boy or a girl.”
The royal couple then signed Number 7’s visitor book, before unveiling a plaque to mark its official opening.
Shortly before leaving the venue, Harry joked with volunteers that he was going to tell a large crowd that had assembled outside to come into the supermarket.