The trip will be made on behalf of the Queen and at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern
Are the dates of Prince William‘s visit to New Zealand a clue for when to expect the arrival of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s baby — or will the royal father of three miss the big day?
The exact dates have been announced for William’s previously announced trip to New Zealand, where he will honor the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack. He will be in the country on Thursday, April 25 – or Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I – and Friday, April 26, it was announced Wednesday.
The royal, 36, will begin his trip in Auckland before continuing onto Christchurch, where William will spend time meeting the survivors of the attack along with their families, first responders and Muslim community leaders.
The trip will be made on behalf of the Queen and at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.
Prince William will likely get to celebrate the first birthday of his son, Prince Louis, on April 23 with his family. However, his travels could mean he’ll miss the arrival of Baby Sussex.
But some royal fans believe William will want to be close when his younger brother becomes a first-time dad, hinting that the baby is due to arrive before or after William’s trip.
If true, the window for Meghan to give birth is even smaller, as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall announced on Monday that they will visit Germany on May 7. The three-day tour will begin in Berlin and take them to Leipzig and Munich, where they will carry out a series of engagements to strengthen the relationship between the U.K. and Germany. Since Charles and Camilla are expected to be nearby when Meghan and Prince Harry’s first child is born, it can be assumed that Baby Sussex will be born prior to their May 7 trip.
The Duchess of Sussex told excited fans in January that her due date was in late April or early May.
In the wake of the mass shooting tragedy in New Zealand that left 50 dead, Kensington Palace issued a joint statement on behalf of Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan, where the royal couples referred to the “senseless attacks” as a “horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.”
Meghan and Harry made a surprise visit to New Zealand House in London a few days after the attack to sign a book of condolences for the victims.
Meghan wrote: “Our deepest condolences. We are with you.” Harry signed his name with “Arohanui,” which is Maori for “best wishes.”
This will be Prince William’s sixth official visit to New Zealand, with the most recent being his 2014 tour with Kate and a young Prince George.