Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is expecting her first child with Prince Harry. The news, announced Monday morning by Kensington Palace, has already been greeted by hundreds of messages of congratulations for the royal couple on social media.
But the baby’s due date, given as “Spring 2019”, has turned Brits’ attention to another big event scheduled for that time.
The U.K. is set to leave the European Union on March 29, exactly two years after Prime Minister Theresa May started the formal process for doing so by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The possibility that the baby could be born around that date has caused a stir on British social media.
Official #RoyalBaby name odds revealed:— Marty Lawrence (@TeaAndCopy) October 15, 2018
With the U.K.’s negotiators so far failing to reach a deal with the E.U. on the terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc and an important E.U. summit scheduled for Thursday, many say the baby will be a welcome distraction for the Prime Minister.
I assume the #RoyalBaby is due on March 29. Brexit mess? What mess? Look at this shiny new baby!— Tristan Stewart-Robertson (@SRTristan) October 15, 2018
PS Europe wouldn't let you have babies so aren't you glad you're free now?
The world’s 7,667,957,370th baby is the answer to Theresa May’s Brexit prayers. For one day only https://t.co/oaF7NFKFpM— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) October 15, 2018
Others are offering the Duchess of Sussex advice on the increased immigration restrictions that Britain will have to contend with after leaving the E.U.