Meghan drops due date hint as she visits Birkenhead with Harry

Rhiannon Mills, royal correspondent

The Duchess of Sussex has given well wishers a big hint on when her baby could arrive.

The Duchess of Sussex was talking to crowds in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, when she told them she was six months pregnant, suggesting the baby could be born in April or early May.

Meghan stopped to chat to Kim Thompson, who said later: "She said she is six months pregnant and due at the end of April, beginning of May."

When Kensington Palace announced in October that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expecting their first child they said the baby was due in Spring 2019 but since then haven't given any further updates on the pregnancy.

The baby chat continued when the duchess talked to a group of schoolchildren.

Meghan asked them what she should call the baby and when they replied "Amy" she said it was a great choice.

The name is probably more appropriate than the children realised - Amy Pickerell is currently her deputy private secretary.

Meghan also told friendly faces in the crowd that her husband would make "a fantastic father".

Harry and Meghan were carrying out their first joint royal engagement of the year and using it to show their support for organisations that help disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

They started their day by stopping to see a sculpture that was unveiled in November to celebrate the life of one of the town's most famous sons - the acclaimed First World War poet Wilfred Owen.

Tomorrows Women Wirrel was their next stop, where they heard about the work being done to support around 6,000 vulnerable women dealing with mental health problems, domestic violence and addiction.

They then visited Number 7, a supermarket and community cafe run by Feeding Birkenhead, that is trying to eliminate hunger in Birkenhead but also gives advice on dealing with debt and finding work.

While she was there the duchess was asked by one new mother if they were having a boy or girl. Meghan said that they didn't know but added "we'll be thrilled with the outcome either way".

They ended their visit at the Hive Wirral Youth Zone, run by the charity OnSide Youth Zones.

The £6m pound facility was funded by the council and local businesses and includes sports facilities, support groups and training facilities for young people.

Harry and Meghan watched a group of children and teenagers perform the song "Born this way" by Lady Gaga before talking to the them about what the club means to them.

Harry is a big supporter of youth clubs and has spoken before about the negative impact that cuts in funding and the closure of groups across the country is having on young people.