AP PHOTOS: Royal couple in Australia as pregnancy announced

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Ruby a mother Koala who gave birth to koala joey Meghan, named after Her Royal Highness, with a second joey named Harry after His Royal Highness during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Dean Lewins/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry reacts as he prepares to meet members of the public outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, meet an echidna held by Dr. Michelle Shaw, left, during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry, right, reacts as Meghan, right, Duchess of Sussex holds a toy kangaroo given by Australia's Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, center, in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Duchess of Sussex arrives at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry poses for photos for members of the public during a walkabout outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific (Paul Edwards/Pool via AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets member's of the public during a walkabout outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet Ruby a mother Koala during a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct.16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.(Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Phil Noble/Pool via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry is embraced by 97-year-old Dafney Dunne during a walkabout outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts during a ceremony at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles during a welcome event at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses for a photo at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold hands as they walk on the lawns at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan the Duchess of Sussex receives native flowers from 4-year-old Findlay Blue after she and Prince Harry officially opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Peter Parks/Pool via AP)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex looks at koala during a tour of Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex speaks to members of the members of the Australian community at a reception held by the Governor General at Admiralty House in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Christo, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet 97-year-old Dafney Dunne during a walkabout outside the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Paul Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex watch the Bangarra Dance Company inside the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Ian Vogler/Pool Photo via AP)

SYDNEY — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand that began in Sydney with the surprise announcement that the royal couple are expecting their first child.

News that the former Meghan Markle is pregnant has made front-page headlines across Australia.

Meghan's tight-fitting dress barely revealed a bump as she and Prince Harry were welcomed at their first event Tuesday at the Sydney harbor-side mansion where the two are staying.

The couple later traveled by boat to Taronga Park Zoo, where they opened a research center and met two 10-month-old koalas that had been named after them.

They watched an indigenous dance company rehearse inside the Opera House before meeting the public.

The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers about why Meghan was not joining Harry on his Sydney Harbour Bridge climb set for Friday.

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This gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Wally Santana in Bangkok.

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