Meghan, Harry kept pregnancy secret at Charles’ birthday portrait shoot

Hush-hush! Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, who are expecting their first child together, were still keeping their baby news under wraps when Prince Charles70th birthday portraits were taken, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

According to the insider, the couple had not told anyone they had a little one on the way when the family photos were taken in mid-September in the gardens of Clarence House. The royal brood even spent quality time together at Charles and Duchess Camilla’s home that afternoon after the picture session was complete.

In the two photos released on Tuesday, November 13, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stand together behind a bench, where other members of the family are seated. Meghan, 37, wears a slim-fitting, black-and-white sheath dress, with no signs of a visible baby bump. Harry, 34, and the Suits alum formally announced the pregnancy on October 15, though Kensington Palace said in a statement at the time that the royal family congratulated the pair at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on October 12.

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In this handout image provided by Clarence House and taken on Sept. 5, 2018, Britain's Prince Charles poses for an official portrait to mark his 70th Birthday in the gardens of Clarence House, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo)
In this handout image provided by Clarence House and taken on Sept. 5, 2018, Britain's Prince Charles poses for an official portrait to mark his 70th Birthday in the gardens of Clarence House, with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Pool Photo)
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Prince William and Duchess Kate’s three children — Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months — stole the show in the portraits. The source tells Us that photographer Chris Jackson was able to get such great shots thanks to Nanny Maria, who was standing to the side of the photographer making silly faces and waving to get their attention. The royal eyewitness tells Us that everyone burst into laughter at one point, making for a more relaxed photo.

The session was quick at only 15 minutes. The insider notes that with the children there, “everyone had to work fast.” In particular, Louis was “so well behaved. … He is the most adorable, placid little boy you will ever meet!”

According to the source, it was first suggested that Charles take the portraits with only his grandchildren, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 36, believed it would be best if everyone was together for the momentous occasion. George and Charlotte were all smiles in the pictures as they sat on their grandfather’s lap and cuddled up to Camilla, 71, respectively. Meanwhile, Louis grinned big as his mother held him.

The Prince of Wales selected Jackson as photographer because he is trusted by everyone, according to the royal source. Furthermore, the insider says, “He has an eye for those wonderful candid moments that make pictures like this so special.”

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the wedding ceremony of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (C) and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, react during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex takes her seat inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (2L), Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (2R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take thier seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Back row LtoR: Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Front row LtoR: Sarah, Duchess of York, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, and Mike Tindall take thier seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, take their seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read JONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (R) after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (2L) and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) leave with Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, after attending the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARETH FULLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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The royal family fêted Charles with a swanky party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, November 14. “Over his 70 years, [Prince] Philip and I have seen Charles become a champion of conservation and the arts, a great charitable leader — a dedicated and respected heir to the throne to stand comparison with any in history — and a wonderful father,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a toast to her son. “Most of all, sustained by his wife Camilla, he is his own man, passionate and creative.”

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