When The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were expecting their first child in mid October, us Aussies immediately claimed the baby as our own.
One of us, one of us, we chanted, because the royal couple announced their baby news in Sydney, meaning it is ours.
But turns out, no, we’re not that special, because there’s an unlikely person who knew about the 37-year-old’s pregnancy months before the rest of us.
Even before the royal family, who were reportedly told at dear cousin Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
That person is fashion designer Don O’Neill.
By all accounts, this man isn’t one of the Duchess’ closest confidants. It’s likely they’ve never even met.
Don is, however, the creative director of Theia, the couture fashion label who dressed Meghan for the state dinner on the Tonga leg of their 16-day Australia and South Pacific royal tour.
The dress custom designed for Meghan was a version of the label's ivory crepe column gown, featuring flanged shoulders, cap sleeves, a side slit (which is against royal protocol, but meh) and embroidered appliques of crystals and micro glass beads.
On the night, Meghan wore the floor-length with black closed toe stilettos and a subtle tribute to her late mother-in-law, the same emerald-cut aquamarine ring from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection we first saw Meghan wear to her wedding reception in May.
In an interview with People, the gown's designer said he and his team were thrilled to receive the call to design for the former Suits actress... even though it was a week out from their April, 2018 bridal runway show.