If you’ve wondering when will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have kids, you may need to wait…for a while. Even though there are no official reports from Kensington Palace about any kind of royal pregnancy, there has been plenty of speculation that the new royal couple wants to wait.

So why do those who are in-the-know believe that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have pumped the breaks on any baby plans that they might have? It looks like their recently-announced travel itinerary might have something to do with it.

According to Kensington Palace, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will start an Autumn Tour on Oct. 16. The tour, which goes through the end of October, includes stops in both Australia and New Zealand. While traveling doesn’t exactly prohibit the Duchess from getting pregnant. After all, plenty of us working mamas travel while TTC and immediately after. But there may be a clue in the couple’s actual itinerary as to why they might want to wait.

The Duke and Duchess plan to visit Fiji and Tonga—two regions known for having the Zika virus. Not only are women advised to stay away from known Zika-risk areas, but medical experts also advise postponing pregnancy for several months following a visit to a Zika-infected area.

While the worldwide consensus of how long to wait differs slightly, the CDC recommends that women wait at least three months before trying to conceive after traveling to an area with an active Zika risk. In the United Kingdom, National Health Services recommends that women who are planning to get pregnant should wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive after visiting areas with Zika risk; men, on the other hand, should wait at least six months before trying to conceive, according to the NHS.

And what does this mean for the Duke and Duchess? Well it’s likely that the two will need to wait at least until mid-winter before even considering a pregnancy. And so the Royal Baby Watch continues…

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Kensington Palace via Instagram 



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