Fears for Meghan after Zika virus outbreak hits destination of first royal tour

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have made no secret of wanting to start a family as soon as possible – but a huge problem is on the horizon for the newlyweds.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to visit Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific islands on their first major overseas tour together in October.

However, it’s specifically Harry and Meghan’s plans for the legs of the trip which take in Fiji and Tonga that are causing concern – as there has been a shock Zika virus and dengue fever outbreak on the islands.

Zika is especially of concern as it can cause complications for unborn babies – and now there are fears the tour could affect their plans to have a child.

Pregnant women are advised to avoid areas where mosquito-borne Zika is present, as the disease can cause microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with abnormally small heads.

A source said: “The Duke and Duchess will have taken advice at the highest level before deciding that they were happy to go ahead and plan the trip.”

The Foreign Office advises: “Couples should follow guidance on prevention of sexual transmission of Zika and avoid conception while travelling and for up to six months on return.”

This makes it unlikely that Meghan, who turns 37 on August 4, and Harry, 33, would try to conceive until May 2019.

Sources have suggested Meghan may skip the trip should she fall pregnant before October.

The Foreign Office also warns about recent outbreaks of dengue fever in Fiji, stating “some cases have been the potentially fatal haemorrhagic fever strain”.

Our source said: “Every precaution will be taken. The royal couple’s health is naturally of the utmost importance.”

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