Bookmakers William Hill said a punter had put £500 on the duke and duchess having a baby girl in the coming weeks.
The royal couple, due to become first-time parents, arrived in Birkenhead to the usual full-throttle welcome they have come to expect at their public appearances.
When the Duchess of Sussex's pregnancy was announced a year ago, Kensington Palace released a statement saying she was due during the British spring, which extends from March until May. Many Meghan fashion watchers wondered if this was her attempt to blend in and acquiesce to palace expectations, being but a humble newcomer.More news: Leishman makes move in Sony Open golf
Today Meghan and Harry made their first royal engagement together of the year by visiting Birkenhead.
For the occasion, Duchess Meghan sported a scarlet Sentaler wrap coat ($1,400) and purple dress by Babaton for ARITZIA ($138), completing the look with red Stuart Weitzman pumps ($375) and a brown Gabriela Hearst bag ($2,516), The Sun reports. The bronze statue, named after one of Owen's poems, Futility, shows an exhausted World War I soldier.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also visit a youth centre called Hive Wirral Youth Zone in Merseyside.
Their plans for the day included a stop to officially open a new discount supermarket and community cafe set up by Feeding Birkenhead, a coalition of churches, food banks and community groups to help reduce hunger in Birkenhead. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!