The royal mom-to-be already has a family heirloom ready to be passed down


Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are about to start a family of their own, the royal mom-to-be already has a family heirloom ready to be passed down.

In a 2015 interview with Hello! magazine, she confessed to splurging on a Cartier watch to celebrate the success of her show Suits.

“I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch,” she explained. “When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.”

She even had a personalized message engraved on the jewelry piece – and kept a special intention for the watch in mind.

“I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ and I plan to give it to my daughter one day,” she said. “That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”

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On Monday, the royal couple announced they are expecting their first child together.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.

“Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

A royal source tells PEOPLE that Meghan has had her 12-week ultrasound and is “feeling well.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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The happy news comes five months after their royal wedding on May 19. The pair began dating in July 2016 after meeting on a blind date and were first revealed as a couple in October 2016. During their high-speed, long-distance courtship, Harry and Meghan spent time together at each other’s respective homes in London and Toronto, where Markle filmed Suits. They now reside at Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex tour of Australia - 17 Oct 2018
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However, their growing brood will certainly have limits. Prince Harry brushed off a suggestion that he should follow in the footsteps of a well wisher in Ireland — and have five children.

As the couple greeted fans in Dublin, Elaine Adam-Stewart, 43, told Harry, “My husband also has red hair and he gave me five children — when are you and Meghan going to get going?”

Harry saw the funny side, Adam-Stewart tells PEOPLE. “He laughed and said, ‘Five children? — too many.’ “