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By Aly Walansky

Bring on the royal pickles?!

On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that a royal baby is expected to arrive this spring and newspapers in the U.K. are already beginning to speculate about which foods Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, may end up craving most during her pregnancy.

Before her royal wedding to Prince Harry, the duchess, formerly known as Meghan Markle, was known for her role on the legal drama, "Suits," but over the years, she has been very vocal about her favorite foods, beverages and culinary endeavors.

"I think if you deprive yourself of anything you're just going to crave it more, so for me it's just finding that balance," she told Shape Magazine in 2013. "Eating really good during the week and then treating yourself to whatever it is that you want over the weekend."

Whether it's the week or the weekend, Meghan has previously stated that she likes to enjoy a wide range of foods. Here are some of her absolute favorites:

The former Meghan Markle's favorite foods and drinks

1. Tacos

As a California native, Meghan grew up with access to great Baja-style fare and, as she told TODAY in a 2012 interview, her upbringing made her love fish tacos.

“Here's how I make fish tacos," she explained, "grill some peppers and onions and a couple filets of fish — a flaky white fish works best. Season everything with salt and pepper, a little lime and stuff it all inside of a warm corn tortilla.

"Few bites of food make me happier than that."

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Nathan Turner

2. Pasta

The duchess loves her carbs and has confessed to a great love of pasta.

"It gets such a bad rap," she told Delish. "However, when I'm traveling, I won't miss an opportunity to try great pasta. I come back from vacation every year with a food baby, and I've named her Comida. I get to the set and I'm like, 'Hey, Comida's here, and she's kicking.'"

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Michael White

3. Roast chicken

Everyone knows the now famous story of how Harry proposed as the couple made a roast chicken dinner together, but this classic, homespun dish has been in the duchess' recipe repertoire for quite some time.

“There is nothing as delicious, or as impressive, as a perfectly roasted chicken,” she told Good Housekeeping in 2017. “It’s a game changer. I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends.”

4. French fries

She may have a taste for many of the finer foods in life, but she also loves a great french fry — because honestly, who doesn't?.

"French fries and vino are my vices," she told Delish in 2016.

And, after spending a lot of time in Canada while filming "Suits," the former actress started digging her frites with extra toppings in the form of poutine: fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.

"It's got to squeak when you bite into it," the duchess said. "Really. The cheese curds should make a squeaking noise when you bite into them or squeeze them. That's how you know you've got the right kind."

During her pregnancy, the duchess will likely avoid some of her favorite foods and drinks, too.

5. Sushi

A fresh fish fan, she also loves different types in sushi. In November, she told Eye Swoon about a seafood experience that basically changed her life.

“Hand diving for sea urchin in Jamaica and scooping out the freshest uni and eating it in the ocean ... swooooooooon!”

She noted AOC and Sushi Park in Los Angeles as two of her favorite sushi spots. The duchess, who loves food that is “fresh, fresh, fresh” considers “perfect sushi” among the best foods to enjoy.

6. Wine

Meghan named her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, after her favorite wine: Tignanello, an earthy red varietal. So it’s not surprising that she's a true aficionado of great wine.

“At the end of a long day, there is nothing I enjoy more than a glass of wine,” she told TODAY. Her favorite variety? “A big, beautiful red.”

7. Classic cocktails

While the duchess loves a great glass of red wine, she also appreciates a classic cocktail.

"God, do I love wine," she told The New Potato. "A beautiful, full red or a crisp white. But if it's cocktails, I love a spicy tequila cocktail, Negroni or [a] good Scotch (neat)."

She'll have to wait awhile before sipping on them again, but TODAY Food's raising a glass to the couple's exciting announcement on Monday.

This article was updated on Oct. 15, 2018, with information about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's pregnancy announcement.