• The trial for Meghan Markle's lawsuit against Mail on Sunday was postponed until fall 2021
  • Twitter users speculated that the duchess may have requested the delay due to pregnancy
  • Markle's father wasn't happy with the judge's decision

Meghan Markle sparked pregnancy rumors after the trial of her privacy case against Mail on Sunday was delayed by at least nine months.

On Thursday, a High Court judge in the United Kingdom, where the case is being held, approved Markle's request to push back the trial of her lawsuit against Mail on Sunday and its publisher Associated Newspapers, whom the duchess is suing for publishing parts of a letter she wrote to her dad, Thomas Markle Sr.

The reason for the postponement was not revealed, but Markle's lawyers said the delay was being sought on "a confidential ground." The judge agreed to postpone the trial until no sooner than Oct. 15, 2021, People reported.

The news had some royal watchers on Twitter immediately speculating that Markle may have requested the delay because she is pregnant.

"I'm just going to say it, I saw a pregnant Meghan Markle in my vision. I think she might be with child soon," one netizen tweeted.

"9 months, Megan must be pregnant and doesn't want stress during the pregnancy. I betcha that's the secret reason. Meghan Markle's court case DELAYED for nine months due to 'confidential' reasons," a third Twitter user wrote.

Some have already expressed their approval for Markle's decision not to travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"There’s also a global pandemic right now and if she is pregnant, endangering herself or her unborn child to travel for a copyright case wouldn’t be wise," a social media user wrote.

Markle and husband Prince Harry are parents to 1-year-old Archie Harrison, whom they welcomed in May last year.

Meanwhile, there's one person who isn't happy about the date of the trial being moved: Markle's father. He said he wanted it to be over as soon as possible since he is due to give evidence.

"I am 76 years old and as a result of my heart condition and surgery, I am on blood thinners which have had an effect on my breathing," Thomas Sr. said in a statement released by Elizabeth Hartley, group legal director of Associated Newspapers, via Daily Mail.

"None of my male relatives have ever lived beyond 80 years of age," he continued. "I am a realist and I could die tomorrow. The sooner this case takes place the better."

Mail on Sunday's lawyers did not oppose the adjournment, stating that the matter depends on the judge's discretion. However, they rejected any delay to the disclosure of evidence as it could affect their preparation for the case.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020, in London. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images