Meghan Markle and Prince Harry revealed on Valentine's Day that they are expecting their second child.
A spokesperson of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has confirmed that the almost two-year-old Archie is going to be a big brother and the couple is “overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
The couple shared the news with their black-and-white photo, shot remotely by photographer Misan Harriman through an iPad, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex look lovingly at each other as Meghan—in a bespoke Carolina Herrera maxi dress—lays her head on Prince Harry’s lap while she rests her hand on her baby bump.
A touching tribute announcing for the Sussexes to announce their exciting news on #ValentinesDay❤️ It was exactly 37 years ago that Princess Diana shared with the world that she was pregnant with Prince Harry. pic.twitter.com/NQfUiw62Sc— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 14, 2021
The announcement appears to hold a special significance to the family, as it was exactly 37 years ago on Feb. 14, 1984, when Princess Diana made the headlines with the announcement that she was pregnant with her second child, Prince Harry.
The news came months after Meghan revealed in a moving The New York Times op-ed she wrote that she suffered a miscarriage in July.
"Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning," she wrote.
In January last year, Meghan and Prince Harry, who were married in 2018, stepped back as senior members of the Royal family and “work(ed) to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”
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In their 2020 statement, the Sussexes noted that they plan to balance their time between the United Kingdom and North America, which will enable them to raise their son “with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”
The couple currently resides in the Montecito neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California, with their son Archie, whom their non-profit Archewell Foundation was named after.
Meghan and Prince Harry’s second child will be eighth in line to the throne behind Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and baby Archie.
Banner image and thumbnail photo by Misan Harriman