Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the big news on Valentine’s Day.
“We can confirm that Archie will be an older brother,” the couple said in a statement released Sunday. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to be expecting their second child.”
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, are already parents to their son, Archie, whom they welcomed in May 2019. The two have been married since May 2018.
In November, Meghan revealed that she suffered a miscarriage over the summer in an op-ed for The New York Times.
“I lay down on a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand,” she recalled. “I felt the wetness on his palm and kissed his knuckles, damp from our tears. Staring at the cool white walls, my eyes went glassy. I tried to imagine how we would heal.”
Meghan also wrote that in the midst of her own loss, she and Harry learned how common miscarriages are, prompting her to speak up in an effort to encourage others to do the same.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable pain, experienced by many but few speak of,” he wrote. “In the grief of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them would have suffered a miscarriage. Yet despite the striking similarity of this grief, the conversation remains a taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame and perpetuating a cycle of lonely grief. “
In January 2020, the couple resigned from their duties as senior members of the royal family and moved to their new home in Santa Barbara, California, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“For us, we are trying to take advantage of all the quality time that we have with our son right now and not miss a single moment of his growth and development, which has been really special,” Markle said of Archie during the TIME 100Talks in October.
In November 2019, Harry hinted that he wanted Archie a brother. During a surprise visit to the families of service men and women in Windsor, England, a mother said Harry was interested in how he copes with two children.
“Harry was also very interested in how things were going with the second children, because we both have grown children,” Susie Stringfellow told Forces after the impromptu visit from the royal family. “And we were trying to encourage him to have a second baby.”
Last July, Harry also told legendary ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall how many children he and Meghan, 38, wanted to have. When Goodall advised him at one point during the talk not to have “too many” children, in an effort to save the planet, Harry said he planned to only have “two, tops.”
Royal expert Katie Nicholl also told ET in July 2019 that the royal couple “absolutely” wanted more children.
“Sources close to the couple told me that they would really love to have a great family,” Nicholl said. “They are, by all accounts, amazing parents. They are loving parents.”
“His life has changed enormously and that was one of the things that the sources I spoke to … told me: that this has really been a life-transforming event,” he added about the two who became parents. “Yeah they’re royalty, yeah, they probably have more help than the rest of us, but this has really changed their world for the better. So, I think right now, they’re targeting Archie, but I know it’s his plan to have more than one child. “
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