Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, are having another baby! The couple announced the exciting news on Valentine’s Day, just like Princess Diana and Charles, Prince of Wales, did when the late royal was pregnant with Harry.
The announcement came with a beautiful black-and-white photo of the happy couple, Meghan’s bump in full view. And as it turns out, the photographer wasn’t even present. The photo was taken remotely by a friend.
When is Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby due?
The Sussex royals announced the happy news via representative on Feb. 14, 2021.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” the rep confirmed to Harper’s Bazaar.
The couple’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, isn’t in the image. But Harry and Meghan’s faces are beaming. This news comes just three months after Meghan revealed in an essay for The New York Times that she had a miscarriage in July. She wrote:
“After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
What was Queen Elizabeth II’s reaction to Harry and Meghan’s baby news?
The Duke and Duchess stepped down as senior royals early in 2020, and then relocated to Santa Barbara, California. According to CNN, they announced the baby news to their family before announcing it to the world.
Buckingham Palace confirmed to CNN that Queen Elizabeth II had been informed of the impending arrival of her 10th great-grandchild, and she’s reportedly “delighted” by the news.
Their announcement also comes off the heels of Meghan’s landmark win in the lawsuit against the British press. The former actor had sued U.K. tabloids for publishing a private letter she wrote to her father, Thomas Markle, and the court ruled in her favor on Feb. 11.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s pregnancy announcement photo was shot on an iPad
Now, the couple is able to share their happy news without the stress of the intense court case. And based on the pregnancy announcement photo, they are in pure bliss. And the photo has a more special meaning than meets the eye.
According to CNN, the photo was shot by their photographer friend, Misan Harriman, remotely on an iPad. Harriman is the first Black person to ever shoot the September cover of British Vogue in the magazine’s history. He told British Vogue that shooting this pregnancy announcement for the couple further confirmed that they are “absolute soulmates.”
“With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates,” Harriman said. “When you see people who have the connection that they have, it’s like reading the pages of a book.”
Harriman also revealed he helped Meghan meet Harry in the first place.
“To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship,” he said. “Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry. I’m grateful for whatever small part I played.”
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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