Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a baby, spokesperson confirms

The Duchess of Sussex is expecting another baby with Prince Harry. Representatives for the couple confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday evening. 

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A spokesperson for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced: “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.”

A source close to the couple told HELLO!: “Everybody is happy and healthy. The couple said they received so much love after their loss last year that they wanted to share love back and confirm their news of joy. Today felt like the perfect day to do that.”

Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are said to be “delighted” and to wish them well.

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The announcement was accompanied by a gorgeous black-and-white photo of the pair showing Meghan with her head in Harry’s lap as she cradles her baby bump.

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The shot was that was taken remotely by photographer and friend of the couple Misan Harriman.

The Duchess is wearing a long dress by Carolina Herrera, which she also wore during her pregnancy with Archie. 

The couple released a gorgeous picture taken in their LA home

Sweetly, the news echoes Princess Diana’s announcement of her pregnancy with Prince Harry, on Valentine’s Day back in 1984. 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland were all informed of news before the announcement.

The baby will be eighth-in-line to the throne when he or she is born, after brother Archie in seventh place and Harry in sixth.

The Duke of York will move down to ninth-in-line, while his youngest daughter Princess Eugenie will drop out of the top ten, after the birth of Harry and Meghan’s next child.

Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank’s first child, who was born earlier this week, will quickly move to twelfth place after Harry and Meghan’s new baby is born. 

The Duchess of Sussex is expected to give birth in a US hospital, given that she and the Duke moved to the States in March 2020, after their decision to step back from royal life. 

The couple welcomed their son Archie in May 2019

Details around the birth have not been confirmed and Harry and Meghan are likely to keep them private, in line with the precedent they set with their first child Archie. The tot was born on 6 May 2019 at the private Portland Hospital in London.

Archie was christened in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle in July 2019, which was attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Doria, who flew in from the United States.

The new baby is unlikely to be given a title like his or her big brother. Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or he could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but instead he is simply known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

A source said at the time of his birth: “[Harry and Meghan] have chosen not to use a courtesy title.”

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