Archie Harrison is going to have a little brother or sister! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their pregnancy on Valentine’s Day, which means no amount of baby brain will keep her from remembering when they went public. They shared the sweetest photo to mark the news, which shows the pair cuddling in the grass, presumably at their home in Montecito, Calif.
Meghan’s bump is on full display in her sleeveless white dress, lying on her husband’s lap with her hand on her bump and his hand stroking her hair. Like any second-time mom, Meghan seems to be recycling her maternity wear—according to British Vogue, the Carolina Herrera dress that she wore for the shoot was designed during her first pregnancy. The photo was taken remotely by their longtime friend, photographer Misan Harriman.
“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,” Misan told the fashion mag. “When you see people who have the connection that they have, it’s like reading the pages of a book.” Is somebody chopping onions in here?
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But in case the photo wasn’t proof enough, an official statement accompanied it: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
We wonder how this pregnancy is going for Meghan, who faced so much unfair scrutiny when she was pregnant with Archie. This seems like a serious improvement—the mom to be is relaxed in the grass, back home in California with her mom Doria nearby and away from the tabloids that made her life so hellish.
Back in London, the royal family— who just last week welcomed a new member, Harry’s cousin Princess Eugenie‘s first baby with Jack Brooksbank—shared their excitement. “Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire royal family are delighted and wish them well.”
The news of Harry and Meghan’s rainbow baby comes just a few months after she wrote a heartbreaking New York Times essay in which she shared that they’d suffered a miscarriage last summer. Meghan gave insight into the moment she realized she was miscarrying, dropping to the floor and singing a lullaby as she held baby Archie, and her experience afterwards in the hospital with Harry.
She said she opened up to help make the subject of pregnancy loss less taboo. “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.”
We are so happy for Meghan and Harry, who have been hard at work on their Archewell charity and accompanying podcast. If there’s one silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that they’re forced to chill at home and hopefully, despite having a toddler, Meghan can put her feet up a bit more than she would in the Before Times. A video she did for Save The Child UK last spring was the cutest glimpse into the family’s home life (is Archie not the epitome of toddler here?!).
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Last April, in a call with the charity WellChild, adorable dad Prince Harry talked about how much the couple, who left their roles as senior royals last year, is loving this forced family time.
“There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time—so much family time—that you almost think, ‘Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?’ ” he said. “You’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there’s going to be something that you have to deal with and there’s no way you can run away from it.”
This was shortly before Harry was said to be blowing up balloons and hanging decorations for Archie’s first birthday. The family celebrated with a homemade strawberries and cream smash cake and lots of Zooming with family and friends.
Baby Sussex number two will be eighth-in-line to the British throne when they make their debut later this year—after big bro Archie turns two on May 6.