It’s a happy day for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have announced they are expecting their second child. Their first son Archie, was born in May 2019.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said in a statement on Valentine’s Day, 7News reports. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
The statement was released alongside a beautiful black-and-white portrait of the couple. In the photograph, Harry, 36, can be seen cradling Meghan, 39, while she holds her baby bump. The photo was taken by their good friend, photographer Misan Harriman.
“Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow,” she captioned the post. “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”
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To make the pregnancy announcement even more special, royal expert and reporter Omid Scobie pointed out on Twitter, that on Valentine’s Day 37 years ago, Harry’s parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced they were expecting him.
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
Fans of the Sussexes were quick to congratulate the couple on the exciting news, with one writing: “Wonderful news and gorgeous shot!”
Another added: “Beautiful photo! I hope they have a peaceful pregnancy.” While a third wrote: “Congratulations, beautiful news.”
The happy news comes after the duchess revealed she had suffered a miscarriage in an opinion piece published in The New York Times last November. Meghan wrote about the heartbreaking experience in detail in a bid to raise awareness of the “taboo” subject, revealing she “felt a sharp cramp” while getting her son Archie ready one morning in July.
“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,” Meghan wrote in the frank piece titled ‘The Losses We Share’ at the time. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The duchess then described how she and Harry were both in tears as she lay in a hospital bed hours later. She did not reveal how far along in the pregnancy she had been.