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A spokesman for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Valentine's Day on Sunday, February 14, 2021 that the royal couple is expecting another baby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted for Archie to be a big brother who will turn 2 years old on May 6.
This is exciting news for the couple because Meghan suffered a miscarriage last July. Her moving article about the traumatic experience was published in the New York Times. She revealed how the miscarriage shattered her heart.
The due date for her "rainbow baby" has not been revealed. That is what a baby is called after the death of a previous baby, whether the loss was because of a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or any other kind of infant death.
Timing of the Announcement
The time of the announcement was deliberate because of a significant meaning. Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, announced she was expecting her second child, Prince Harry, on February 13, 1984. The news was reported in the newspapers on Valentine’s Day.
Another reason the announcement to the public came on Valentine's Day is that the couple received so much love after the miscarriage that they wanted to share the love and confirm their joyful news on the perfect day when everyone was more open for love.
About the Photo
A beautiful black and white photograph accompanied the Valentine’s Day announcement. The 36-year-old father is seen sitting on the ground under a tree with his bare feet showing. He has a big smile on his face while looking lovingly at his wife. He holds her head with one hand as she rests it on his lap. Meghan cradles her enlarged baby bump that indicates that she is well along in her pregnancy. The 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex wears the same flowing, casual Carolina Herrera dress by Wes Gordon that she wore when she was pregnant with Archie. The sun is shining on the happy couple through the trees which is a symbol of hope and restoration.
There is an interesting story about the photo. The photographer was interviewed on Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 16, just a couple of days after the photo was revealed along with the announcement.
The photo was taken by Misan Harriman, a friend of the couple while he was in London, England and Prince Harry and Meghan were in Santa Barbara, California thousands of miles away. How could that have been? Harriman explained that the picture was taken remotely on his iPad.
Harriman explained the setting. “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 soul mates." He said his job was not challenging at all. He added that it was easy to capture the photo because their strong bond was so obvious.
Harriman's tweet to his friend: “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honored to capture its growth. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”
No Official Announcement From Palace
Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace knew about the pregnancy before it was revealed to the public. Since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties over a year ago and are no longer senior royals, the palace was not responsible for making the official announcement as it was done for the first pregnancy.
Even so, a spokesperson for the palace told The Daily Beast that Queen Elizabeth and the entire family are delighted about the news.
Privacy Will Be Different
Since settling down in California, the couple has more privacy than when they were with the royal family. They have kept a lower profile even though they are still working with their charitable causes and launching their multimedia organization, Archewell.
The duchess might not get as many criticisms as she did with her first pregnancy. She made official royal appearances and was constantly photographed in different maternity clothes which were often talked about. A lot of people criticized her because she cradled her growing baby bump throughout her entire pregnancy.
During this pregnancy, Meghan is not expected to be seen in public as much as she was seen during her first pregnancy. Therefore, the criticisms are expected to be fewer and further apart.