The first-born of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archie, is going to be a big brother soon. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Sunday, February 14 that they are expecting their second child.
Their exciting news came on a special day as it also honours the 37th anniversary, to the day, that Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced they were expecting their second child Prince Harry back in 1984, according to BAZAAR.com‘s Royal Editor at Large, Omid Scobie.
Newspaper clippings from the time include public statements from Buckingham Palace that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were “delighted” by the news. Princess Diana, then aged 22, had “no preference whether it is a boy or girl.” Prince Harry was born a few months later on September 15, 1984.
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
On Sunday night, the royal couple shared a sweet image to reveal their pregnancy. Th close friend and photographer Misan Harriman remotely captured the black-and-white snap of the pair using an iPad. The glowing parents can be seen sitting in their garden while Duchess Meghan cradles her growing belly.
“Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow,” Harriman wrote when sharing the image. “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”
A spokesperson for the couple also said to PEOPLE: “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 couple’s happy news comes months after Meghan shared that she had suffered a miscarriage in July 2020.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times in November 2020.
“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.”
The couple made the landmark announcement of stepping down from their royal duties in January 2020 and distanced themselves from the royal family.
Picture: Twitter / Misan Harriman