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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the 2019 Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s family of three is about to become a family of four, as Meghan Markle is expecting her second child with Prince Harry.

The happy news was announced on Sunday 14 February, confirmed by a spokesperson for the couple: ‘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 Duke and Duchess of Sussex at a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House, 2019

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The pair are already parents to one-year-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on 6 May 2019. In November 2020, the Duchess revealed in an essay for the New York Times that she had suffered a miscarriage in July, writing of ‘an almost unbearable grief experienced by many but talked about by few’.

Following Megxit, the family swapped royal life at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor for California, where they now work as public speakers and documentary producers. They currently live in a sprawling mansion in Montecito, rumoured to be worth $14.7 million.

When she was pregnant with Archie, Meghan eschewed royal tradition and protocol in favour of doing things her own way. As such, the couple did not announce when Meghan went in to labour, and decided not to use the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, as her sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge and mother-in-law Diana, Princess of Wales, did.

Pregnant Meghan at the Fashion Awards in 2018

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Instead, Buckingham Palace announced Meghan’s labour at 1pm less than an hour before Harry and Meghan themselves revealed that Archie had been born that morning at 5.26am, via their own Instagram account. With Harry and Meghan now living stateside, and no longer working as senior members of the Royal Family, it is thought that they will make the announcement of this new arrival on their own terms once again.

It was later revealed that despite wanting a home birth, Meghan had been forced to give birth at Portland Hospital, the same place that Sarah, Duchess of York had her daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Princess Eugenie also recently gave birth to her own child, a baby boy, at the Portland.

Prince Harry and Meghan after the birth of their first child, Archie Mountbatten

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If the couple remain in California, it will be the first baby in the direct line of succession of the House of Windsor to be born in the USA. The new baby will be eighth in line to the throne, and will likely also not have a royal title, like elder brother Archie.

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