It is certainly a very happy Valentine’s Day for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who announced on February 14 that baby Archie Harrison, who will turn 2 in May, is going to be a big brother. The couple is expecting baby No. 2.
“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,” a spokesperson for the two said in a statement.
The exciting announcement came paired with a black-and-white photo of the happily married couple canoodling in the park. Meghan, donning a flowy sleeveless dress by Carolina Herrera, is laying in the grass with her head in Harry’s lap. The smiling Duke of Sussex is cradling his wife’s head, and the Duchess' small (but obvious) bump is on full display.
On Twitter, the photographer of their pregnancy announcement, Misan Harriman, wrote, “Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honoured to capture it grow. Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!”
The happy announcement comes after Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, shared the news that the former Suits actress suffered a miscarriage last July while cradling Archie in her arms.
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In a candid and heartbreaking op-ed for The New York Times in November 2020, the mother wrote about the “unbearable grief” she and Harry endured.
“Something was not right,” she wrote at the time. “I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child that I was losing my second.”
Markle was in the hospital with her husband several hours later. “I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”
She added, “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”
Markle suffered the miscarriage in July 2020 but had not announced that she was pregnant before penning her op-ed. As they grieved their baby, she recalled watching Harry’s “heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine.”
She didn't share how far along she was in her pregnancy but most miscarriages happen within the first trimester of pregnancy, and approximately one in eight pregnancies end in miscarriages. The former actress used the personal article as a call for people to be more open about their experiences and feelings.