The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they are expecting a younger brother or sister for their one-year-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
A spokesperson for the couple said in a statement: “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 shared a black and white picture of themselves, sat under a tree with Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lay in his lap cradling her bump.
Misan Harriman, a friend of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the photographer who took the photo that accompanied their pregnancy announcement, tweeted: “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 baby will be eighth in line to the British throne.
Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Their son Archie was born a year later.
In early 2020, the couple announced they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They recently bought a house in Santa Barbara, California.
In November, Meghan revealed that she had a miscarriage in July 2020, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.