Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their second child together nearly two years after the birth of their son, Archie.
A spokesperson for the couple confirmed the news, saying the couple is “overjoyed” to be welcoming a new child. The news comes after it was revealed Meghan suffered a miscarriage in July of last year.
“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” a spokesperson for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”
In the announcement, the couple shared a intimate black-and-white photo that shows Markle cradling her baby bump. Archie will be two years old in May and is seventh in line to the throne.
Markle wrote about her miscarriage in an article in the New York Times, sharing she experienced “unbearable grief” back in July when she knew she lost her second child.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
The new arrival will be the first baby of British royal descent to be born in the United States after Duke and Duchess of Sussex quit their Royal positions late last year. After quitting and coming to America, the couple purchased a $14 million home in California.
The couple welcome Archie in 2019, a smiling Prince Harry spoke to the media outside the couple’s former home, Frogmore Cottage.
“It’s been the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine,” Harry said. “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, and we’re both absolutely thrilled.”
Markle spoke openly about struggling undergoing media scrutiny when she was pregnant and spoke to London’s ITV in 2019.
“Look, any woman, especially when they’re pregnant — you’re really vulnerable,” she said. “So that was made really challenging. And then, when you have a newborn, you know?”
Wanting to be financially independent, Meghan and Harry partnered with Spotify and Netflix, following in the footsteps of the Obamas. Markle is also turning to investing, turning to woman-owned coffee brand Clevr.