LONDON – Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are expecting their second child, their spokesman said on Sunday with good news after a turbulent year in which they broke away from the British royal family, started new lives in California and suffered an abortion that Meghan said brought “almost unbearable grief.”
“We can confirm that Archie will be a big brother,” the spokesman said in a statement, referring to the couple’s almost 2-year-old son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are “very happy to be expecting their second child,” it said.
The statement did not say when the duchess was to give birth or whether the couple knew the sex of the baby. They released an artistic, black-and-white photo of them relaxing lovingly under a tree, a baby bump clearly visible on Meghan.
For the 39-year-old American actress who was beaten Duchess, the news is extremely welcome given the anxiety of her abortion last July, which she recalled in a completely personal way in a column in The New York Times in November last year, which attracted an extraordinary worldwide response.
“After changing her diaper, I felt a sharp cramp,” Meghan wrote of her son Archie, describing the morning. “I fell to the floor with him in my arms and hummed a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful melody a stark contrast to my feeling that something was wrong.”
“I knew when I grabbed my firstborn baby,” she wrote, “that I lost my second.”
Meghan put her grief in the context of a heartbreaking year in which the coronavirus pandemic took loved ones away and the Black Lives Matter protests focused on police brutality.
She also described the taboo of speaking openly about the loss of abortion, which she attributed to shame and said led to “lonely grief.”
For Meghan, the news came days after a major legal victory in the battle she and Harry have led against Britain’s tabloid press. Thursday a The High Court ruled that the publisher of The Mail on Sunday had violated Meghan’s privacy by printing a letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
The judge, Mark Warby, ruled that Meghan had “a reasonable expectation that the letter would remain private.” The information from the letter in articles published by The Mail was “manifestly exaggerated and thus illegal,” he wrote.
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