Prince Harry, Meghan Markle expecting second child; Royal family ‘delighted’

Prince Harry, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, and his wife Meghan Markle quit frontline royal duties in March 2020 and now live in California. (Photo: AFP)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “overjoyed” as they are expecting their second child, a spokesman has said.

The spokesman said, “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.”

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle hold their son Archie. (File Photo: AFP)

GOOD NEWS!

In a Valentine’s Day announcement on Sunday, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle revealed that they are expecting their second child. The couple has released a black and white image of themselves under a tree, all smiles, with Markle holding her baby bump.

The photograph was taken by a friend of the couple, Misan Harriman. In a tweet addressed to Meghan, Harriman said, “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!”

Photo: Twitter / @misanharriman

‘ENTIRE FAMILY WISHES THEM WELL’

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said, “Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well.”

Harry, who is Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson, and Meghan quit frontline royal duties in March 2020 and now live in California. The first senior royal due to be born outside Britain in 100 years. The baby will be “a first” for the immediate royal family because it will have US and UK citizenship and is likely to be the first to be born outside of Britain since Prince Philip 100 years ago.

Photo: AFP

THE ‘MEGXIT’

Their departure in 2020 — dubbed ‘Megxit’ by the British press — was a far cry from 2018, when they married in a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle watched around the world. They left amid acrimony and a reported rift with Harry’s brother William, who is second in line to the throne.

Since leaving, they have launched several legal cases against news outlets alleging invasion of privacy — including one that ended on Thursday with a victory against a daily in the UK. Pressure from tabloids has dogged Harry throughout his life, and he blames them for the death of his mother Princess Diana.

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