On Sunday, February 14, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced they were expecting their second child in a touching nod to Princess Diana. “Archie’s going to be a big brother. And what timing! On Valentine’s Day 37 years ago, Princess Diana and Prince Charles announced they were expecting Harry,” wrote Elizabeth Holmes, author of HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style. Diana appeared on the cover of The Telegraph with news that she was expecting her second baby. He was born on September 15, 1984.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose Valentine's Day to announce they are expecting their second baby.
— Gareth Davies (@GD10) February 14, 2021
“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 said in the statement. They are yet to reveal any further details about the latest pregnancy, from the due date to the sex of the impending royal arrival.
This is exciting news for the couple. In November, Markle shared that she and her husband suffered a miscarriage over the summer. In a first-person essay for The New York Times, the duchess said she was holding her young son, when she felt a “sharp cramp” and dropped to the floor holding Archie in her arms. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” she wrote.
Markle gave birth to her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, May 8, 2019. While his name seems fairly tame for a celebrity-adjacent child — we’re looking at you North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm West — now we’re wondering what they will name the second child.
The royal couple doesn’t seem the type to take the Kardashian-West route, though it could be interesting if the second child’s name was somewhat of a tribute to Markle’s time in California. Although Canoga Park (the town where Markle was born) doesn’t seem to quite roll off the tongue, does it? The name London could be sweet but a little bit too on-the-nose. But Kent, where Leed’s Castle is located could be sort-of sweet, no? This is all just pure speculation, obviously.
It’s royal protocol to wait a few days to announce a new baby’s name. Back in 1982, Charles and Diana waited a week to announce Prince William’s name, and Prince Charles’s name was a mystery for about a month when he was born in 1948. And given how little we do know about the child, we’ll be waiting with bated breath for the reveal.