Their daughter is due in summer, they said. They also added that they would only have two children and no more.
It's official! Little Archie is going to a big brother. Last month, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had announced that they are expecting their second child. In their recent sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple shared that they were expecting a baby girl. "To have a boy then a girl — what more can you ask for?" Harry said. They also added that wouldn't be having more children after this. "Two is it," they added, according to PEOPLE. As for what Harry felt when he heard the news, he responded: "Grateful, having any child, any one or a two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl . . . now we've got our family and we've got four of us." They also announced that their daughter is due in the summer.
“It’s a girl.”— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 8, 2021
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have revealed the sex of their second baby, expected this summer. Follow live updates from their interview with Oprah: https://t.co/SlHAZN1PzF pic.twitter.com/gsKgPwRMAl
Meghan and Harry announced the news of their pregnancy in February via a black-and-white photo taken remotely on an iPad by their friend and longtime photographer, Misan Harriman. In the photo, we see a smiling Harry gaze at Meghan lovingly while she cradles her tummy as she rests on his lap. The news arrived several months after the 39-year-old former actress had suffered a miscarriage in July last year. In a New York Times column from November, she said: "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few."
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!#remoteshoot #shotonipad #shotbymisan pic.twitter.com/3iSYjydVj9— Misan Harriman (@misanharriman) February 14, 2021
Meghan also revealed that life in the royal household took a staggering toll on her mental health to the point where she even contemplated suicide. According to The New York Times, she said: "I was ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. I knew that if I didn’t say it, I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore." She even sought help from "the institution," who she described as the people running the business of the royal palace, but was turned away because she was told that she was not an employee.
Meghan Markle told Oprah Winfrey that she had suicidal thoughts after marrying Prince Harry, and the palace prevented her from getting help. She says she told Harry she "didn't want to be alive anymore." https://t.co/guVDqHlAsU— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) March 8, 2021
She also revealed that when she was pregnant with Archie, members of the family told them that they were concerned about how dark the color of their baby's skin would be and that they didn't want their unborn child to be a prince or princess. She did not say who said this nor offered any more details. Among the other bombshells dropped during the interview was Harry's strained relationship with his father, Prince Charles, who "stopped taking his calls at one point — because 'there’s a lot of hurt that has happened.'" This happened after they announced that they would be stepping away from royal duties.
"I feel very let down because he's been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like. And Archie is his grandson," Harry said, reports CNN. However, the relationship, though strained, appears to have the father-son duo on talking terms again. "I will always love him," Harry added. "I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship."
My heart goes out to Megan and Harry for what they’ve been through. So happy they have each other.— Elite Vintage (@EliteVintage1) March 8, 2021
Harry also admitted that he was also financially cut off from his family, but he was able to manage with whatever was left courtesy his mother. He said: "My family literally cut me off financially in the first half of 2020 but I have what my Mum left me and without that we wouldn’t have been able to do this. It’s like she saw it coming and she’s been with us through this whole process."
Oprah's interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will go down in history, alongside Martin Bashir's famous 1995 interview with Princess Diana. A picture of the royal family, and the English elite, reckoning with race, mental health and celebrity culture.— Liam Stack (@liamstack) March 8, 2021