Valentine’s Day announcement that Meghan Markle is pregnant comes exactly 37 years after front pages revealed Princess Diana was expecting Prince Harry
- Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to welcome a sibling for son Archie
- It appears to be an intentional nod to Harry’s late mother Princess Diana
- The world-wide media printed Diana’s announcement on February 14 in 1984
A spokesperson for Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, 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.’
It appears to be an intentional nod to Princess Diana who announced her own pregnancy with Harry on February 13 in 1984 to allow world-wide media to ready their newspaper covers for the following day.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex , who are currently residing in California , are preparing to welcome a brother or sister for their young son Archie later this year
It appears to be an intentional nod to Princess Diana who announced her own pregnancy with Harry on February 13 to allow world-wide media to ready their newspaper covers for the following day (newspaper cover from February 14)
Harry and Meghan made their announcement with a candid black and white image of Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she lay in his lap underneath a tree.
The sex of the baby, as well as the due date, remain unclear.
The couple’s news echoes Princess Diana’s announcement of her own second child – Prince Harry – which was printed in newspapers on Valentine’s Day in 1984.
The front cover of the Daily Mail from the time shared a photograph of a beaming Princess Diana as she arrived at a ballet in Oslo before stating: ‘This is the glowing smile that says it all.’
Palace officials made an announcement 37 years ago which read: ‘Both Prince Charles and Princess Diana are delighted by the news – as are the queen, Prince Philip and all the members of both families.’
The couple’s news echoes Princess Diana’s own announcement of her pregnancy with Prince Harry on Valentine’s Day in 1984 (pictured with their first child Archie who was born in May of 2019)
The couple’s news echoes Princess Diana’s own announcement of her pregnancy with Prince Harry on Valentine’s Day in 1984 (pictured six months pregnant with Harry alongside Prince Charles and baby William)
Baby Sussex will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 10th or 11th great-grandchild, depending on whether he or she arrives before or after Zara Tindall’s baby, which is also due in 2021.
The baby will be eighth in line to the throne.
The couple’s news comes just months after Meghan revealed that she lost her second child to a miscarriage in an article for the New York Times.