A spokesperson for the couple confirmed Sunday in a statement to USA TODAY that Prince Harry, Duke Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are expecting. The news means a baby brother or sister for their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Valentine's Day statement did not say when or where the baby would be born. The couple have been living in Southern California since March, just before the pandemic shut down travel around the world.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's friend, photographer Misan Harriman, posted a new black-and-white photo of the couple on Instagram to celebrate the news. In it, a barefoot Harry sits on the grass, with Meghan in his lap, her hand draped over a prominent baby bump visible under her casual maxi-dress.
This child will be a member of the British royal family but is likely to be American-born, now that Harry, 36, and the former Meghan Markle, 39, are living in Santa Barbara County, California, close to where Markle was born and raised.
The new baby will be the 10th or 11th great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and her husband, Prince Philip, 99. Archie was the eighth and their granddaughter Princess Eugenie gave birth to her first child, a boy, on Feb. 9. Granddaughter Zara Phillips Tindall is also expecting her third child.
Harry and Meghan's second child, the fifth grandchild for Prince Charles, will be eighth in line to the throne, just behind Archie and Harry and following his Cambridge cousins, Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. Like Archie, the second Sussex baby is unlikely to get a title from the queen: Harry and Meghan turned one down for Archie.
Source: USA Today