Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Expecting 2nd Baby — History of Royal Pregnancy Announcements

On Valentine's Day. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the arrival of their second child sometime in 2021, after a heartbreaking miscarriage in July 2020.

On February 14, 2021. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announced that they are expecting another baby, six months after she suffered a traumatic miscarriage. The Royal couple's announcement is a sweet tribute to Harry's mother, Princess Diana.

Over the years, the announcements of Royal pregnancies have varied, from the official, adhering to a strict protocol, to personal announcements made by the younger members of the family who have embraced a more modern approach.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announce their engagement on November 27, 2017 in London, England | Source: Getty Imagesd

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan announce their engagement on November 27, 2017 in London, England | Source: Getty Imagesd

PRINCE HARRY AND DUCHESS MEGHAN

The announcement that the new Duchess of Sussex was pregnant with the couple's first child five months after their wedding was made through the very proper means of the Royal press secretary in October 2018. 

The arrival of a second baby, a sibling for their son Archie, now 1, was announced with a lovely black and white informal snap of the Royal couple in which the Duchess' baby bump is clearly visible. 

REMEMBERING DIANA

In a sweet gesture, the announcement was made on ValentinesDay, the same date 37 seven years ago that Kensington Palace had announced that Princess Diana was expecting Harry 

On February 14, 2021, Harry remembered his mother, and perhaps if the new baby is a girl, she might be named Diana after her sadly deceased grandmother, the people's beloved Princess.

The communication between the Royal Family and the people has changed with regards to the stork's arrival.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leaving St George's Chapel after their wedding on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leaving St George's Chapel after their wedding on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

The Duchess of Sussex had opened up about the pain she and her husband had gone through when her second pregnancy had ended in miscarriage in July 2020, the first time a Royal had shared such an intimate ordeal.

Duchess Meghan's second pregnancy will be lived away from the restrictions and protocol of Kensington Palace since the couple renounced their positions as senior members of the Royal Family and moved to the United States in 2020.

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day, April 29, 2011 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day, April 29, 2011 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

ROYAL BABIES ON THE WAY

Prince William and Duchess Kate inadvertently broke protocol when the Duchess was hospitalized with a severe form of morning sickness that was to plague her throughout her three pregnancies.

The public speculation led the Royal couple to announce the impending arrival of Prince George before the usual 12-week scan. Their niece, Princess Eugenie, and her husband Jack Brooksbank made a formal announcement that they were expecting in September of 2020.

Princess Diana at the Elysee Palace in 1988 in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana at the Elysee Palace in 1988 in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

PRINCESS DIANA PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kensington Palace announced that Princess Diana and Prince Charles were expecting their first child on 5 November 1981, four months after their July wedding. The announcement stated:

“The Prince and Princess of Wales, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and members of both families are delighted by the news."

The Princess' second pregnancy was announced on February 13, 1984, while Diana was in Oslo, and Valentine's Day was forgotten with the news hogging the headlines all over the world.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pose for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in 1958 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pose for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in 1958 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

To have an idea of how much the communication between the Royal Family and the people has changed with regards to the stork's arrival, we only have to look back to how Queen Elizabeth's pregnancy with Prince Charles was announced.

In 1948, Kensington Palace simply stated that the then Princess of Wales would be "undertake no public engagements" after June of that year. The word "pregnancy" or even "expecting" wasn't even mentioned... Times change.

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