Earlier this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced to the world that they are expecting their second child months after they revealed that they suffered a miscarriage last summer.
A source close to the couple told People Magazine that Harry and Meghan were “hopeful that they would get pregnant again. And they were overjoyed that it happened so quickly.” Even so, after the “devastating” miscarriage, the source added that “they were both nervous, and it took them a while before they could relax and fully enjoy this pregnancy.”
They are particularly excited that their son Archie, who turns 2 in May, will get to be a big brother.
“They always wanted for Archie to have a sibling close in age,” the source explained.
This is why Archie was a major part of their pregnancy announcement earlier in the week.
“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,” their spokesperson said in revealing Meghan’s pregnancy to the world.
“They are besotted parents, and they can’t wait to share that even more with a second child,” the royal insider continued. “They are both so happy to have their little family.”
Meghan opened up about her miscarriage in an op-ed for The New York Times.
“It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib,” she wrote. “After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right. I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”
Meghan explained that she felt that she needed to speak out about her experience after she learned how common miscarriages are.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage,” she wrote. “Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”