“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are preparing to welcome a brother or sister for their young son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
A spokesperson for the couple 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.
The couple shared a black and white picture of themselves, sat under a tree, with Harry resting his hand on Meghans head as she lay in his lap cradling her bump.
The photo was taken remotely by longtime friend and photographer Misan Harriman.
Mr Harriman shared the photo on social media, adding: 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!
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well.
It was noted on social media by fans of the couple, that the Valentines Day announcement could be a nod to Princess Diana.
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Diana and Prince Charles revealed they were execting their second child, Prince Harry, exactly 37 years ago today, in 1984.
The news of Meghans pregnancy came after Princess Eugenie gave birth to a baby boy on February 9.
The new royal baby, Eugenie and Jack Brooksbanks first child, is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburghs ninth great-grandchild.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussexs new baby arrives, they will be eighth in line to the throne and the Prince of Waless fifth grandchild.
Last year Meghan revealed she suffered a miscarriage in July 2020, while she and husband Harry were living in Los Angeles.
In a moving account written for the New York Times, Meghan described her unbearable grief and how she tried to keep a brave face in public.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had openly shared their hopes of having two children to complete their family. It was no secret they dreamed of welcoming a new addition a baby brother or sister for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town, on day three of their tour of Africa
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle embrace following the polo at Coworth Park on 7 May 2017
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Pony Major Mark Wilkinson and regimental mascot Cruachan IV during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry with girlfriend Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on 25 September 2017 in Toronto, Canada
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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto
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Prince Harry arrives with girlfriend actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario
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Meghan Markle attends the Opening Ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
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Meghan Markle on the cover of Vanity Fair
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Wheelchair Tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017
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Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announce their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace
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Larking around: Harry and Meghan pull faces in footage not shown in the BBC engagement interview
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Meghan Markle visits Nottingham for her first official public engagement with fiancee Prince Harry
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on their first official engagement together
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Meghan Markle arrives at the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair at Nottingham Contemporary
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The royal brothers and their partners on Christmas Day.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle listen to a broadcast through headphones during a visit to youth-orientated radio station, Reprezent FM, in Brixton
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Brixton,
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM in Brixton
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Loved up: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Cardiff Castle
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Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle attend a street dance class during their visit to Star Hub in during their visit to Star Hub on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit the people of Edinburgh
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
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rince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle meet a Shetland Pony as they arrive at Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh,
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Meghan Markle during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with patrons at the Social Bite in Edinburgh
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Meghan Markle arrives for a visit in Birmingham on International Women’s Day
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham
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The Reverend Canon David Stanton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbet
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ride in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after their wedding
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Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel
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Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception
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Harry and Meghan leaving Windsor Castle for the glamorous evening reception
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex head back down the Mall to Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 9, 2018
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing at South Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex are seen during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia, 27 October 2018
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the ‘Together: Our Community’ Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Britain’s Prince Harry unveil a plaque to officially open Number 7, a ‘Feeding Birkenhead’ citizens supermarket and community cafe, at Pyramids Shopping Centre, as part of a visit to Birkenhead, northwest England, Monday Jan. 14, 2019
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the National theatre in central London on January 30, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, reacts as they visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (C) help volunteers in the kitchen as they pack food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during a visit to One25 charity in Bristol, south west England on February 1, 2019
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Drapers Hall in London on February 7, 2019
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex try some food during a cooking school demonstration at Villa des Ambassadors in Rabat on the third day of their tour of Morocco
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Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duke & Duchess of Sussex, pet a horse at the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports in Rabat on February 25, 2019
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Meghan Markle wearing a short Reiss dress on International Women’s Day
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House, where they meet young people who demonstrate a Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy (maple syrup cooled on snow to make sweets) on March 11, 2019 in London
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave following a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London
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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London
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The Duchess of Cambridge (left) talks with the Duchess of Sussex (right) as they attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey,
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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, Berkshire on 8 May 2019
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses the forehead of baby Archie as his mother smiles on warmly
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in South Africa, on day two of their tour of Africa.
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Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a roundtable discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust (QCT) and One Young World at Windsor Castle
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Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex at The Fields of Remembrance in Westminster Abbey
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Harry told activist and chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall in 2019 that he would only have two children for the sake of the planet.
When Dr Goodall said: Not too many, the duke replied: Two, maximum.
The Sussexes were over the moon to welcome son Archie on May 6 2019. Harry described Archies birth as the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.
The duchess once described motherhood as being on her bucket list, while Harry often said he would love to have children, particularly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their own.
On Thursday, Meghan was granted a summary judgment in relation to her privacy legal action over the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnlines publication of a letter she wrote to her estranged father Thomas Markle.
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The judge ruled that the publication of the letter was manifestly excessive and hence unlawful.
Meghan said in a statement that the win was a victory for all because we all deserve justice and truth, and we all deserve better.
The couple quit their roles as senior working royals in March 2020 in a quest for personal and financial freedom, and now live in an £11 million house in Montecito in California.