Royal family 'delighted' about Harry and Meghan's baby news

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Harry and Meghan's royal relatives are 'delighted' by the news the pair are welcoming their second child together, according to an official statement released by Kensington Palace.

In a very brief statement released on Monday, the palace confirmed they were aware of the news, and expressed the happiness of all the members of the family.

Harry Meghan Queen Elizabeth photograph represents baby number two news and royal reaction
The palace has broken its silence on Harry and Meghan's happy news. Photo: Getty Images

"Her Majesty, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and entire family are ‘delighted’ and wish them well," a spokesperson for the Palace told UK publication The Mirror.

The publication also reports that insiders confirmed the family were informed of the happy news before it hit headlines this morning.

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The news that the Sussexes reached out directly gives hope to royal fans that the long-reported rift between the pair and the rest of the family following their January 2020 decision to leave their roles in the family is on the mend.

Prince William The Duke of Cambridge and Catherine The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Meghan The Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey as rift rumours abate in wake of pregnancy announcement from Meghan
The brief, but happy response from the palace could be a sign the royal rift is on the mend. Photo: Getty Images

This morning fans of the now-California-based family were delighted to wake up to the news that the pair are expecting a baby brother or sister for their child, Archie.

“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother," a spokesperson for the family revealed in a joint statement shared with the press. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

Alongside the joyous news was an adorable black and white snap taken in the gardens of their Californian mansion showing Meghan resting her head in Harry's lap, cradling a growing baby bump, while a relaxed Harry sprawls on the lawn, no shoes and seemingly no worries.

The happy tidings come on the back of the tragic revelation by Meghan last year that she had suffered a miscarriage.

Meghan The Duchess of Sussex was pregnant with her second child but suffered a miscarriage now pregnant again
Meghan and Harry's happy news comes on the back of tragic loss in 2020. Photo: Getty Images

The sad experience was shared by the Duchess of Sussex in July, when she penned a deeply personal article for the New York Times, writing: “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

Meghan was praised for the ‘brave’ move she took in penning the essay, with many women who have gone through the same thing claiming it makes them feel ‘less alone’.

It hasn't been all happy and celebratory for the couple, however, who predictably stirred up some less than generous responses from some, most notably a scathing cover story from UK tabloid The Daily Star.

The cover of Monday's edition of the paper has blown up on social media after using the headline, "Publicity-shy woman tells 7.69bn people: 'I'm pregnant'", while covering the Sussexes faces with black bars.

BBC News editor Allie Hodgkins-Brown shared a photo of the cover on Twitter, in which Meghan was called a "shy woman" and Harry was referred to as her "ginger beau".

The caption on the image also labelled the pair as a "totally normal couple doing normal things", while also pointing out the photo they chose to announce the news resembled "scenes that could have been straight from a romcom".

Within a few hours, the tweet and cover image had gone viral, with people slamming the move as "nasty" and "disgusting".

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