Prince Harry and Meghan Markle acknowledge Princess Diana in their pregnancy news with this sweet gesture


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed they are expecting their second baby on Valentine’s Day - exactly 37 years to the date that Lady Diana shared her second pregnancy to the public. 

The royal couple’s timing of the announcement was reportedly a nod to the Princess of Wales, with Harry wishing to keep her legacy alive by aligning his calendar with that of his late mother. 

Harry and Meghan’s pregnancy news was confirmed by a spokesperson on Sunday, who revealed the couple’s excitement at the expansion of their family. “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 statement was accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of Harry and Meghan relaxing outdoors, casually dressed and gazing into each other’s eyes. The news comes as an emotional milestone for the couple, following Meghan’s devastating miscarriage last year. 

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Royal followers were quick to clock the déjà vu of Princess Diana’s second pregnancy announcement in 1984, taking to social media to praise the couple for their poignant acknowledgement.  

“Harry always including his mother. Imagine if it's a girl,” one fan wrote. "Diana's granddaughter could be an American citizen born in the US. So fantastic."

While it’s still early days, bookies are already taking bets on baby names - with expectations high that the couple will call their daughter ‘Diana’ after the iconic princess.

This isn’t the first time Harry has celebrated his mother’s memory in his personal life. The Duke paid homage to Princess Diana in his engagement ring to Meghan Markle in 2017, which included yellow diamonds from her jewelry box. 

This decision to use the precious stones in the design was driven by Harry’s commitment to carrying his mother with him at all times. 

“The little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this - on this crazy journey together,” he added.

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.