Harry and Meghan Have Spilled All the Tea—Including the Sex of Baby No. 2
Last night Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down for an exclusive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. The two spilled the tea on almost everything royal—and even revealed the sex of their second child.
The couple revealed that they are currently expecting a girl, a fact that many fans had guessed at after Meghan was seen wearing a pink sapphire cocktail during a recent public appearance. “To have any child would’ve been amazing,” Harry said during the interview. “But to have a boy and a girl, what more could you ask for?” The baby girl is due sometime this summer. The couple also revealed they only plan to have two kids. “Two is it,” they said.
Harry and Meghan first announced the news over the weekend on Valentine’s Day, with a stunning black and white image. In the image, Meghan, smiling and holding her bump, is resting in Harry’s lap and looking up at him. Since the announcement, many have speculated whether the couple will name the baby girl after Harry’s late mom, Diana.
“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,” a spokesperson for the couple told the outlet. Buckingham Palace also released a statement saying, "Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and the entire family are ‘delighted’ and wish them well.”
The news came a couple months after Meghan revealed she had suffered a miscarriage in July 2020. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second….Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote at the time in a powerful and honest essay for The New York Times.
She addressed her miscarriage with Oprah, saying that she had already lost so much in search of the truth and refused to live in fear. “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us. That at a certain point, you’re going to go, 'But you guys, someone just tell the truth.’ …And if that comes with the risk of losing things, I mean, I’ve lost…there’s a lot that’s been lost already. I’ve lost my father, I lost a baby, I nearly lost my name. But I’m still standing.”
Back in October 2019, Markle admitted during an interview she was having a really hard time as a new mom. In the tell-all interview, Markle revealed the extent of that hurt and pain. She told Winfrey she had suicidal thoughts during her time as a royal, explaining, “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. That was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought."
“My biggest concern was history repeating itself,” Harry also said. “You know, for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for [my mother] going through this process by herself all those years ago.”
Throughout the interview, the couple maintained that stepping back had been the best course for their family, as race played a big role in how the family was treated. Meghan explained that Archie wasn’t given the title of prince and, while outlets at the time said it was Harry and Meghan’s decision, it actually was not. The couple still isn’t entirely clear why, but it’s a safe assumption that it has to do with race. “There [were] conversations with Harry about how dark your baby is going to be and what that would mean or look like,” Meghan said.
She added that ultimately, what mattered more to her than Archie being given a title, was the lack of security he was given. “All the grandeur surrounding this stuff is an attachment I don’t have. I’ve been a waitress, an actress, a princess, a duchess. I’m clear on who I am independent of that stuff. The most important title I will ever have is ‘Mom,’" she told Winfrey.
While the couple went through a lot during their time as active royals, it seems they are much happier now and on the path to healing. Towards the end of the interview, Meghan compared her experience with that of Ariel’s from The Little Mermaid.
“I was sitting in Nottingham cottage and The Little Mermaid came on. And who as an adult really watches The Little Mermaid but it came on and I was like, ‘Well I’m here all the time I might as well watch this,’ and I went, 'Oh my God she falls in love with the prince and because of that she loses her voice,’” Meghan said, adding, “But in the end she gets her voice back.”