4 Slick Ways Meghan Markle Hid Her Baby Bump Before Pregnancy Announcement

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is in the headlines more than ever these days, especially after the details just revealed from Meghan’s big interview with Oprah Winfrey, many more are excited about her recent pregnancy announcement. As fans wait to learn more about the highly-anticipated second baby for Prince Harry and Meghan — who just revealed they are having a baby girl — they are looking to the past few months, for examples of how the duchess smartly disguised her growing bump until she was ready to share the news with the world.

When did Meghan Markle announce her second pregnancy?

Meghan Markle smiling and giving a wave to the crowd during visit to Northern Ireland
Meghan Markle smiling and giving a wave to the crowd during visit to Northern Ireland | Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

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On Valentine’s Day, Meghan and Prince Harry revealed that they are expecting their second child. The news was especially joyous since, only a few months prior, Meghan had announced that she had suffered a devastating miscarriage in the summer of 2020.

“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 Meghan and Prince Harry announced.

Details are sparse regarding the due date, but it is likely that Markle has known about her pregnancy for some months, as evidenced by some of the clever ways she has worked to hide her bump. 

Meghan Markle utilized tricky camera angles to hide her bump

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According to a report by Us Weekly, Meghan has been working hard to hide her growing bump. While she has only been seen out and about occasionally, she has been attending some Zoom meetings and doing some remote interviews. During these interviews, however, she has been careful to angle the camera up, squarely on her face, to avoid giving anyone a look at her baby bump. 

Social distancing kept Meghan Markle away from the crowds

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The COVID-19 pandemic might have sidelined many of Meghan and Prince Harry’s plans for 2020, but it gave them the added advantage of privacy for the early days of Meghan’s pregnancy. The former actress was able to avoid crowds, and for the most part, they have only attended events virtually over the past year. 

Meghan Markle has been dressing in layers

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When Meghan and Prince Harry did decide to go out, such as for a recent outing in December 2020 for a casual family day, Meghan utilized a lot of layering. While this was partially due to the chilly weather in California at the time, it gave the mom-to-be the added advantage of allowing her to fully disguise her bump. Her ruse worked, and prior to their big announcement on Valentine’s Day, no one really guessed that she was pregnant. 

Meghan Markle used special placement to hide her baby bump

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Finally, Meghan utilized clever camera angles and item placement to hide her growing belly. In their 2020 holiday card, which featured an oil painting of the couple and their son, Archie Harrison, one of the couple’s dogs can be seen directly in front of her belly, disguising the small bump.

Meghan also worked the calendar to her advantage, planning out a series of pre-taped interviews for various special occasions and events. These were all taped well before her bump grew to obvious proportions, allowing Markle to keep her secret until she was ready to share it with the world.

It is clear the royal couple are thriving, and eagerly looking forward to the arrival of their second child.