Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Planning a Home Birth For Baby No. 2

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in February 2021 that they’re expecting their second child. The news came only a few months after Meghan penned a heartfelt essay about her miscarriage, which occurred after the two welcomed Archie in 2019.

Now, Harry and Meghan are looking toward welcoming a daughter — and Meghan is reportedly planning for a home birth.

Meghan Markle looks at Prince Harry at a royal outing in 2018
Meghan Markle looks at Prince Harry at a royal outing in 2018 | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lost Meghan’s second pregnancy

Harry and Meghan were overjoyed when they welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison, back in May 2019. The duke and duchess had wed only one year earlier, and they were itching to start a family right away.

After moving to the United States last year, Meghan became pregnant once more. But, as she wrote in a New York Times essay, she went through a miscarriage.

“After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp,” Meghan wrote. “I dropped to the floor with him in my arms … I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

Meghan later detailed her time in the hospital with her husband, as well as how much the words, “Are you OK?” can impact a person.

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Ireland in 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Ireland in 2018 | Samir Hussein/WireImage

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Meghan Markle is reportedly planning a home birth for baby no. 3

The essay, which was published in November 2020, came less than three months prior to some more exciting news: Harry and Meghan were once again expecting. The couple announced it with a loving photograph, though neither revealed how far along Meghan was or when she is due. The two then revealed during their March interview with Oprah Winfrey that they are having a girl.

According to Insider, Meghan Markle is doing the second birth differently from the first. Meghan gave birth to Archie in a London hospital, but this time around, the duchess is reportedly going with a home birth.

“She has a beautiful home in California, it’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl,” a source close to the duchess revealed. Meghan and Harry had reportedly planned to have a home birth with Archie as well, but doctors’ advice had Archie delivered in a hospital instead.

Harry and Meghan have not specified the baby’s due date, but Harry told Oprah Winfrey that it was “amazing” to learn they were having a girl. “What more can you ask for?” he added.

Prince Harry holds Meghan Markle's hand as she protects her stomach shortly after announcing pregnancy with Archie in 2018
Prince Harry holds Meghan Markle’s hand as she protects her stomach shortly after announcing pregnancy with Archie in 2018 | Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have already started decorating the baby’s nursery

Harry and Meghan are settling nicely into their Montecito, California, mansion. The two purchased the home last year, and with so many bedrooms, their daughter will certainly have the nursery of her dreams.

According to Us Weekly, Harry and Meghan have already started decorating their little girl’s nursery. A source told the magazine that Meghan is “feeling great” during this pregnancy and that the two have “already started designing the nursery.”

The couple hasn’t give details about the baby’s nursery, but fans are hoping for a photo or two once the baby is born.