Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Second Royal Birth Could Make History

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been living in the United States since March 2020. The couple announced early last year that they would step back from their roles as senior royals. Since then, they’ve been laying low in the United States. But Harry and Meghan just announced their second pregnancy, and despite not being working royals, baby no. 2 could make history.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the MLB London series game in June 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the MLB London series game in June 2019 | Dan Istitene/Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced baby no. 2 after going through a miscarriage

On Valentine’s Day this year, Harry and Meghan announced that they’re expecting their second child. The couple already shares their son, Archie, who they welcomed back in May 2019, about one year after they were married. Harry and Meghan didn’t wait long after the wedding to announce a pregnancy. The couple got married in May 2018, and Meghan was pregnant by July. The two announced their pregnancy in October of that year.

Harry, Meghan, and Archie have been living in the U.S. for just under a year, and Meghan and Harry are now preparing to welcome their second child. The couple shared a photo to mark the announcement on Feb. 14, several months after Meghan revealed that she’d gone through a miscarriage last July. Meghan and Harry have not revealed the due date or gender of their second baby.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their son, Archie, to the public in 2019
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their son, Archie, to the public in 2019 | Dominic Lipinskii/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child could make history if its born in the U.S.

Harry and Meghan haven’t released many details about their growing family, including where the duchess will give birth. Traditionally, royal women have welcomed their babies in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. But Meghan broke barriers by delivering her first son at The Portland Hospital in London.

It remains to be seen where Meghan will give birth. She might return to the U.K. so that her son, who will be royalty despite the couple’s exit, can be born a British citizen. Or, she might choose to deliver at a California hospital.

Should Meghan choose to have her baby in California, the baby will make history by being the first modern British royal born outside the United Kingdom. If Meghan gives birth in the U.S., her baby will be a U.S. citizen, though British citizenship won’t be hard to achieve. With Harry having been born and raised in the U.K., baby no. 2 would likely only have to go to the U.K. embassy in California to apply for citizenship.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at one of their final royal appearances in March 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at one of their final royal appearances in March 2020 | Samir Hussein/WireImage

Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle give their baby a royal title?

When Archie was born, Harry and Meghan opted not to give him a royal title. The two want him to be raised far more privately than Harry was raised. And it’s safe to assume that they’ll choose the same path for their next child, though it hasn’t been confirmed.

Harry and Meghan are slated to have a sit-down interview with Oprah on March 7, where it’s possible they’ll answer some of fans’ burning questions about their future baby.