Harry and Meghan baby news: Daughter’s birth announcement will be different to Archie’s

Meghan Markle, 39, Prince Harry, 36, and their son Archie Harrison, one, have been based in California since last spring. The family bought and moved into an £11-million mansion in Santa Barbara last summer and are expected to stay there as they prepare to welcome their new member, a baby girl. Earlier this year Meghan and Harry confirmed they were expecting their second child and revealed the baby’s sex during their interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

A lot has changed for the Sussexes since they welcomed their first son Archie Harrison to the world on May 6, 2019.

At the time of Archie’s birth, Meghan and Harry were both still working members of the monarchy and had to stick to certain traditions in the weeks and months following Archie’s arrival.

Archie’s birth was confirmed by an official announcement as is the protocol for royal babies and Harry spoke to reporters just hours after his son arrived.

Then in the days that followed Meghan and Harry stepped out for an official press photoshoot with their newborn son and confirmed his name to the public after he had met the Queen.

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Archie also had a traditional royal christening in Windsor.

And while at the time the parents’ faced flack from critics for not revealing the identity of their son’s godparents and for keeping the ceremony out of the public eye, the event was still traditional in many ways.

Archie wore the Honiton lace christening gown which has been worn by all royal babies since Queen Victoria’s time and the christening was attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

The Sussexes shared a number of photos from the day with fans on their now-defunct Sussex Royal Instagram account.

While Meghan and Harry were arguably more protective of their son’s privacy than other royal parents like William and Kate, they will be under no obligation to share details with the public when their daughter arrives.

Meghan and Harry stepped down as senior royals in March 2020 and it has since been confirmed they will not return as working members of the monarchy.

The couple are now in effect private citizens able to operate outside of royal protocol as was made clear by their sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

While they may choose to celebrate the birth of their daughter with fans as they choose fit they will be under no pressure to have a formal photo shoot or to make an official announcement.

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Asked the sex of the baby by Oprah, the couple both replied “it’s a girl.”

Sharing his excitement at finding out he was having a daughter, Harry said: “To have a boy and a girl, what more can you ask for? “Now we have our family, the four of us and our two dogs.”

Meghan and Harry’s second child will be born in the USA and is expected to have American citizenship.

She will be 8th in line to the throne and while she will be entitled to a princess title when her grandfather Prince Charles, 72, becomes king, she won’t be bound by the same royal traditions Archie was following his birth.

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