Harry and Meghan’s second baby: due date, royal name odds and latest pregnancy updates

An overjoyed Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting a baby, with Harry and Meghan preparing to welcome a brother or sister for their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who turns two in May.

The good news comes after the Duchess suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage in the summer of 2020.

How did Harry and Meghan announce the pregnancy?

The couple released a black and white photo of themselves under a tree, with Harry gazing at his wife and resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she cradles her bump.

A spokesman for the couple said: “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.”

The image was taken by Misan Harriman, a Nigerian-born British photographer who has been friends with the Sussexes for many years.

Mr Harriman took the picture remotely, with an iPad from his home in London.

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An image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was released on Valentine's Day as they announced they were expecting their second child


An image of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was released on Valentine’s Day as they announced they were expecting their second child


Credit: Misan Harriman

It is believed the couple shared the happy news with family members including the Prince of Wales, for whom the baby will be his fifth grandchild, as well as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The couple are understood to have chosen to reveal the news on Valentine’s Day “because they were happy and they liked the idea” that it was a day to celebrate love. 

The timing also echoes that of the announcement made by Diana, Princess of Wales, who revealed she was expecting her second child, Prince Harry, on February 13, 1984, news that was reported in the newspapers on Valentine’s Day.

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The Daily Telegraph front page dated Tuesday, February 14, 1984, with the announcement that Diana, Princess of Wales, was expecting her second child


The Daily Telegraph front page dated Tuesday, February 14, 1984, with the announcement that Diana, Princess of Wales, was expecting her second child

Speaking to British Vogue after the latest announcement, Mr Harriman said: “To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship.

“Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry.

“I’m grateful for whatever small part I played.”

On how he captured the image, he said: “With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates.”

When is the baby due?

It is thought that Meghan, 39, is around five months pregnant and is due in early summer. 

Where is the second baby in the line of succession?

The baby, the Queen’s tenth great-grandchild, will be eighth in line to the throne.

The first seven places will remain unchanged – the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Harry, and Archie.

Harry retained his place in the line of succession despite quitting royal life, and dropping his HRH style.

When the new addition arrives, the Duke of York, who was born second in line in 1960, will move down to ninth place.

Will the baby get a title?

The new baby will be allowed to be a Lord or a Lady, but, in keeping with Harry and Meghan’s wishes, will be a plain Master, like Archie, or Miss (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor instead.

The baby will, however, like Archie, be entitled to be an HRH and a prince or princess when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne – although it is thought unlikely that Harry and Meghan will opt for such a change.

The new baby will not require the monarch’s permission to marry.

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When the couple named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess signified they would not use a title for their first born.

He could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles – or been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, but instead he is Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Duke and Duchess broke with royal convention by making a personal decision not to use a title, thought to be inspired by Harry’s wish to have been a normal child, rather than a prince, as he grew up.

A source said of Archie’s name: “They have chosen not to use a courtesy title at this time.”

Where will the baby be born?

The Duchess is expected to welcome her second child overseas.

He or she will be the most senior royal in the current line of succession to have been born abroad.

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What nationality will the baby be?

No details have been released about the baby’s citizenship, but it is believed that the Duke and Duchess are able to apply for dual UK and US citizenship.

It is understood that the royal baby will automatically be a British citizen because of the Duke’s citizenship.

What will the baby be called?

The names Alfie and Alexandra are the favourites with one bookmaker to be picked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their new baby.

Ladbrokes has Alfie and Alexandra as frontrunners, both with odds of 4-1.

Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: “Archie was a modern twist on a traditional name, so it’s no surprise Charles/Charlie are up there as things stand at 5-1 apiece.”

Other names favoured by punters include Elizabeth and Philip – the names of Harry’s grandparents the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh – with odds of 6-1, while Diana, the name of the duke’s mother, is priced at 10-1.

Diana is the joint favourite with bookmaker Coral with odds of 10-1 alongside Thomas, the moniker of Meghan’s father Thomas Markle.

The firm has priced Spencer at 12-1 and Albert, Philip and Elizabeth, all 16-1, are the other names near the top of Coral’s market.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Spencer, Albert and Philip are all in the mix, whilst Alice and Emma are two outside picks for girls’ names.”

Oliver and Diana are the joint 8-1 favourites with Betfair for the new baby, with an outside bet the 25-1 name Doria – the moniker of Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “Having picked Archie – a name that wasn’t even on our list, for their first child – the odds suggest Meghan and Prince Harry could opt for a more traditional name for their second with Oliver and Diana the joint 8/1 favourites with Betfair.

“Other names with royal connections are also towards the top of the betting including Arthur and Grace, both at 10-1, and Philip, Albert, George and Isabella all at 12-1.”

What have family members said so far?

Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the “entire family” are “delighted” and wish them well, Buckingham Palace said.

What have Meghan and Harry said about parenthood so far?

The Duke and Duchess both had long-held ambitions to become parents.

Meghan once described motherhood as being on her “bucket list”, while Harry often told how he would love to have children, particularly after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their own.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019, and the Duke described his birth as “the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined”.

Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold their son Archie


Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hold their son Archie


Credit: PA

Introducing the two-day-old to the world at Windsor Castle, Meghan said: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”

“He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm.”

Days after Archie’s birth, the couple were asked about their new life as parents.

“It’s great. Parenting is amazing. It’s only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy,” Harry said.

Meghan added: “He’s just been the dream so it’s been a special couple of days.”

The couple are protective of Archie’s privacy, and will be perhaps even more so with their new baby, after stepping down from royal duties.

It is thought unlikely the couple will introduce the new member of their family in the same way.

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