Misan Harriman, Nigerian-born British photographer, social activist, and friend of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, captured the image of the year: a beautiful black-and-white photo of the amorous couple lounging on the grass, staring lovingly into each other’s eyes while Markle’s baby bump sits center frame lovingly caressed by her hand, proudly declaring that Archie is about to become a big brother. The news that the happy couple is expecting their second child comes only a few short months after Markle opened up about her recent miscarriage.
Archie’s little brother or sister will be the fifth grandchild for Prince Charles and the tenth – or eleventh – great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip (the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips Tindall is also expecting her third child). Harry and Markle’s second-born will also be eighth in line for the throne, just after Archie and Harry, his or her Cambridge cousins – Prince George (7), Princess Charlotte (5), Prince Louis (2) – and uncle Prince William.
Archie, who will be turning two on May 6th, was born in London and is a British-born citizen who has the right to apply for American citizenship through his mother. As the couple has been self-isolating in their new home in Santa Barbara, California – close to where Markle herself grew up – since last March when the global pandemic struck, it is likely that Archie’s sibling will be an American-born citizen with the right to apply for British citizenship through his/her father and is unlikely to hold a title (just as Meghan and Harry turned a title down for Archie).
This joyous news follows the reports that Markle has won a steady stream of her court cases against the British tabloids for infringement on her privacy. In a statement by Justice Warby, who oversaw the case, he wrote: “It was, in short, a personal and private letter. The majority of what was published was about the claimant’s own behavior, her feelings of anguish about her father’s behavior – as she saw it – and the resulting rift between them. These are inherently private and personal matters.” The ruling is a huge victory for the royal couple, who dared to take on the British tabloid press, a feat that others before have never managed to do.
After the court ruling, Markle issued a statement expressing gratitude that the Associated Newspapers have finally been held responsible “for their illegal and dehumanizing practices. These tactics (and those of their sister publications MailOnline and the Daily Mail) are not new; in fact, they’ve been going on for far too long without consequence. For these outlets, it’s a game. For me and so many others, it’s real life, real relationships, and very real sadness. The damage they have done and continue to do runs deep.”